Abbey Road's Guide To Glastonbury 2015Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Whether it’s as a recording studio, live music venue or for mastering, here’s a brief list of some ways in which this year’s Glastonbury headliners have made use of Abbey Road Studios over time, as well as a rundown of some of our favourite acts playing the main stages this year.
Sure to be a sing-along favourite on Sunday, Lionel Richie’s easy-listening hit “Easy” as part of the Commodores was mastered for UK release on 7” single in 1977 by Abbey Road for the Motown Record Corporation. Abbey Road Studios would go on to master a series of Motown records for UK release throughout the rest of the 1970s.
A few years before they received more mainstream success in the mid-1980s, The Waterboys’ eponymous debut album released in 1983 – that eventually got them signed to Island Records paving the way for things to come - was mastered at Abbey Road. Later, during the mid-1990s, one of Motorhead’s earliest and rawest releases 1975’s “On Parole” was also digitally mixed and remastered by Abbey Road engineers.
Most of Belle & Sebastian’s album output from the 2000s (right up to their most recent release “Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance” earlier in 2015) was mastered at the hands of Abbey Road engineers, as were various releases by the Chemical Brothers, and the past 10 years have also seen Paul Weller, Alabama Shakes, The xx, James Bay, La Roux, Ella Eyre and Gorgon City all stop by to do live performances and interviews in the Studios.
Below is our pick of this year’s top headliners and up and coming acts, all of who have passed through our doors at one point or another to record some incredible studio works.
Florence + The Machine
Florence + The Machine recorded large parts of their breakthrough 2011 album “Ceremonials” at Abbey Road Studios, including live footage from recording for the video for single ”What The Water Gave Me.” They’ll be headlining the Pyramid Stage on Friday night.