Ed Sheeran joined Rudimental on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury on Friday (June 27) before the band’s set was cut short due to an electrical storm.
The singer-songwriter joined the dance act onstage to play ‘Bloodstream’, a new song which the two acts had penned together and which features on Sheeran’s new album ‘x’, which was released earlier this week. Introduced by DJ Locksmith as “our brother from another mother” Sheeran played and sang acoustic guitar during the song and kept chat to a minimum, only commenting “make some noise for Rudimental” to cheers from the massive crowd at the end of the track. During the song Locksmith went down to the barrier in front of the crowd, acting as hype man.
Not long after Sheeran’s appearance, Rudimental’s set was cut short as thunder and lightning approached the site. The main screens by the side of the stage stopped broadcasting footage of the band and instead showed the message “Due to weather conditions we may need to power down briefly”. A festival representative then informed the crowd that stage was closing due to the incoming severe weather.
Ahead of the show being called off – which appeared to happen during the last song of Rudimental’s performance – the band played an energetic set, opening with ‘Give You Up’ following it with ‘Right Here’ and a host of tracks from their 2012 debut album, ‘Home’. “Tell you what, there’s something special about this place. Am I right or am I right,” commented DJ Locksmith. The band were joined by vocalists Anne-Marie, Bridgette Amofah and Tom Jules.
Lily Allen took to the stage afterwards, but her set began 30 minutes behind schedule.