Their performance of the latter song incited a large group of their friends to invade the stage to dance and sing along with them.
The band, led by Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser, had shunned ‘Kids’ for some recent gigs in favour of more complex material from new album ‘Congratulations’. But, although many songs from that album were played, the huge crowd were delighted to hear the distinctive opening keyboard riff to the song near the end of the set.
Earlier they had kicked off with ‘Congratulations’ opener ‘It’s Working’, with VanWyngarden acknowledging the 40th anniversary of Glastonbury.
“This is a great place – 40 years of this festival,” he said. “I think it’s a really nice festival with a really nice spirit to it.”
Later, he recalled the band’s Glastonbury debut, saying: “When we played it in 2008 it was, like, our second festival ever and it was amazing.”
Following songs including ‘Brian Eno’ and ‘The Youth’ he introduced fan favourite ‘Time To Pretend’ as a song from “back when we were a popular band”.
‘Kids’ soon followed, with the two frontmen singing as the backing track for the song played. A gang of their friends, including ex-Dirty Pretty Things guitarist Anthony Rossomando, then burst onstage to dance as the pair leaped into the photographers’ pit to sing directly to the front row.
“We love you all, we wish we could have you all on stage and make out with all of you,” VanWyngarden said to the crowd before the band closed their show with the title track of ‘Congratulations’.
‘Song For Dan Treacy’
‘Time To Pretend’