The Rolling Stones kick off Glastonbury headline set

Veteran rockers draw enormous crowd to the Pyramid Stage

The Rolling Stones have taken to the stage for their long-awaited headline performance on the second day of Glastonbury 2013.

Having arrived to a soundtrack of tribal drumming and jungle noises, the band took to the Pyramid Stage at 9.40pm (BST) and launched into their first song ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’. “It’s great to be here, Glastonbury,” said frontman Mick Jagger before playing ‘It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll (But I Like It)’.

“I’m going to tell you something, you know it’s great to be here doing this show,” Jagger said from the stage before third song ‘Paint It, Black’. “You all look amazing, after all these years they finally got around to asking us. Thank you, Michael [Eavis].” They went on to play ‘Gimme Shelter’, where singer Lisa Fischer shared vocal duties.


The show marks The Rolling Stones’ debut at the event, 43 years after it started.

Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis has said the BBC will broadcast one hour of their two-and-a-half-hour set.

Onstage Mick Jagger also revealed that he had watched Friday night’s headliners. “I arrived last night. I went to Shangri-La, I saw Arctic Monkeys, I couldn’t get up the tower because the queue was too long.”

Yesterday, guitarist Richards told BBC Radio 1 that he was feeling slightly nervous at the prospect of performing outside because of the unpredictable weather. He said: “I think the only pressure we feel is that it is the first time we’ve done an outdoor show for yonks and English weather. Throwing in those two equations, yeah, there is maybe a little apprehension.” A day of unbroken sunshine on Worthy Farm should have put his mind at rest.

Earlier, Mick Jagger posted an Instagram photo in which he’s ‘glamping’ at his yurt, pictured above. Throughout the weekend, there has been great speculation about which female singer will appear to sing the expected guest vocal on ‘Gimme Shelter’, a now-traditional part of their show. Top of the rumour mill at the moment are Adele and Glastonbury veteran Florence Welch.

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