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The Britpop legends played their first reunion show at the intimate Glastonbury spin-off gig the Pilton Party back in 2019, before naturally following through and being announced for Glasto 2020 before it was cancelled due to COVID.
Taking to the Other Stage for their late afternoon set, frontman Gaz Coombes joked how they were “two years late”, adding: “Traffic was a bitch.”
“It’s so good to see you,” Coombes told the crowd. “You look fucking amazing.”
Paying tribute to the festival later in the set ahead of a rapturously received ‘Sun Hits The Sky, Coombes said: “It’s such an honour to be here today. We first played this stage 27 years ago. We don’t look any older.”
Other highlights of the set included ‘Alright’ (“introduced by Coombes as “a song about getting your pay cheque, snogging girls and crashing cars”) and ‘Strange Ones’ (in which the frontman again tipped his hat to the Pilton bash: “There’s a place where the strange ones go, and it’s called Glastonbury, and we fucking love it”), with the best response saved for a lively closing of ‘Pumping On Your Stereo’.
Caught By The Fuzz
Late In The Day
She’s So Loose
Sun Hits the Sky
Pumping on Your Stereo
The first main day of music at Glastonbury today also saw an opening set from The Libertines, a performance from Blossoms featuring a cameo from Spice Girls’ Mel C, as well as sets from Confidence Man, Greentea Peng, Wolf Alice and more. The night ends with performances from St Vincent, Sam Fender, Foals and headliner Billie Eilish.
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