Lily Allen hit out at FIFA president Sepp Blatter in her delayed Glastonbury performance, describing him as “annoyingly corrupt”.
The singer’s set was 30 minutes late due to the storm that hit the Worthy Farm site late on Friday afternoon, but it didn’t stop the singer putting on a full production in the shorter-than-planned, 45-minute set. As the crowd waited, an elaborate stage set was assembled featuring huge baby milk bottles and yellow balloons.
Allen took to the stage as a nursery-styled version of ‘LDN”s intro played. When the song kicked in, she changed the lyrics to reference “Glastonbury town” instead of London. After, she stopped to talk to the crowd. “Thank fuck for that, the rain stopped! Just in time. I’ve got to be quick cos our set time has been cut short,” she said, to booing from the crowd. “Come on, you’ve got Elbow and Arcade Fire to come,” she replied.
Before playing ‘As Long As I Got You’, Allen reminisced about her previous appearance on the Pyramid Stage. “Last time I played here was five years ago and that was the night I got together with my husband,” she said. “Five years later he’s here with my two beautiful babies. I love y’all so much.”
The title track of her album ‘Sheezus’ followed a costume change, and 2013 single ‘Hard Out Here’ saw her joined by female dancers wearing hot pants and dog masks. She raised a toast to Glastonbury before playing ‘Smile’, asking for “some whiskey in that” as she handed her pint to a stage hand. ‘Everyone’s At It’ followed, after which Allen asked, “Anyone gonna get at it this weekend? Come on Glastonbury, I want to see you tell the truth.”
Allen told the crowd she had been worried about the Saturday evening booking in case it clashed with an England game, but that it didn’t matter since the team crashed out of the World Cup, “Not only because we are shit, but also because there’s a bit of corruption going on.” She then dedicated ‘Fuck You’ to FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who she described as “one of the most corrupt, well not most corrupt, but most annoyingly corrupt people, the cunt.”
In a swift change of tack, she followed it with her saccharine Christmas hit ‘Somewhere Only We Know’. Then, having fiddled with her knickers for much of the show, Allen asked “is my cameltoe dead prevalent” before playing ‘The Fear’. During ‘Bass Like Home’ she reported she had a “massive wedgie”. A ravey version of ‘It’s Not Fair’ closed the set, with yellow ticker tape blown above the crowd.