The booking that Michael Eavis slammed triumphs in the Fields Of Avalon
The legendary session player joined the furry suit-wearing band for the last part of their set, including the finale of ‘The Wombling Song’. Spedding played in the band in the 1970s, but this time he was allowed out of costume to accompany his former bandmates.
“I’m a womble and I’ve said the word ‘sex’!” said frontwomble Orinoco after introducing Spedding and mentioning the iconic punk band he had formerly worked with.
Opening with ‘Remember You’re A Womble’, the band drew a huge audience, many of whom were wearing cardboard womble masks. The popular show followed comments by festival organiser Michael Eavis, who said he regretted the fact that the band had been booked for the event.
The hour-long set included a country song, ‘Nashville Wombles’, a somewhat unseasonal version of ‘Wombling Merry Christmas’ and ‘The Wombling Song’.
“You will clean up all your litter afterwards, won’t you?” said Orinoco towards the end of their show.
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