The Klaxons are very excited to be here. "Glastonbury, this is everything I've worked for in my life," announces singer and bass player Jamie Reynolds. "Our lives," chips in James Righton who shares singing duties from behind his keyboard. The Klaxons are the latest darlings of the British music press, having been hailed by the NME as leading the "New Rave" movement. In reality, it's not so much a movement as an ill-fitting term for some young bands with little more in common than the occasional inclusion of a synthesizer and bright clothes and accessories.
A huge crowd has turned out to see what it's all about. The already-devoted young ones in mud-splattered day-glo crammed in the middle bounce along as the Klaxons work through their debut album "Myths Of The Near Future" which hit No. 2 in the U.K. With "Golden Skans," their Top 10 single, the older folk in brown at the back can even get it. Close harmonies and a tight synth beat show influences closer to early 1980s post-punk than late 1980s rave. Righton tells the crowd how the band first met three years ago at the festival, "in a tent over there," he says pointing at the sea of canvas disappearing in the distance. "This is a dreams come true right here," says Reynolds.