The Boyfriends kick things off on Glastonbury’s newest stage…

The JOHN PEEL STAGE has witnessed it’s first ever performance at GLASTONBURY this morning (June 24).

The former New Tent, was renamed in honour of the late Radio 1 DJ and festival regular after he died last year, and following a move from its old location to the position on site formerly taken up by the Dance Tent, has re-launched bigger than before.

The Dance Tent meanwhile has now been replaced by the multi-stage Dance Village.

Proceedings at the John Peel Stage got underway late due to torrential rain that had hit the site overnight, but managed to get going at 11am – the only stage at Glastonbury to have any music for over an hour.

The honour of playing the first John Peel set went to promising newcomers The Boyfriends, who performed a lively half-hour set.

Speaking to NME.COM afterwards, the band’s singer Martin Wallace confirmed that being the first band ever to play the stage had been a real privilege.

“It’s an honour really,” he said. “In terms of what John Peel did for the world’s music it’s important. On a personal level, some of my closest friends only ever came to London because they were in a band that he championed. I certainly wouldn’t know them without having him doing what he was doing.”

Wallace added although the band had to rise early for their slot, they were now looking forward to enjoying the rest of the festival.

”It was a bit weird to be going on first,” he explained. “But it’s a relief too because I don’t think our guitarist’s nerves would have held all weekend if we’d had been playing on Sunday. So it’s a blessing.”

The Boyfriends now expect to release their debut single in September.

The John Peel Stage now continues with The Tears headlining tonight, plus appearences from Nine Black Alps, and Maximo Park. However Sunday night headliner Ryan Adams has pulled out of the festival, Bright Eyes will now take his slot.