Metallica and Jake Bugg headline tonight's stages
Saturday’s entertainment at Glastonbury 2014 is underway, with Angel Haze, Circa Waves and Nick Mulvey among the acts to perform so far.
Former Portico Quartet man Nick Mulvey opened The Pyramid Stage with a performance drawing heavily on songs from this year’s debut album, ‘First Mind’. Mulvey’s arrival on the main stage was temporarily delayed by a heavy rain shower, and he eventually began performing ten minutes after his scheduled 11am start. ‘Venus’ marked an early highlight while the singles ‘Nitrous’ and ‘Cucurucu’ also featured. Mulvey told his audience that they “look beautiful” and said “at least it’s stopped raining” – despite the fact is was still raining quite heavily at the time.
Circa Waves made their Glastonbury debut with a lunch time set on the Other Stage. The Liverpool band arrived on stage at 12:30pm and played a short set to a modest audience. Frontman Kieran Shuddall remained jovial throughout and led the band through songs such as ‘Young Chasers’, ‘Get Away’ and ‘Know One’ as well as new song ‘So Long’. At one point, Shuddall remarked that “Glastonbury is all about collaborations and performing with other artists from across the bill.” Adding, “Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the stage; James Hetfield from Metallica!” Perhaps unsurprisingly, the frontman of tonight’s headline band did not emerge to join the band on recent single ‘Stuck In My Teeth.’
Charli XCX played an energetic early afternoon set on the Sonic Stage, bringing out her crowd-pleasing co-writes and playing a track live on Radio One. Dressed in gold with a leather jacket, the singer was backed by an all-female band and told the crowd that this was her first time at the festival. “I’m a virgin today – it feels good,” she joked. Following a host of her own tracks, Charli then broke into ‘I Don’t Care (I Love It)’ and ‘Fancy’ – written for and alongside Icona Pop and Iggy Azalea respectively – before DJ Huw Stephens came on stage to introduce new single ‘Boom Clap’ live on Radio One as the final track of the set.
Rapper Angel Haze kicked off her 1.15pm set on the Pyramid Stage by jumping straight onto the speaker stack, running into the crowd and standing on the railings and leaning into the audience. “What the fuck is up Glastonbury?” she said before ‘Werkin’ Girls’ and ‘No Bueno’ and ‘Deep Sea Diver’ from her 2013 debut LP ‘Dirty Gold’.
“If you know anything about me you’ll know how much I believe in following your dreams, no matter how bizarre they are… this next song is for all the dreamers,” she said before ‘A Tribe Called Red’, which saw her again jump over the barriers and lean into the crowd. A dance-oriented new track, ‘Let’s Own It’, came later on in the set, with a chorus that ran, “I own it, I fucking control it”.
“I’m in love with someone, but I really fucked up. I’d fly them from the US to be here just to hear me sing this song,” said Haze before singing a tender, acoustic version of John Newman’s ‘I Need To Know Now’. ‘Battle Cry’, her track with Sia, saw her jump over the barriers into the audience once again. She stayed in the crowd right to the end of set-closer, her breakout hit ‘New York’.
Acts due to perform today include Robert Plant, Jack White, Metallica and Jake Bugg – and NME will be reporting on all the action as it happens.