Elbow celebrate 20-year anniversary like ‘hippies’ at Glastonbury

Guy Garvey talks to NME ahead of Pyramid Stage slot

Elbow‘s Guy Garvey has chatted to NME about how the band were celebrating their 20-year anniversary at this year’s Glastonbury festival.

They played tonight (June 25) on the Pyramid Stage below headliners Coldplay, for their fourth appearance at the event.

“It’s, like, 20 years this month that the band formed, so to be celebrating here is pretty special really,” said the frontman. “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.”


Garvey went on to explain how the festival brought out his inner hippy. “There’s something about the land and the sky round here – it’s pretty trippy really,” he said. “I’m from the north, so there are all these hills on the horizon and there isn’t in this part of the world… there’s more sky, and if that sounds pretty hippy, it’s because I am [a hippy]. You can understand why they believed in magic and stuff like that round here, because there’s just something vibrant about it.”

He also praised the attitude of the punters and staff at the famous event. “You get here and everybody’s happy, all the staff are happy,” he said. “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.”

The festival love-in continued during the set, with Garvey dedicating ‘Mirrorball’ to George, Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis‘ newborn baby. He also made the crowd do a ‘reverse Mexican wave’ from the front row to the very back of the field as the band played their biggest show at Worthy Farm yet.

Elbow played:

‘The Birds’
‘The Bones Of You’
‘Neat Little Rows’
‘The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver’
‘Weather To Fly’
‘Open Arms’
‘One Day Like This’
‘Lippy Kids’


NME.COM is coming live from Glastonbury 2011 this weekend – stay tuned to NME.COM/festivals/glastonbury for news reports, reviews and photos from Worthy Farm. Then head back from Monday for backstage video interviews.