Friendly Fires gets Glastonbury into the carnival spirit

St Albans band get the Other Stage's feet moving in the sun

Friendly Fires brought the carnival spirit to Glastonbury this evening (June 26).

Playing the Other Stage in blazing sunshine – a turnaround from the morning’s wet weather – the St Albans band immediately got the large crowd moving with ‘Lovesick’.

They followed that with ‘Jump In The Pool’ which, with an added brass backing, inspired more dancing and waving from the growing audience.

For ‘White Diamonds’ singer Ed Macfarlane encouraged the crowd to “shuffle” along with the band.

“Don’t know how to shuffle?” he asked. “Neither do I, just follow me!”

Later the Friendly Fires played new song – and forthcoming single – ‘Kiss Of Life’.

“It’s brand new, we’ve only played it once before,” the singer told the crowd, who immediately got into the track’s aggressive groove, for which they were joined by a team of extra drummers.

Continuing the dancey, carnival feel, the band then brought their set to a climax firstly with them swapping their instruments for an array of shakers and cowbells for ‘On Board’, before they powered into ‘Paris’ accompanied by a loud crowd singalong.

They wrapped up their set with a storming version of ‘Ex Lover’.

Friendly Fires played:

‘Lovesick’
‘Jump In The Pool’
‘Skeleton Boy’
‘In The Hospital’
‘White Diamonds’
‘Strobe’
‘Kiss Of Life’
‘Photobooth’
‘On Board’
‘Paris’
‘Ex Lover’

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