June 26, 2010 23:18
Billy Bragg headlines Leftfield stage he curated at Glastonbury
'We're providing the red edge to the green politics this festival is famous for,' declares singer-songwriter
Billy Bragg headlined the stage he curated in the Leftfield this evening (June 26) at Glastonbury.
Playing to a rammed tent – which saw sets from Thea Gilmore and Frank Turner earlier in the afternoon – hundreds of people were stuck outside unable to get in.
Bragg treated the crowd to a selection of classic tracks, including 'Sexuality', 'The Milkman of Human Kindness' and 'Levi Stubbs' Tears', as well as his cover of Leon Rosselson's 'The World Turned Upside Down'.
"We're providing the red edge to the green politics that this festival is famous for," explained Bragg who is curating the Leftfield, which has been absent from the festival for the past few years.
Bragg also talked at length about anti-fascist activists, telling the tent "don't let anyone tell you you can't change the world through activism". He explained how he was knocking on doors during election day in his home town of Barking to stop the BNP being elected, after which he played a new song, 'The Battle Of Barking'.
"I believe passionately that you can change the world by your actions," said Bragg, before playing 'I Keep Faith'.
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