Saturday is go! Today will see sets from Metallica, Jake Bugg, Pixies, Manic Street Preachers and literally hundreds more. Here’s the best of NME’s photography updated through the day.
Circa Waves made their Glastonbury debut with a lunch time set on the Other Stage. The Liverpool band arrived on stage at 12:30pm and played a short set to a modest audience.
Frontman Kieran Shuddall remained jovial throughout and led the band through songs such as ‘Young Chasers’, ‘Get Away’ and ‘Know One’ as well as new song ‘So Long’. At one point, Shuddall remarked that “Glastonbury is all about collaborations and performing with other artists from across the bill.”
Adding, “Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the stage; James Hetfield from Metallica!” Perhaps unsurprisingly, the frontman of tonight’s headline band did not emerge to join the band on recent single ‘Stuck In My Teeth.’
Banksy’s latest art piece is doing the rounds of the festival. Titled ‘Sirens of the Lambs’ the artwork is a truck stuffed with cuddly toy sheep squealing. Peta obviously love it.
The Black Tambourines opened the John Peel Stage at 11am.
You don’t see that at V Festival.
The Falmouth bands have become Radar favourites.
Royal Blood played the John Peel stage and performed a rip-roaring rendition of ‘Out Of The Black’.
The Royal Blood crowd was considerable. No surprises there.
Rapper Angel Haze kicked off her 1.15pm set on the Pyramid Stage by jumping straight onto the speaker stack, running into the crowd and standing on the railings and leaning into the audience.
“What the fuck is up Glastonbury?” she said before ‘Werkin’ Girls’ and ‘No Bueno’ and ‘Deep Sea Diver’ from her 2013 debut LP ‘Dirty Gold’.
Sitting on a massive pile of horse manure, as you do.
Literally hundreds of people have fallen on their butts in the mud. No laughing.
Kelis brought some sparkle to the Pyramid Stage as rain started to spit down for her 2.30 afternoon set.
Taking to the stage – which was decked out in gold fabric and mirrors – in a luminous pink robe, she stood a book and her mobile phone down on a music stand next to her before launching into a sultry rendition of Nina Simone’s ‘Feeling Good’, accompanied by a brass quartet. ‘Breakfast’, the opener to her recent album ‘Food’ followed.
The Internet aka Syd, The Kyd.
Warpaint played a laid back mid afternoon set, arriving on stage at 3pm on The Other Stage. Guitarist Theresa Weyman was in animated form, instructing the crowd to “Wave as much as you want, dance as much as you want and sing too. Only as much as you want though, it’s not a race,” during ‘Feeling Alright’.
Weyman also tried to create a new nickname for the festival, trying out both “G-Berry” and “Glaston-B.” She later introduced ‘Undertow’ by saying, “This is your favourite song. Everyone seems to love this one.”
Later on in the hour-long set, the LA band played ‘Love Is To Die’, ‘No Way Out’ and ‘Elephants’,
Emily Kokal of the band told their fans, “Have a good weekend. Don’t take too much drugs.”
A Womack fan pays tribute.
A huge crowd greeted Lana Del Rey for her 4pm set on the Pyramid Stage, which began with her band on stage making atmospheric sounds. Del Rey emerged from stage left wearing a red and yellow tie-dyed dress and opened with ‘Cola’.
She then walked to the side of the stage again and whispered worriedly in the ear of a black-clad technician. Moving back to the centre of the stage, she told the crowd – in her muted way, “It’s amazing to be here today. I’m so excited to be here. I hope you guys are having the time of your lives.”
Brisbane band Black Realm played a momentous set.
Young Fathers play the Park Stage.
Also at 3pm, Bombay Bicycle Club played a secret set at the BBC iIntroducing stage ahead of their performance tomorrow on the Other Stage. The London quartet kicked things off with ‘Shuffle’, taken from their latest album ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’ before continuing to play for half an hour to a packed tent.
Fat White Family were clearly feeling the heat of their well-attended 3pm at the John Peel stage – three out of the six members, including frontman Lias Saoudi, were stripped down to just their shorts or trousers from the off. The sun was shining outside the tent, but the tone was dark inside as they played fan favourites ‘Is It Raining In Your Mouth’ and ‘Touch The Leather’ in quick succession.
Saoudi has recently suffered from ill health (bandmate and brother Nathan recently told NME Lias had “pneumonia – he’s not got HIV”) but even if he looked like a man who’s not slept for days, there was no lack of energy as he barked lyrics and stalked around the stage with an air of menace.
Wolf Alice smashed it on the John Peel Stage. Next stop, Pyramid Stage, we reckon.
Another view of Wolf Alice in full flow on the John Peel Stage.
Nice threads, Ellie from Wolf Al. Very floral.
You know you’re doing something right when you’re sparking this kind of crowd surfing chaos. Nice one, Wolf Alice.
One of the moments of the weekend – Haim and Mumford & Sons collaborating in the Avalon Cafe. Mumford & Sisters, anyone?
The collaboration saw them cover two Rolling Stones songs as Mumford’s Gentlemen of the Road takeover of the Avalon Cafe went next level.
Robert Plant bringing his iconic vocal to the Pyramid Stage.
It pissed it down for the entirety of Plant’s set, leaving the Pyramid Stage area in quite the state. You could say there was a Whole Lotta Mud.
Gridlock outside the John Peel tent.
Manics on the Other Stage, in fantastic form.
Jack White took to the Pyramid Stage at 7.30, for a gloriously ramshackle, no-nonsense set that featured both new solo tracks and White Stripe classics.
Jack White bringing the rawk.
Pixies bringing the loud quiet loud to the Other Stage. ‘Caribou’, ‘Bone Machine’ and ‘Vamos’ were highlights.
Paz Lenchantin, Pixies’ new bassist, sported a fetching red bow on her guitar.
Joey Santiago and Black Francis of Pixies shred it out.
Goldfrapp gave an energetic performance.
Imagine Dragons embracing the mud.
The reaction to Metallica has been mixed.
Jake Bugg headlined the Other Stage above Manics and Pixies to an enormous crowd.
Coming onstage just after 9.30pm, the singer opened with ‘There’s A Beast And Someone Will Feed It’, from his 2013 second album ‘Shangri La’, which was produced by Rick Rubin.
“Hello Glastonbury” he said casually before moving straight into ‘Trouble Town’ – the opening track from his 2012 self-titled debut album.