Coldplay serve as Saturday’s headline act over at the Pyramid Stage, bringing a spectacular firework and laser show to Worthy Farm.
Arriving onstage to the theme from Back To The Future, the band opened their set with new song ‘Hurts Like Heaven’.
Introducing new song ‘Major Minus’ Chris Martin asked the crowd to forgive them playing new material, joking: “Please forgive us for playing new songs, one day they’ll be your favourites, but now it’s OK to be thinking, ‘What the fuck?'”
The band were forced to halt and restart new tune ‘Us Against The World’ after Martin misses a cue, quipping: “Forget that fuck-up just happened. This is an open rehearsal. Let’s forget this is a festival and we’re supposed to be professional headliners.”
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Ahead of their performance, Wild Beasts’ Tom Fleming told NME: “I think in a lot of ways we’re not kind of your traditional festival band I guess, maybe a little more quiet, our music’s a little more intimate. I think what we’re trying to do is make the point that this music only really makes sense when you play it live.”
Mumford & Sons perform an impromptu show for the Strummerville campsite area, which is named after the late Clash legend Joe Strummer. “It’s a good secret spot of goodness at Glastonbury,” Marcus Mumford declares of Strummerville during the show, which includes a cover of Neil Young’s ‘Dance Dance Dance’.
When asked about playing The Park setting, Wild Beasts’ Tom Fleming said: “It’s a big outside space and we want to make it intimate, we want to sing to people because it isn’t a faceless, nameless mass, it is people, people actually watch it and listen. That’s pretty awesome. For a while we couldn’t even get on a festival bill so to be headlining The Park stage, it’s very cool.”
Noah & The Whale perform on the John Peel Stage on Saturday.
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Glasvegas frontman James Allan is known for his all-white attire. How does he keep it clean at muddy Glastonbury? Bassist Paul Donoghue told NME: “He’s actually in the dressing room with towels everywhere. He’s refusing to walk in anything that isn’t clean cloth. From the ankle up he’s pristine. I think he’ll make it clean.”
The sun begins to set over Glastonbury 2011.
Want to take a break from the music and relax? The Cinema Tent shows films every night.
Battles bring ‘Gloss Drop’ to the John Peel Stage.
Glasto founder Michael Eavis takes a bit of time away from his work and enjoys his celebrity status.
Pulp perform a surprise set on The Park stage on Saturday – their fourth appearance at Glastonbury, having played there in 1994, 1995 and 1998.
Pulp arrive on stage to sunshine. “We couldn’t think of anything to get you so we brought the sunshine,” Jarvis Cocker quips before opener ‘Do You Remember The First Time?’.
Pulp’s setlist veers off course from their recent comeback shows, and includes ‘Acrylic Afternoons’ and ‘Live Bed Show’, which the frontman explains the band hasn’t played in a very long time. But they also find time for plenty of classics including ‘Disco 2000’, ‘Sorted For E’s & Wizz’ and closer ‘Common People’.
“Thanks Glastonbury, obviously it’s been a very important place for us,” Jarvis Cocker tells his audience at the end of the show. “When we played in ’95 things took off for us and we went in a strange orbit around the earth, and now we’re back home in one piece.”
Ahh, Glastonbury Festival.
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This year marks Elbow’s 20-year anniversary. “It’s, like, 20 years this month that the band formed, so to be celebrating here is pretty special really,” frontman Guy Garvey tells NME. “Playing second headliner on the Pyramid Stage is something I never thought I’d do. It’s mindblowing – it’s one of those things you can’t actually take in.”
Surprisingly, that might be more sanitary than the campsite is.
“There’s something about the land and the sky round here – it’s pretty trippy really,” Elbow’s Guy Garvey tells NME. “I’m from the north, so there are all these hills on the horizon and there isn’t in this part of the world… You can understand why they believed in magic and stuff like that round here, because there’s just something vibrant about it.”
Fans reach out to Mr Garvey during his performance with Elbow.
Guy Garvey praises the attitude of the punters and staff at the famous event. “You get here and everybody’s happy, all the staff are happy,” he tells NME. “There’s no ‘computer says no’ attitude like there is in the rest of the world. It reaffirms your faith in human nature, being here for a couple of days a year.”
Glasto’s full of gorgeous and bizarre pieces of art.
We catch up with Warpaint backstage.
Was this a case of crowd-surfing gone wrong?
It’s lunchtime at Glasto.
Yuck definitely look like they’re posing for this one.
Tame Impala perform on The Park stage.
Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker looks festival-ready with his headband.
Glastonbury is full of gorgeous ladies this year, eh?
Yuck perform to a packed John Peel Stage on Saturday.
Tents are always a nice place to escape to at a rainy festival.
Looks like the mud’s all dried up and the sun’s shining over Worthy Farm.
Patrick Wolf gets up close and personal with his fans on Saturday.
That’s one way to spend your Glasto afternoon. We just hope no-one stepped on him.
According to thisisfakediy.co.uk, Patrick Wolf told the crowd he’s “going to headline one day”. After diving into the crowd, he thanked his fans for coming to see him at “a stage we didn’t want to play”.
A few Glasto-goers smile for the NME camera.
Patrick Wolf brings his new album ‘Lupercalia’ to the Oxlyers In West Stage at Glasto 2011.
That’s quite a lot of people…
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The Horrors launched their new album ‘Skying’ at Glastonbury on the John Peel Stage. Keyboard player Tom Cowan said of his band’s new material: “It’s been going down better than our old stuff. We got to the point where we realised we needed to get up on stage and play these songs. It’s been getting better every night too.”
Glastonbury Festival really is a beautiful place.
Friendly Fires told NME they want to be the next Chemical Brothers. “That’s definitely a goal for our band,” shared lead singer Ed Macfarlane. “We have a dance sensibility and euphoria to our music which I think is in common with the band. It would be nice for a change, as the same four dance acts tend to play festivals.”
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Yuck backstage at Glasto. Lucky for Jonny that no matter how humid it gets outside, his hair can’t get much frizzier than it already is.
With everyone having to waddle across the mud, these costumes actually make quite a lot of sense.
That’s cute and all, but how the heck do they fit into their tents? And more importantly, how do they use the toilets?
Emerge NME Radar Tour 2011 alumna Anna Calvi performs on the John Peel Stage.
Now that is how you travel in style at Glasto.
Anna Calvi shows Worthy Farm what she’s made of over on the John Peel Stage.
There are plenty of happy faces at Worthy Farm this weekend.
Don’t worry – these are not real people.
Tinie Tempah brings the stars out over on the Pyramid Stage, calling the day “the greatest day of my life”.
What would a music festival be without space for punters to create their own music?
Glastonbury – a place of fun for all ages.
The Kills’ Alison Mosshart rocks out on the Other Stage on Saturday afternoon.
We really hope this guy found a shower.
Cider is pretty much a summertime festival staple.
Kate Moss was spotted backstage at Glastonbury Festival 2011, looking fashionable as usual.
A festival site can always use some colourful artwork to brighten things up.
Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince of The Kills perform at Glasto 2011.
Don’t try to push your way through the crowd to get to the front. Not gonna happen.
Graham Coxon plays on The Park stage on a sunny Saturday afternoon.
Even the law enforcement team are enjoying the Saturday sunshine of Glasto.
Even though Arctic Monkeys aren’t playing at Glasto, Alex Turner was spotted backstage.
These punters look either really tired or really bored. Or maybe just really drunk.
Those Dancing Days play a set over on The Park stage.
Jessie J is said to have drawn one of the biggest crowds of the weekend during her performance on the Other Stage.
That’s one way to avoid stepping in any mud.
Jessie J still performed at Glasto, despite being hospitalised after falling offstage at Wembley. Looks like she’s making a good recovery, though!
A few punters stop for some lunch at Glastonbury Festival 2011.
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs at Cubehenge on Saturday.
The best looking blokes at the festival?
That might not be the best spot for a picnic.
The sun is shining over Worthy Farm on Saturday afternoon.
Reggie Yates, the voice behind Rastamouse, told NME: “Nah, I’m not inside the suit. I’m not gonna go and watch him, I’ve got work to do! I’m here for BBC3 so I’m on camera. I haven’t got time for that! That’s something I did a year ago, it’s been on since… so yeah, I haven’t got time.”
These punters are looking rather mud-free at Glasto. Impressive work, guys.
Stornoway perform on the Pyramid Stage on Saturday.
Ouch. Now that’s some serious campsite carnage.
The ground may look bleak, but these punters sure brighten the festival site up.
Glasto-goers attempt to walk on the muddy field without taking any embarrassing tumbles.
Nicolas Jaar performs at West Holts.
Matching wellies and matching smiles. They look like they’ve having a grand ol’ time at Glasto.
Don’t want to trudge across the muddy fields by foot? A bike is probably a smart alternative.
Don’t want to stand on your feet all day? Don’t want to sit on the mud? These people are prepared for Glastonbury.
A sunny festival afternoon always calls for a bit of ice cream.
Looks like The Wombles have got some big fans in the crowd.
That would be the deadly mud of Glastonbury Festival 2011. If you’re at home, be glad you don’t have to wade your way through this. Gallery: Glastonbury Festival in pictures – Friday