Tempest's set was plagued by sound difficulties, while Morales' was so popular the area was closed
The festival may officially start tomorrow, but Thursday June 26 at Glastonbury 2014 saw a number of performances, including secret shows by The 1975 and Metronomy.
Kate Tempest’s late-running 9pm set at the Rum Shack in The Common saw crowds spilling out at the side, but Tempest was keen for everyone to get a good view. “It’s not actually that full if you want to push,” she said. Her set was marred by persistent sound problems, but the poet-turned-rapper kept the momentum going by freestyling a capella. “Usually if I start freestyling it seems like showing off and I don’t like it, but it seems like the right thing to do,” she said, before one. She later referred to her recent debut album ‘Everybody Down’, from which her set was taken. “This record has changed my life, I’m so fucking happy,” she said.
Taking to the ship-shaped Wow! stage in the Silver Hayes field at 9.40pm, East India Youth, aka electronic musician William Doyle, too experienced technical difficulties, and took to the stage 25 minutes late. The sound problems plagued him throughout the energetic performance in the busy tent, which was also cut short because of his late starting time.
Opening by saying a simple “Hello” to the large crowd, Doyle launched into a rowdy ‘Dripping Down’ from his debut album, ‘Total Strife Forever’, which was released earlier this year. Strapping on guitar over his slick black suit and red tie, the Bournemouth musician went into ‘Looking For Someone’ before thanking the crowd for their patience. The sound problems continued for the artist after ‘Heaven, How Long’, with Doyle at one point telling the sound engineer “I can’t fucking hear a thing”. Despite the issues, he finished the set headbanging over his synth to cheers from the audience. East India Youth plays another set on Friday (June 27) at 2pm, again on the Wow! stage.
At Block 9, DJ David Morales played a two-hour DJ set in tribute to the late Frankie Knuckles (pictured), who died on March 31, 2014. Such was the demand for his set, the entire Block 9 field was temporarily closed off. His classic house set included Knuckles’ own ‘Baby Wants To Ride’.
Morales was a close friend of the Chicago DJ and spoke to NME about the night prior to the event: “I not only had the honour of meeting Frankie but I also had the opportunity to grow up with him and see the world together,” he said.
Frankie was a huge influence in my life. Both personal and as a musician. His passing took a part of me. Frankie was in a class all by himself. His music was soothing to the soul. He always had a smile for you.”