Gorillaz: ‘Our Glastonbury headline slot lacked human interaction’

Damon Albarn regrets not speaking to the audience more at Worthy Farm

Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn has admitted the band’s recent Glastonbury headline slot lacked “human interaction”.

The singer said he regretted not speaking to the audience more at Worthy Farm after stepping in to replace U2 as the main act on the Pyramid Stage on the opening night (June 25).

Albarn said that the next time the band played at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark six days later (July 1), he made a conscious effort to speak more to the crowd

“[At Glastonbury] we were yet to change the dynamic entirely from the cartoon band acting purely as a film orchestra into something that had more of a human element to it,” Albarn told BBC Newsbeat.

“Basically, the difference between that and the next gig we did at Roskilde which was the same sized audience, same age demographic, was I just communicated with the audience more. I introduced Bobby Womack, introduced Lou Reed, introduced anyone and I didn’t take for granted that if these people were going to be at the front then there had to be some kind of human interaction.”