Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Glastonbury Festival, June 30, 2013

cave glastoUpdate: the live stream is up on Youtube (except for the opening track) – well, for now anyway!

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds‘ Glastonbury set (see the whole show streaming on the BBC website for a while, anyway, and the track “Jubilee Street” below) was excellent.

The setlist (below) included the tracks which have formed the spine of the Bad Seeds shows for many years – From Her to Eternity, Mercy Seat, Red Right Hand, Deanna, etc. – together they comprise a darkly disturbing greatest hits (the electric chair, murder, the devil and a ton of gothic horror – plus the odd love story!)


  1. We No Who U R
  2. Jubilee Street
  3. From Her to Eternity
  4. Deanna
  5. Jack the Ripper
  6. Tupelo
  7. People Ain’t No Good
  8. The Mercy Seat
  9. Stagger Lee
  10. Push the Sky Away
  11. Encore: Red Right Hand

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at Glastonbury – review

A messy brawl of demonic sophisti-folk followed by powerful restraint, while a girl in white is hypnotised Sunday 30 June 2013

A gig of two halves, Satan. Cave’s first 20 minutes is a fervent but messy brawl of demonic sophisti-folk, Nick setting loose his barking baritone on songs of screaming dischord, the Seeds thrashing, beating and battering their instruments like the bar band in Hell just after the whiskey runs out. But slowly the set takes focus; Deanna roars along with a savage edge but Tupelo introduces a hint of Cave’s inherent grandeur, allowing him to slip from there to the piano to croon a moving People Ain’t No Good. At which point restraint becomes as powerful as the Seeds’ ravenous beer-hall bluster; a ten-minute Stagger Lee is a masterclass in tension and drama, Cave balancing precariously on the crowd barrier with audience members holding him up by the boot-heel as he leans out to sing his tale of a deviant killer directly into the eyes of a hypnotised girl in white hoisted on someone’s shoulders. A slot in the Circus field awaits next year, perhaps.

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