Band made unannounced appearance on William's Green Stage
Hundreds of fans were left shut out of the tent as Bastille played a secret Glastonbury gig this afternoon.
The band played new songs and fan favourites as they played a 45-minute set on the William’s Green stage. The element of surprise in the gig was removed somewhat when the band announced their appearance on the stage online earlier in the morning, causing a huge crowd to gather in anticipation. Those who didn’t already know were told by excitable fans as the pre-performance chatter increased.
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 with a sample from woman acting in a film played over the start of two of the new tunes while a third featured a distorted guitar riff. Another unnamed song was built on a reggae-style rhythm and saw Smith singing in a higher register than usual.
While the fans in and outside the tent wee appreciative of the new material, they wanted the hits and Bastille delivered, ending their secret set with their well-loved cover of ‘Rhythm Of The Night’ and hit singles ‘Flaws’ and ‘Pompeii’.
Other performers today (June 26) include The Vaccines, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Super Furry Animals, Motorhead and Mark Ronson, who will reportedly bring special guests including Boy George and Kevin Parker. The headliner is Florence And The Machine.