The Charlatans became the first band to perform on Glastonbury’s new look Other Stage as they played a secret set at 11am today (June 26).
The band arrived on stage with frontman Tim Burgess a vision in white, wearing a white T-Shirt, white trousers and white sunglasses. He said: “Nice surprise, we’re The Charlatans.” He then took a picture of the sizeable crowd on his phone before launching into the track ‘Weirdo’.
Shaking maracas during ‘North Country Boy’, Burgess then danced during the breakdown of ‘Let The Good Times Be Never Ending’ and dedicated the song to Mick Jones of The Clash, who celebrates his 60th birthday today.
Leading the band through a greatest hits set, Burgess said “Love that song” after playing 1990 single ‘The Only One I Know’.
Speaking to NME after the hour-long set ended at 12pm, one fan said he was “well into” the set and “made up” that The Charlatans were picked to open the festival. Another audience member, 23 year old Ellie from Gillingham, however admitted to being “a bit gutted” having heard a rumour that Bastille were the secret band.
The Charlatans played:
‘North Country Boy’
‘Just When You’re Thinkin’ Things Over’
‘Let The Good Times Be Never Ending’
‘One To Another’
‘The Only One I Know’
‘Come Home Baby’
The Other Stage opening slot has been given over to surprise acts for the past three events, beginning with Beady Eye in 2013 and Kaiser Chiefs in 2014. Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess hinted to his Twitter followers on Wednesday (June 24) that he’d be doing something at Glastonbury, posting geographical coordinates and winking at the suggestion that he was sighted at the festival.
Other performers today (June 26th) include The Vaccines, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Super Furry Animals, Motorhead and Mark Ronson, who will reportedly bring special guests including Boy George and Kevin Parker.