Nine Black Alps and Maximo Park impress at the festival…

The newly inaugurated JOHN PEEL STAGE has witnessed packed crowds this afternoon (June 24) as festival goers have been checking out well touted new talents MAXIMO PARK and NINE BLACK ALPS.

The highly rated new bands played back to back this afternoon as punters got a chance to see what all the fuss was about.

Kicking off at 2.30pm, Nine Black Alps introduced their new album ’Everything Is’ to the festival, playing ‘Get Your Guns’ and ‘Cosmopolitan’ among others.

They were quickly followed by an energetic set from Maximo Park.

“As soon as we were told we were playing here, it was really exciting. It’s the festival people talk about. I’d never been before, I couldn’t get a ticket,” explained frontman Paul Smith. “It was a big thing too because of John Peel, we were all big fans of his as we grew up tuning into him, so as soon as we were told we were doing it, we knew this would be the one. It’s pretty special.”

Playing tracks from their debut album ‘A Certain Trigger’, Smith welcomed the wealth of new British talent appearing at this year’s festival.

“If you like music, the fact there’s so many new exciting bands around means people are revved-up for it,” he said. “I don’t see it as competition, there’s a generation of nice people. Everyone I’ve met from Bloc Party, The Futureheads, Kaiser Chiefs has been great. There’s a nice atmosphere between bands. I was chatting to Nine Black Alps and they’re nice guys.”

Glastonbury Festival coverage on NME.COM continues tonight, featuring reports from The Killers and The White Stripes’ Pyramid Stage performances direct from the site.