And their set also includes the still-appropriate 'Little America'...

REM brought day one of GLASTONBURY to a thrilling climax by debuting three new songs.

Returning to the Pyramid Stage after four years, the group turned in a 90-minute hit-packed set peppered with unreleased tracks ‘Animal’, ‘Bad Day’ and ‘Final Straw’. The songs display a return to REM‘s more poppy, melodic side.

Elsewhere, in front of a backdrop that spelt simply ‘LUV’, a visibly moved Michael Stipe dedicated ‘Losing My Religion’ to festival goers, saying, “This is your song, we just covered it.”

He also levelled a critique of US politics by playing ‘Little America’ from ‘Reckoning’, saying, “We haven’t played this in a million years, but sadly it’s still appropriate.”

The setlist went:

‘Begin The Begin’

‘Imitation Of Life’



‘The One I Love’


‘Bad Day’

‘What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?’

‘The Great Beyond’

‘Fall On Me’

‘Losing My Religion’

‘Finest Worksong’


‘She Just Wants To Be’

‘Little America’

‘Walk Unafraid’

‘Man On The Moon’

‘Everybody Hurts’

‘Final Straw’

‘It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)’