The Maccabees: ‘Nobody has better songs to sing along to than The Rolling Stones’

The Maccabees, Fidlar, Jake Bugg and more look forward to the Rolling Stones headline set at Glastonbury 2013

Artists including The Maccabees and Jake Bugg have backed The Rolling Stones to provide one of the best moments at Glastonbury this weekend.

The band, led by Mick Jagger, will headline the Saturday night of Glastonbury on June 29, and speaking to NME, Felix White and Orlando Weeks of The Maccabees said they expect a festival moment from the group.

“When you’re in that moment, it’s 10 in the evening, you’ve drunk quite a bit and The Rolling Stones are playing, for that hour and a half it probably is the best thing in the world,” says guitarist White. He adds: “All the stuff that comes after is irrelevant. That should be a moment and nobody has better songs to sing along to than The Rolling Stones.”


Meanwhile, Bastille’s Dan Smith is excited to see The Stones on a rare day off from performing live. “It’s going to be such an awesome gig. We’re playing on the Friday and then we have the whole weekend off and some of us are staying. The Stones gig will be a massive highlight, for sure.”

See above for video of all of the bands talking about their hopes for The Rolling Stones’ Glastonbury set.

It was recently confirmed that only an hour of the Stones’ two-hour plus headline set at next weekend’s festival will be broadcast on the BBC, the festival’s official TV media partner. “It’s taken a long time to get them to come and play,” Michael Eavis said. “Everyone wants to see the Stones, basically. I think Mick Jagger wanted to play to the people here, rather than a TV show. They’re going to be playing for about an hour for the TV.”

This year’s Glastonbury festival is to be live streamed for the first time with viewers able to watch different stages as they happen. The BBC will use the latest digital technology to allow viewers to choose from simultaneous live streams from all the major stages and has announced that over 250 hours of footage will be broadcast across the weekend.

Click here to see the full list of artists and stages for Glastonbury 2013.

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