Playing the Pyramid Stage as the sun shone over Worthy Farm, the New Zealand band enjoyed a crowd big enough to rival the stage’s headliners.
Peppered with hits ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’, ‘Fall At Your Feet’ and ‘It’s Only Natural’, the set saw some of the loudest sing-alongs of the afternoon.
However, despite the sizable crowd, frontman Neil Finn was intent on expanding his audience even more and spent much of the gig trying to convince the security guards at the front of the stage to turn around and watch them, although they initially refused.
“Come on, turn around, nothing bad will happen,” he urged as the big screens focused on the guards and one did as he was asked.
“168, you’re a legend!” declared Finn referencing the ID numbers on the back of their shirts. “Come on, 142, turn around for a second, nothing bad will happen.”
Later he worked his little war with security into the lyrics of ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’.
“They build a wall between us, especially number 110[/I],” he sung, “but I got them to smile though, which is good.”
The set also included the likes of ‘World Where You Live’ and ‘When You Come’, but it was closing songs ‘Weather With You’ and ‘Four Seasons In One Day’ that triggered truly massive sing-alongs.
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