Florence + The Machine, The Charlatans, The Libertines, Run The Jewels and many more played on Friday at the festival
Glastonbury 2015 is underway, and the first day passed with wet weather, surprise performances and shows from some huge artists.
The Charlatans were the first band to perform on Glastonbury’s new look Other Stage as they played a secret set at 11am. The band arrived on stage with frontman Tim Burgess a vision in white, wearing a white T-Shirt, white trousers and white sunglasses. He said: “Nice surprise, we’re The Charlatans.” He then took a picture of the sizeable crowd on his phone before launching into the track ‘Weirdo’. Read the full report
Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina have given a talk at Glastonbury’s The Park Stage in an appearance that included an art performance and Q&A with Charlotte Church. The performance began with a staged scene in which the two members overpowered a solider dressed in a black balaclava and carrying a large machine gun. Read the full report here
Later on the Park Stage, Melbourne’s King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard played a suitably psychotropic lunchtime set, in which one sprawling, psychedelic odyssey seemed to bleed into the next. Frontman Stu Mackenzie was on good form throughout, telling the crowd that, “It’s a true pleasure and honour to play here today” and tearing it up on the flute during ‘Hot Water’.
Madrid quartet Hinds shrieked and thrashed their way through an energetic midday slot on the John Peel stage. Moments after bounding onstage, singer and guitarist Carlotta Cosials greeted a shrieking crowd, saying “We are Hinds and we come from a place called Madrid! Are you ready to have music for breakfast?”
Next to her, wearing orange dungarees, singer/guitarist Ana Perrote blew loudly into a lime green kazoo. ‘Bamboo’ and ‘San Diego’ prompted singalongs in the crowd, and Hinds careered to a climax with the spindly riffs of ‘Davy Crockett (Gabba Hey)’. Afterwards, Carlotta thanked the crowd and shouted, “We’re here all weekend! Let’s party!”
Hundreds of fans were left shut out of the tent as Bastille played a secret Glastonbury set this afternoon. Opening with ‘Things We Lost In The Fire’, lead singer Dan Smith greeted the audience by saying how they “only had fifty minutes” and that they wanted to “get through as much as possible”. A raft of new material was played during the set, including one unnamed track based on a distorted guitar riff and another built on a reggae-style rhythm.
Before firing up opening song ‘Up In The Air’, Hooton Tennis Club frontman Ryan Murphy said to the crowd, “Hello Glastonbury. Well, I never thought I’d say that!” The Liverpool quartet then launched into a noisy Williams Green set, barely pausing between songs. Wearing dark denim, the band gathered around the drum riser during ‘I Met Camilla And Drew 14 Dots On Her Knee’, hacked at their guitars during it’s slow, heavy chorus. As it juddered to a conclusion, chants of ‘Hooton! Hooton!’ could be heard among the crowd.
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The Cribs played an energetic performance that began with ‘Mirror Kissers’ and included an enthusiastically received ‘Be Safe’ and ‘Our Bovine Public’. “We only got three hours sleep last night so let’s pretend it’s not lunchtime,” bassist Gary Jarman told the crowd.
Everything Everything played a set that included tracks from the newly released third album ‘Get To Heaven’ including ‘Regret’ and ‘No Reptiles’. At one point, frontman Jonathan Higgs – wearing a multicoloured tunic – told the crowd: “We’re at Number Two in the album chart if you can believe it. That’s thanks to you guys.”
Catfish and the Bottlemen played a rain-lashed 4pm set at Glastonbury’s Other Stage, during which the wet conditions presented considerable technical difficulties for the Llandudno-based band. Pools of water formed on stage and McCann made frequent references to the effect of the water on their instruments. He apologised profusely for a short lull while guitars required retuning. In spite of it all, the band retained a huge crowd and performed much of debut album ‘The Balcony’. McCann repeatedly thanked the audience for their support, and asked security to pick up a demo CD that had been thrown near the stage. He told the person who’d thrown it: “I promise I’ll listen to it”.
Wolf Alice battled technical problems and poor weather conditions to triumph in their Park Stage set. The band arrived on stage at 5pm and began by playing ‘Fluffy’ before moving into ‘You’re A Germ’ and ‘You’re Lovers Whore’ in a set identical to that which they played on the Williams Green Stage on Thursday night.
Motörhead played on the Pyramid Stage at 6.30pm to a large and loud crowd, marking their 40th anniversary with their first ever Glastonbury performance. “This is the first time we’ve ever played here and we’re looking for a good reception, so remember that,” singer Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister told the audience. “We’re looking for a lot of noise. I wanna hear pain.” Drummer Mikkey Dee played a lengthy drum solo during ‘Doctor Rock’, at which point guitarist Phil Campbell donned a T-shirt reading ‘I FUCKING HATE DRUMMERS’. ‘Ace Of Spades’, described by Lemmy as “our most famous song” inspired a mass singalong, before they closed with ‘Overkill’, Lemmy telling the crowd: “Don’t forget us. We are Motörhead and we play rock and fucking roll.”
Having already played at the John Peel stage earlier in the day, Peace played a set of covers at The Rabbit Hole in The Park. “We’re having a wedding reception,” announced Harry Koisser, who was wearing a bridal veil. The rest of the band wore tuxedos. Eschewing their usual set, the band played a variety of covers, including Huey Lewis and the News’ ‘The Power Of Love’, Robbie Williams’ ‘Angels’ and Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’. On their cover of The Who’s ‘I Can’t Explain’ they were joined by Dom Ganderton and Ryan Malcom of Superfood on backing vocals.
A year after cancelling an appearance at Glastonbury to undergo surgery to treat terminal cancer, Wilko Johnson strutted onto the Acoustic Stage in front of a packed crowd. Backed by bassist Norman Watt-Roy and drummer Dylan Howe, the former Dr Feelgood guitarist tore through a set largely drawn from his ’70s heyday. A chugging ‘Going Back Home’ and the clipped riffs of ‘Roxette’ drew huge cheers. After a ten-minute jam of extended soloing from all three band members, a closing cover of Chuck Berry’s ‘Bye Bye Johnny’ finished the performance.
Jamie xx walked onto the Park Stage bathed in the orange light of sunset and played to a crowd that stretched to the top of the hill in front of him, filling the first half of his set with tracks from recent solo debut ‘In Colour’. The crowd chanted loudly along to the melody of ‘Obvs’ and ‘Gosh’ and single ‘Loud Places’ – featuring a recorded vocal from xx bandmate Romy – still prompted cacophonous cheers.
The Libertines performed a secret set on The Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury, filling the gap in the line-up left vacant when Florence + The Machine stepped up to the headline slot to replace the injured Dave Grohl’s Foo Fighters.
The group played new tracks ‘Gunga Gin’, ‘You’re My Waterloo’ and ‘Anthem For Doomed Youth’, which was performed for the very first time. Co-frontman Pete Doherty dedicated a song to his late friend Alan Wass, who died of a heart attack in April this year. Doherty said: “Mr Alan Wass if you’re up there looking down, I’m down here looking up.”
Mary J Blige played a career-spanning set that saw her on her knees performing ‘No More Drama’ and telling the crowd “You’re going to make me cry. She later popped up again – alongside Grandmaster Flash and George Clinton to perform ‘Uptown Funk’ during Mark Ronson’s set, which ended with a mass dance-off to the summer hit. Ronson brought out a huge number of guest stars for his Other Stage performance: Theophilus London did ‘Ooh Wee’, MDNR did ‘Bang Bang Bang’, Daniel Merriweather did his Smiths cover ‘Stop Me’ and Kyle Falconer of The View did ‘The Bike Song’.
Run The Jewels claimed to have made the sun come out for their West Holts Stage set, with El-P saying, “We spent our entire production budget on it.” With Killer Mike now free from the sling he’s been sporting at recent shows following a scuffle at SXSW, it was a high energy set that saw guest spots from DJ Gaslamp Killer and guitarist Boots amp.
Florence And The Machine‘s last-minute headline set on the Pyramid Stage saw the singer running into the crowd and covering Foo Fighters track ‘Times Like These’ in tribute to Dave Grohl, who was forced to pull out of the top spot when he broke his leg earlier this month. Read the full report here.
Other performers throughout the day included Benjamin Booker, Alabama Shakes, James Bay, Circa Waves, The Vaccines, Rudimental, Hot Chip and Caribou. The latter two teamed up at Hot Chip’s West Holts headline performance to play a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Dancing in the Dark’ that segued into ‘All My Friends’.
The action at Worthy Farm continues tomorrow (June 28) with performances from Swim Deep, Courtney Barnett, George Ezra, Years And Years, Clean Bandit, The Maccabees and many more. Kanye West headlines. NME will be reporting all the action throughout the day.