Emily Eavis on Florence + The Machine’s Glastonbury performance: ‘She was just incredible’

"For me there wasn't any question about Florence getting the slot"

Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis has called Florence And The Machine‘s Friday night (June 26) headlining slot “just incredible”.

The band stepped up after Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl broke his leg in Gothenburg earlier this month and performed the Foo’s track ‘Times Like These’ in tribute to the singer-guitarist.

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Speaking via The Glastonbury Free Press, a newspaper distributed to festival attendees, Eavis admitted it had been ‘gutting’ when Grohl and co were forced to pull out of this year’s event, but said she had no reservations about bumping Flo up into the coveted slot.

“Obviously it was gutting when the Foo Fighters had to pull out,” she said. “But for me there wasn’t any question about Florence getting the slot. And she was just incredible. She owned it completely. She’s going to be headlining festivals all over the world. What a star.”

Eavis also revealed that she’s taken the time to explore the site and take in the crowd’s reactions. “I absolutely love walking through the crowd, picking up on the atmosphere and overhearing people’s conversations. The site looks incredible. We’ve brought in as much visual art as possible, to try to change the way people look at things and to just blow their minds. And I’ve got a long list of tweaks and changes for next year that I’ve noticed from walking around.”

Though she gave no hints on who might be performing at Glastonbury 2016, Eavis did claim that the bookings start next week. “It never stops!” she said.

Kanye West took to the Pyramid Stage for the Saturday headlining set last night (June 27), ending his performance by proclaiming himself the “greatest living rock star in the world.” The Chicago rapper performed a nearly two hour set on the Pyramid Stage, playing tracks from throughout his career as well as a short cover of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.

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