No one can deny that Victorious Festival is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet. For me, the organisers have saved the best for last as Elbow will be closing the festival on Sunday night. I’ve been a fan of Elbow since their 2001 debut Asleep in the Back.
Elbow have played together since 1990 but it was twenty years ago that they adopted name Elbow. The inspiration for the name Elbow came from a line in the BBC TV drama The Singing Detective in which the character Michael Gambon’s character Philip Marlow describes the word elbow as “the loveliest word in the English language.”
The band have played some of the biggest festivals in the world including Coachella and more recently they played the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury. I have been fortunate enough to have seen them play a number of times and on every occasion they have been excellent. I always feel a little short changed if I ever see a band come on stage, play songs and then leave. You won’t get that with Elbow as Guy Garvey is possibly the most engaging front man I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing perform live.
The first time I saw them was at Latitude Festival back in 2008 and later that year at Portsmouth Guildhall. As well as when they played Bestival, on that occasion, they followed the awesome Fleet Foxes and closed the festival.
The band have received much-deserved recognition for their talents. The band have received three Mercury Music Prize nominations. Winning the award in 2008 for The Seldom Seen Kid, beating the likes of Adele, British Sea Power and Radiohead.
The band are now on their seventh album Little Fictions, which was released in February on Polydor and Concord Records. The album features ‘Magnificent (She Says)‘ and ‘Gentle Storm.’ The album lacks a big anthem and was written around the time of lead singer Guy Garvey’s wedding so you can expect love, warmth and romance. As well as a selection of newer tracks I am sure we can expect to hear their biggest tracks on ‘One Day Like This‘ and the beautiful ‘Newborn.’
For those of you who do not have tickets then you can find out more about how you can get involved here – www.victoriousfestival.co.uk/buy-tickets.