10 Things We Learned At Glastonbury On Friday

Friday at Glastonbury saw sets from Arcade Fire, Lily Allen, MIA, Skrillex and Elbow. You can see NME’s highlight in beautiful picture format here. But Worthy Farm isn’t just a place to listen to cool tunes and get spangled in the Stone Circle. Oh no. Readers, your trusty NME team have had its ears to the ground all day to LEARN things for you. The stuff you don’t see on the BBC live streams. And here’s 10 nuggets from Friday:

Glastonbury and Burning Man seems to be in negotiations… for something…

Emily and Michael Eavis and the head honchos of Burning Man, the ‘annual art event and temporary community based on radical self expression and self-reliance in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada’, had a meeting in a bar in Block 9 and rumour has it, they were brokering a deal. Could we see a collaboration between Burning Man and Block 9 in 2015? It would make sense.

Joey Barton’s favourite band is quite predictable

We caught up with QPR footballer and Morrissey fan Joey Barton backstage. He didn’t have much of a schedule planned, saying the “only act” he really wanted to see was Ohio rockers The Black Keys.


‘Reflektor’ is the new ‘Get Lucky’

The ubiquity of ‘Get Lucky’ at Glastonbury 2013 made it feel like you were living in some kind of mad, electronic vortex inside one of Daft Punk’s helmets. This year’s equivalent is Arcade Fire’s massive disco banger, ‘Reflektor’. Record for times played in a row? Eight. Give. Me. Strength.

Adam From War On Drugs loves Britpop

Adam Granduciel is evidently a secret Kenickie fan; he dedicated ‘Eyes To The Wind’ to Lauren Laverne during his Pyramid Stage set.


Normski is alive! The TV presenter/rapper/photographer/ex of Janet Street-Porter/90s gadfly is compering the WOW! stage this weekend. And talking of 90s characters, Reef are headlining a festival nearby some weekend soon.

The POWA of Tune-Yards

After the electrical storm caused a power-out and William Hill to start taking bets on whether Glastonbury would actually continue pat Saturday afternoon, most people were feeling pretty bummed out. It takes a special kind of act to gee a crowd up and who better than Merrill Garbus’ and her riot of colour and percussion and fun? The crowd at West Holts had smiles instead of frowns in a nano-second.


Nothing unites a crowd like swearing, as Lily Allen proved with a rousing middle-finger-along of ‘Fuck You’.


Dan from Bastille is cooking a stir fry for Kate Tempest on Tuesday

The Quiff aka Dan from Bastille made friends with Kate Tempest a few years ago when they went on a barge tour and so loyal is he as a pal, he came down to Somerset for one night – ONE NIGHT – just to see his buddy play. Is a secret Bastille set possible, or even a duet? No, apparently he turned the festival down this year.

A potential duet?

Apparently James Blake and Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend were having a chat in one of the VIP bars. Could a collaboration be in the works? Let it be.

Today’s lesson from a resident farmer

If a pig knocks you over, it will eat you.