New Zealand band chat about U2 on Worthy Farm
New Zealand band The Naked And Famous played early on the Other Stage, Metronomy played at midday (BST) on the Pyramid Stage and Wu Tang Clan played in the mid-afternoon on the Pyramid as light rain fell on Worthy Farm.
David Beadle, bass player with The Naked And Famous, chatted to NME about tonight’s Pyramid Stage headliners U2. “I haven’t listened to U2 in a long time, but they’re an enigma, everyone grows up listening to them,” he said. “Bono‘s never really been an idol in terms of frontmen for any of us. We’re more alternative rock, we prefer a nihilistic, depressed singer.”
Some fans are looking at the band as natural heirs to the psych-pop of MGMT, who have also previously played Glastonbury. “We understand the comparison, but for us the similarities are very surface level,” explained Beadle. “You can obviously hear it in the singles but the album as a whole has a lot more depth to it. We’re influenced hugely by 1990s alternative rock and we feel that comes through very strongly in the record.”
Wu Tang Clan gave a shout out to their late bandmember, rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard – represented on stage by his son, Young Dirty Bastard. Method Man (pictured right) also moaned to the crowd about his entry to the UK, claiming customs officials had treated the band “like the Taliban“.
Arguably the biggest talking point of the day so far, however, is the fact that Radiohead are set to play a show on the Park Stage at the festival at 8pm, billed as ‘special guests’. Stay logged on to NME.COM for the full report after the show.
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