After a whirlwind first day of bands at Worthy Farm, we’re ready to do it all over again. As we mentioned on Friday, gone are the days when if you missed out on Glastonbury tickets you were left to stew at home in a FOMO grump waiting for the highlights on BBC Two after Newsnight. With over 250 hours of BBC coverage across the weekend, you can tune into almost any set you’d want to watch live as it happens from the comfort of your own home, courtesy of the Beeb’s website streaming all of the sets from the six main stages live. There’s so much choice, too much choice. Allow us to plot your viewing for you:
Royal Blood – 14.00, John Peel Stage
Few bands still yet to release their debut album could consider Glastonbury a low-key show for them. Having played to 90,000 fans across two days at Arctic Monkeys’ Finsbury Park weekender last month, though, it’s hard to imagine Brighton pair Royal Blood having too many nerves about their slot in the 10,000-capacity John Peel tent at Worthy Farm. Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher got a huge publicity boost at last year’s Glasto without even playing, when Arctics’ Matt Helders wore a Royal Blood t-shirt during their headline set. This time around, the giant-riffed rock duo will set out to prove they don’t need favours from friends in high places – Royal Blood are world-beaters in their own right.
Fat White Family – 15.00, John Peel Stage
If there’s a band with more sneering sleaze than the UK’s very own Fat White Family out there at the moment, I don’t want to meet them. A vicious live band, whose shows usually unfold in a mess of sweat and nudity, witnessing Fat White Family in the flesh (quite literally) is an experience that’s hard to wipe from your memory. Love ‘em or loathe ‘em, their Peel Stage set will be unforgettable.
Warpaint – 15.00, Other Stage
LA’s Warpaint are weirdly divisive – people seem to either rate their spacey sound as inspired, daze-inducing hypno-rock, or characterless, aural fluff. You can make up your own mind as the four-piece take to the Other Stage mid-afternoon today, playing songs from their recend self-titled second album – as well as, if we’re lucky, a cover of Bowie’s ‘Ashes To Ashes’ they’ve aired a few times on the road of late.
Wolf Alice – 16.00, John Peel Stage
A band that seem destined for the Pyramid Stage in years to come, North London crew Wolf Alice might just be the breakout band of the weekend, should their set on the John Peel Stage go to plan. Hot on the heels of their ‘Creature Songs’ EP, their slot’s likely to be one big grunge-pop adrenaline rush, from the Smashing Pumpkins-esque thrills of ‘Bros’ to bruising recent single ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’. Awesome.
Lana Del Rey – 16.00, Pyramid Stage
She likes the ‘West Coast’ but how about the West Country? Lana’s Somerset outing should be a huge triumph: her new album ‘Ultraviolence’ is a pouting blues-pop success, and as a vocalist, the singer’s come a long way since those nervy early performances that put question marks over her remarkable rise in 2011. The Black Keys are also knocking about this weekend so who knows, maybe we’ll even see a cameo from Dan Auerbach, who produced the new record.
Robert Plant – 17.30, Pyramid Stage
Looking back, the stage seemed perfectly set for a Led Zeppelin reunion at Glastonbury. First, there was the string of high profile Zep reissues announced for release around the festival. Then there was the long wait for a third headliner… could it be? Alas not. This Robert Plant set should suffice for now though. Tune in for reinterpretations of classic Zep tracks from the frontman and his current band, the Sensational Space Shifters (terrible name, isn’t it?), plus more recent solo cuts.
Jack White – 19.30, Pyramid Stage
Worth sticking with the Pyramid Stage into your evening as it’s Jack White time. Before the event Emily Eavis told NME she’s deliberately programmed White and Plant after each other on the bill in the hope they may collaborate. Stranger things have happened. Scrub that, a lot stranger things have happened at Glastonbury. Even if they don’t, you can watch Jack unveil some of the feral highlights from his most recent album ‘Lazaretto’ in front a large UK festival crowd.
Metallica – 22.00, Pyramid Stage
It’s the booking everyone’s been talking about. Are Metallica the right choice for Glastonbury? Either way, they’re here now, and all eyes will be on James Hetfield and co as they take to the Pyramid Stage for this most controversial of headline sets. Their booking’s been likened to Jay Z and Beyonce’s divisive bookings, but really, this is a whole other kettle of fish: where those artists had hits so far-reaching everyone knows them to singalong to, like it or not, Metallica’s riff-heavy dirge is more niche. Despite being one of the biggest-selling artists of all time, Metallica’s brand of rock exists in its own bubble. Will the lack of singalongs count against Lars Ulrich and his San Fran band mates? Don’t be so sure – something tells us this will be a rollercoaster riff ride to remember.
Jake Bugg – 22.15, Other Stage
Once again, this is where watching Glastonbury from home on the BBC comes into it’s own. Bit curious about Metallica, well watch that on your tablet and have Jake Bugg on your laptop. Jake’s played Glastonbury a number of times now, his Pyramid Stage set in 2013 saw one of the biggest crowds of the weekend. Don’t bet against the audience being even bigger for him than the metal titans.