June 26, 2009 10:35

News of Michael Jackson's death hits East 17 Glastonbury show

Trio's set rocked by the news at Worthy Farm

News of Michael Jackson's death hits East 17 Glastonbury show
Fans' enjoyment of East 17's show last night (June 25) at the Glastonbury festival was interrupted by the news that Michael Jackson had died of a heart attack in Los Angeles.

The trio played in the Dance Lounge at 10:30pm (BST), when many audience members began fielding text messages revealing the news of the singer's death, which quickly spread around the huge crowd.

On stage Brian Harvey and co were unaware of the news, playing a hit-packed set to a backing track including 'Steam', 'Let It Rain' and 'Hold My Body Tight'.

Earlier in the evening thousands of fans had congregated in and around the tent, all set for the band’s initial stage time of 8pm – subsequently changed until later.

Many boo-ed as the new stage times were revealed on large screens and it emerged that East 17 would not in fact be on until 10:30pm.

"How are you feeling Glasto?" Harvey asked the audience as he opened the set. "You’ve made my night," he added, referring to the huge size of the crowd. "In fact you’ve just made my year. We never thought we’d be on this stage again."

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