Belle & Sebastian cover The Rolling Stones at Latitude festival

Band play ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’

Belle & Sebastian treated fans to a cover of The Rolling Stones‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ during their headline set at Latitude festival yesterday (July 17) – their first UK performance since 2006.

Backed by a string section, the band who returned from an extended hiatus to play the show, opened their set on the Obelisk Arena with a new song ‘I Didn’t See It Coming’.

The Glaswegian indie veterans generated a party atmosphere throughout the show and even onvited fans to dance with them onstage during ‘Funny Little Frog’ and ‘The Boy With The Arab Strap’.

The group played another new track, ‘I’m Not Living In The Real World’, which proved to be an upbeat, poppy song sung by sung by guitarist Stevie Jackson, and is set to feature on the band’s forthcoming eighth studio album which is due for release later this year.

Jackson, who also took lead vocals on the cover of The Rolling Stones‘ 1968 UK Number One single, thanked the crowd for their response, telling them: “Thanks for making an old man very happy.”

Belle & Sebastian played:

‘I Didn’t See It Coming’
‘I’m A Cuckoo’
‘Step Into My Office, Baby’
‘The State I Am In’
‘I’m Not Living In The Real World’
‘If You’re Feeling Sinister’
‘Sukie In The Graveyard’
‘The Fox In The Snow’
‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’
‘Funny Little Frog’
‘The Boy With The Arab Strap’
‘If You Find Yourself Caught In Love’
‘Judy And The Dream Of Horses’
‘Sleep The Clock Around’
‘Get Me Away From Here, I’m Dying’
‘Legal Man’

Earlier on the same stage, Crystal Castles had given a highly-charged performance that ended in chaos after singer Alice Glass appeared to punch a fan in the front row, in retaliation for being groped while crowd-surfing.

Before them, The Maccabees played a riotous early evening set, during which – for reasons unknown – fans in the moshpit hurled shoes at one another.

The Brighton band were preceded on the Obelisk stage by veteran act James, who sparked a mass singalong with hits ’Sit Down’ and ’Sometimes’, while during their last song, ’Laid’, they were joined on stage by a huge team of dancers in fancy dress.