Lily Allen Reflects on a Life Spent at Glastonbury in New Video
"As Long As I've Got You" features footage from past installments of annual U.K. festival
“I’ve been to Glastonbury pretty much every year since I was born,” Lily Allen says at the beginning of her new video, holding up a picture to the camera. It’s a photo of Allen with her father, Keith, around 1986, the year after Allen was born. From there, the video flashes forward a few years — Allen as a pink-haired teenager, performing her first Glastonbury gig, meeting her now-husband — and lands in this year’s installment of the festival. The clip must have been shot the first day or so of the blowout, because we heard that Glastonbury 2014 was a pretty rainy affair, yet the sky is clear in this clip.
“Glastonbury has always been a huge part of my life, and I wanted to make this video there to celebrate the spirit of the festival and also to show how my life has changed since the last time I played there,” Allen wrote in a press release posted on Pitchfork. “From being there as a child with my Dad, to my wilder days in the 2000s, to this year when I was back on the Pyramid stage, and taking my husband and own daughters along!”
“As Long As I’ve Got You” is the follow-up to “URL Badman,” one of the tracks from Allen’s latest album, Sheezus. In a recent interview with Press Play, Allen admitted that if she could re-do the promotional campaign for the LP, she’d have released the singles in a different order, and discusses how misinformed radio stations and her own songwriting might be to blame for the record’s low performance on the charts. Viewed in that light, the concept for this latest video seems like an attempt to blow off some steam, as most of the video follows the singer as she frolics around the festival, sings with fans, and performs onstage.