Friday at the festival will culminate with headline performance from Arctic Monkeys
Glastonbury 2013 kicked off today, with acts including Peace, Haim, Beady Eye, Miles Kane and Arctic Monkeys performing.
The Horrors took the opportunity of their first Glastonbury stage headline slot to reveal some of the work they’ve been doing on their fourth album. “It doesn’t have a name yet, because titles tend to come last,” singer Faris Badwan told the Friday evening Park Stage crowd, before launching into an upbeat track reminiscent of the poppiest, most anthemic moments of their last album ‘Skying’. After a mass singalong to ‘Still Life’, the band closed with a ferocious, drawn-out take on ‘Moving Further Away’.
Meanwhile, over on the West Holts stage, Nile Rodgers, the man behind the disco strut of Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ played a string of his legendary hits including David Bowie’s ‘Lets Dance’, Diana Ross’ ‘Upside Down’, Sister Sledge’s ‘We Are Family’ and ‘Le Freak’ with his band Chic. “We’ve waited 35 years for this!” he told the crowd. He closed the set by thanking his “boys” Pharrell Williams and Daft Punk, as ‘Get Lucky’ was, oddly, played over the speakers but not performed live.
Playing an hour-long set to warm up for trip-hop titans Portishead, Foals proved their range with the anthemic ‘Inhaler’ and an emotive ‘Spanish Sahara’ before closing, as they often do, with a nod back to their roots in the form of a frenetic version of ‘Two Steps, Twice’.
Crystal Castles‘ headline set on the John Peel Stage began 20 minutes late and ended after just 40 minutes, with reports that the BBC’s live stream was cut midway through, apparently at the band’s request. The late start did not bode well for the rest of the set, and when Ethan Kath and Alice Glass finally emerged, it was to a half-empty tent. From opener ‘Plague’ onwards, Glass appeared unhappy, begining the show sitting on the stage with her head in her hands.
Nevertheless, the duo powered through hits like ‘Baptism’ and ‘Celestica’, with Glass happily venturing out into the crowd, and on seemingly fine form. There were underones of frustration throughout, however, and after ‘Not In Love’ – which appeared unusually early in the set – the BBC’s coverage seems to have been cut.
After ‘Crimewave’, Glass also appeared to collapse, only to return to the stage shortly afterwards. During the next song, however, she seemed to mimic choking herself with a mic-lead, and though she did wade out into the crowd once more, when she returned to the stage the band promptly finished their set, to the confusion and disappointment of the crowd. In the end, the compere had to come out and announce that the band would not be returning for an encore. “That really is it folks,” he said, as he threw Glass’ cigarette lighter into the crowd. “She’s gone.”
Over on the Sonic stage, Disclosure brought their chart-topping hits to a hugely overfilled tent. The duo were joined onstage by a number of their guest vocalists including Aluna Francis for ‘White Noise’, her second guest spot of the day after also popping up during Dizzee Rascal’s set, and Jessie Ware for ‘Confess To Me’. Hundreds of fans were left stuck outside the tent as the staked their claim as the UK’s fastest rising dance act. Between cameo appearances, brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence played tracks from their Number One album ‘Settle’, including ‘When A Fire Starts To Burn.’
Dizzee Rascal performed a Pyramid Stage set heavy on songs from new album ‘The Fifth’, recently delayed from its July 1 release, and featuring guests including the aforementioned AlunaGeorge’s Aluna Francis.
New songs performed included ‘Superman’, ‘Bassline Junkie’, ‘I Don’t Need A Reason’, ‘Spend Some Money’ and ‘We Don’t Play Around’. The latter’s guest vocalist Jessie J, did not appear, but up-and-coming singer Angel did arrive on stage to sing ‘Good’. Before performing ‘Something Really Bad’, which on record features will.i.am, Dizzee said, “Don’t get too excited – he’s not here.” Robbie Williams, who appears on recent single ‘Goin’ Crazy’, appeared only as a projected video.
There was also a selection of older songs, including ‘I’m so Heavy’, ‘I Luv U’, ‘Fix Up Look Sharp’ and ‘Jus’ A Rascal’, which he introduced by saying, “Tonight Matthew, I’m going to be Dizzee Rascal”. Having jumped into the crowd, he performed closing track ‘Bonkers’ from among the audience, while waving a British flag and wearing a white cowboy hat.
Alt-J played their second show of the festival, but last night’s secret gig at William’s Green was only a prelude to their early-evening appearance on the Other Stage in front of a massive crowd that the band themselves looked humbled by. “I first came to Glastonbury four years ago,” said keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton before ‘Fitzpleasure’. “I was handing out demo CD’s for a band called Daljit Dhaliwal, which was our name at the time. Its awesome to be playing here, thank you so much.”
There were few surprises in a set which drew heavily from debut album ‘An Awesome Wave’, with frontman Joe Newman ceding the choruses of ‘Matilda’ to an obliging crowd, while ‘Tessellate’ and ‘Breezeblocks’ also seemed to affirm the Leeds quartet as potential headliners-in-waiting. Their hour-long show then came to a close with ‘Taro’.
A vastly over-capacity crowd spilled out of the sides of the John Peel tent for Bastille, making their Glastonbury debut. The London-based band played a selection of tracks from their chart-topping 2013 debut ‘Bad Blood’ and their two covers mixtapes. ‘Things We Lost In The Fire’ was an early crowd-pleaser, as was a cover of City High’s ‘What Would You Do?’ and a run through former single ‘Flaws’. Singer Dan Smith was an animated presence throughout, singing, dancing, playing keyboards and beating a tom-tom drum.
The Vaccines took to the Pyramid Stage at 6.30pm. Dressed in a black denim jacket, frontman Justin Young said: “OK Glastonbury, hands in the air, oh yeah” before a rousing version of ‘Wetsuit’.
The London-based band also played a host of songs from their second album, ‘Come of Age’, including ‘Teenage Icon’ and ‘No Hope’. “This is a dream come true, to be playing on the Pyramid Stage,” said Young, “thank you for having us,” before ‘Post Break-Up Sex’. The band also played their brand new track, the low-key ‘Melody Calling’.
Palma Violets‘ Glastonbury debut came on The Park Stage, their early evening slot pulling in a respectable crowd despite stiff competition from Tame Impala and The Vaccines.
“You’re not watching fucking Tame Impala, are you?” sneered bassist Chilli Jesson by way of an introduction, before careening into opener ‘Jonny Bagga’ Donuts’. Jesson and co-frontman Sam Fryers were their usual rambunctious selves, bantering with the crowd and seeming to make it through the likes of ‘Rattlesnake Highway’ and ‘Tom The Drum’s by “the seat of their pants and the skin of their teeth”, before the set peaked with a mass singalong to ‘Best Of Friends’.
Tame Impala played to a large crowd at the Other Stage, having performed for the first time at the last Glastonbury festival, in 2011. This time, members of The Horrors and The Maccabees were in attendance to witness tracks including the stomping ‘Elephant’ and ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’. “This is a fucking amazing experience,” said a happy Kevin Parker, who was flanked by the band’s new bassist Cam Avery, a recent replacement for Pond frontman Nick Allbrook. The band closed with ‘Half Full Glass Of Wine’.
Miles Kane was joined on stage by Arctic Monkeys‘ Alex Turner, the pair reforming their Last Shadow Puppets act for a special performance. The singer was performing on the John Peel Stage when he was joined by Turner to perform ‘Standing Next To Me’, a song the pair released in 2008. The appearance was a surprise to the fans who had gathered to see Kane’s late afternoon slot in the tent.
Prior to Turner’s appearance, a visibly up-for-it Miles Kane played to a packed-out and ecstatic audience, strutting and scissor-kicking his way through a set of old and new material. The crowd was already spilling out of the tent as Kane took to the stage, looking characteristically dapper in an attention-grabbing Union Jack jacket. Opening with ‘King Crawler’, Kane then led the crowd in a singalong of 2011 single ‘Rearrange’ before airing a selection of tracks from his recently released second solo album, ‘Don’t Forget Who You Are’, with ‘Better Than That’ and the album’s title track proving particular favourites.
Enter Shikari drew a large crowd to the Other Stage, where their 45-minute set seemed to make room for every genre of music present at the festival. “This isn’t easy music,” said frontman Rou Reynolds, wearing a T-shirt declaring ‘NHS Not Trident’, “But when music starts getting predictable, you stop thinking, you stop using your mind. And if you don’t use your mind, somebody else will.”
Reynolds, pictured right crowdsurfing, then proceeded to lead the post-hardcore quartet through an eclectic and energetic set featuring the likes of ‘Sssnakepit’ and ‘Gandhi, Mate, Ghandi’ during which bassist Chris Batten and guitarist Rory Clewlow ran down to the front of the stage and started beating large plastic bins. “There are 657,000 hours in the average human life span,” Reynolds told the crowd before set-closer ‘Constellations’. “You’ve spent one of those very precious hours with us, and, er, thank you very much.”
Over on the William’s Green stage, Savages played the first of their two scheduled Glastonbury appearances this weekend. Prior to their appearance on the John Peel Stage tomorrow evening June 29) the band tore through a ferocious set including the single ‘She Will” as well as ‘Shut Up’ and ‘I Am Here’. Finishing off with ‘Husbands’, lead singer Jehnny Beth thanked the audience and wished everybody a “great day.”
Jake Bugg earlier debuted two new songs and included a Neil Young cover in his well-attended afternoon Pyramid Stage set. The first new track was a dark, moody, rocky number featuring the lyrics, “There’s a lot I need to tell you there’s a lot that you should know/Oh, anyway, it’s been a long long day”. The second, ‘Slumville Sunrise’, was a more frenetic country-rock stomp. After an acoustic section with stripped-down takes on ‘Country Song’ and ‘Broken’, Bugg covered Neil Young’s ‘Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)’, before closing with ‘Lightning Bolt’.
Peace took to the stage at 3pm at the John Peel arena, shortly after an appearance by The 1975 which saw the tent filled to capacity. Braving the mud in white dungarees, Peace’s lead singer Harry Koisser walked on stage, took out a sword and waved it above his head before starting the set. Opening with ‘Follow Baby’ the Birmingham marked their first Glastonbury appearance with a set filled with tracks from their debut album ‘In Love’ including ‘Wraith’, ‘Bloodshake’ and ‘Float Forever’.
Haim drew the first big crowd to the Pyramid Stage at this year’s Glastonbury festival, with a 12.30pm set following Malian musician Toumani Diabate.
The band opened their set, which was almost an hour long, with ‘Better Off’, before playing the singles ‘Forever’ and ‘Falling’ as well as ‘The Wire’ and ‘Honey and I’, which are thought to feature on their forthcoming debut album.
“I think this is the best moment of my life right now,” said bass played Este Haim after their rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Oh Well’, beckoning their tour manager onto the stage to take a photograph of the band and document the moment. She later said that she wasn’t sure if she was pronouncing the name of festival of correctly, saying it was “so LA” of her, before thanking the “hot babes” who helped her to get it right.
At one point, Este left the stage, returning looking shaky and telling the crowd it’s “the problem with being diabetic”. She then performed two songs sitting down, and Alana Haim asked the crowd to “give it up for that trouper over there”. The band finished the set with every member of the group playing drums on a rowdy version of ‘Let Me Go’.
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