Taking to the Other Stage at 10.45pm (BST), the band laid on the hits for the crowd.
Performing a selection of tracks from all their albums, the Bristol-based band’s show boasted an impressive light and laser show towards the end of the set.
Robert Del Naja, otherwise known as 3-D, asked the gathered crowd after the first track ‘All I Want’: “Are there any simple country folk in the audience tonight?”
The crowd then cheered and Del Naja jokingly replied: “Well, it’s gonna be fucking quiet in Bristol then.”
The group, dressed in black, then launched into 1998 single ‘Rising Son’, which saw Del Naja share vocal duties with ‘Daddy G’ aka Grant Marshall.
‘Teardrop’ saw American singer-songwriter Stephanie Dozen join the band onstage, clutching a white guitar.
Hundreds of phone screens lit up at the front of the stage as her vocals, replacing Liz Frazer‘s role on the 1998 single, echoed round the field.
In a nod to other headliner Jay-Z, who was at the centre of some controversy about his Glastonbury gig, Del Naja joked: “To me tradition is hanging out with strangers.”
The band continued with the show and bought out other guest vocalists, including reggae legend Horace Andy for some songs, including ‘Angel’, and vocalist Yolanda Quartey, who replaced Shara Nelson on the 1991 anthem ‘Unfinished Sympathy’.
Towards the end of the set, the mainly darkened stage was lit with green lasers and strobe lights setting the mood for the final track ‘Dobro’, which will appear on the band’s forthcoming new studio album.
Massive Attack played:
‘All I Want’
‘Safe From Harm’
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