Glastonbury 2014 is in full swing, with Saturday seeing headline performances from Metallica, Jake Bugg and MGMT, and acts further down the bill including Jack White, Lana Del Rey, Manic Street Preachers, Pixies and Warpaint.
Metallica won over the crowd at their debut appearance on the Pyramid Stage, bringing a battalion of flag-waving fans and opening with a video skit that cheekily addressed the petition to remove the band from the line-up for frontman James Hetfield’s involvement in a documentary about bear hunting. Check out the full report here.
MGMT headlined the John Peel Stage, filling the tent to capacity, with people spilling out the sides metres away from the entrance. Playing a set largely dominated by tracks from second album ‘Congratulations’, the band – helmed by Andrew Vanwyngarden and Ben Goldwasser – were clad in grey boiler suits and backed by screens showing psychedelic projections of animals and technicolour flowers.
The audience were fairly muted during much of the set, but a late showing of early hit ‘Kids’ was hugely well-received. The band extended the track with an lengthy added middle portion, while a member of their party took to the stage to dance and rev up the audience. Despite a large portion of people leaving after this, MGMT still managed to maintain a decent crowd for the last numbers of their set, which finished at 10.45pm.
Pixies played an evening slot on the Other Stage. Starting their set with ‘Bone Machine’ as the rain started to spit down, they went straight into ‘Wave Of Mutilation’ – both tracks from ‘Dolittle’.
The band appeared to be embracing new bassist Paz Lenchantin, with frontman Frank Black smiling jovially at her throughout the set.
With a performance boasting material from across their career, they also delved into more ‘Dolittle’ tracks with ‘Gouge Away’ and ‘La La Love You’ also making an appearance, along with ‘Come On Pilgrim’ numbers ‘Caribou’ and ‘Nimrod’s Son’ as well as ‘Ed Is Dead’.
They also brought in more recent material, with ‘Bagboy’, ‘Sweet Magdelina’ and ‘Greens And Blues’ from their most recent LP ‘Indie Cindy.’
However, set highlights came from ‘Surfa Rosa’ hits ‘Here Comes Your Man’, ‘Vamos’ – during which guitarist Joey Santiago created screeches of feedback playing two guitars against each other – and a buoyant rendition of ‘Debaser’.
The set closed with a searing version of ‘Where Is My Mind’ as the rain started again, after which the band stood on stage waving to the crowd who cheered with gusto.
At the same time on the Pyramid Stage, Jack White played White Stripes tracks, swigged champagne, covered Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’ and tumbled over his drums. Read the full report here.
Twenty years after Manic Street Preachers‘ infamous debut Glastonbury appearance, during which bassist Nicky Wire referred to Worthy Farm as a “shit hole” and said that a bypass should be built over the site, the Welsh rockers played a storming set as the sun went down over the Other Stage.
Kicking off with ‘Motorcycle Emptiness’ the band beamed as the crowd sang along. Footage of the group when they were younger flickered up on screen, paying tribute to their estranged band mate Richey Edwards – who went missing in 1995 and was eventually pronounced dead in 2008.
‘You’re Love Alone Is Not Enough’ followed, and a set packed with greatest hits ensued with ‘You Stole The Sun From My Heart’, ‘Tsunami’ and ‘If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next’, also making an appearance. After the latter, Wire addressed the crowd: “This is is usually the part of the set where I say something stupid and fuck everything up…We don’t have any fireworks, no glitter…but we just sang a song together about fighting fascists in Spain. A number one record with deep rooted politics. It can be done.”
“It’s the 20th anniversary of our album ‘The Holy Bible’ frontman James Dean Bradfield told the crowd early in the set. “So for all you nihilistic cunts out there, here’s ‘PCP'”.
New tracks ‘Walk Me To The Bridge’ and ‘Europa Geht Durch Mich’ during which German actress Nina Hoss came onstage to sing her part were also trialed – as was the title track to their forthcoming new album ‘Futurology’.
The set finished with the band paying tribute to Richey Edwards before ‘A Design For A Life’
Robert Plant described his rain-sodden Pyramid Stage set as a “late afternoon sojourn of country and eastern music”, but he still found time to please passing Led Zeppelin fans, with a series of reworked covers of tracks by his legendary rock band. He opened with ‘Babe I’m Gonna Leave You’ that placed the focus on Spanish guitar, Plant grinning in approval as his guitarist Skin Tyson played. Later, he said he’d do “something everybody knows” and played a rhythmic version of ‘Black Dog’, while a muted version of ‘Going To California’ saw Plant accompanied by a mandolin.
Plant told the crowd how happy he was to be playing back in the area, having played the 1969 Bath And Shepton Mallet Blues Festival with Led Zeppelin. “It’s quite a trip for me to be back here again,” he said.
Later, Plant explained he’s been working on a new album influenced by and featuring musicians from across the globe. A new track, ‘Little Maggie’, featured Tyson on banjo.
At one point, during an extended blues jam, a young boy – the son of a member of Plant’s band – joined the band on stage and danced to the music, earning a cheer from the crowd. The latter part of the set saw Plant play ‘Whole Lotta Love’, with the breakdown played on an African stringed instrument. “Can’t wait to see Jack [White] and Metallica,” he said after, before playing final track ‘Rock And Roll’.
Bombay Bicycle Club played a secret set at the BBC introducing stage this afternoon ahead of their performance tomorrow (Sunday). The London quartet kicked things off with ‘Shuffle’, taken from their latest album ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’ before continuing to play for half an hour to a packed tent.
The crowd spilled out of the sides of the canopy into the muddy area surrounding as the group played tracks from their back catalogue. They were joined by a three people strong brass section as they played early song ‘Always Like This’ and ‘Luna’. They concluded the short set with a version of ‘Carry Me’, which had strobing lights flashing onto the band from the back of the stage.
Wolf Alice made their first appearance at Glastonbury with a performance on the John Peel Stage. Running on stage at 4pm, front woman Ellie Rowsell introduced the band to the crowd, saying: “Why hello, this is very scary! If we look nervous it’s because it’s the biggest gig of our lives.” They then opened their set with recent single ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’.
The band took the opportunity to play two new songs in their half hour performance, playing the anthemic ‘Lighters’ and sprawling ‘The Jam’. After ‘Blush’, the title track from their debut EP released last year, they segued into a cover of Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Game’ before wishing happy birthday to their friends and Rowsell’s mum, who was watching from the side of stage.
“The sun’s come out just for this,” quipped drummer Joel Amey as the quartet entered the final part of their set. They finished with a version of ‘Bros’ and debut single ‘Fluffy’. Rowsell, guitarist Joff Oddie and bassist Theo Ellis jumped off stage and into the crowd before leaving the tent.
A huge crowd greeted Lana Del Rey for her 4pm set on the Pyramid Stage, which began with her band on stage making atmospheric sounds. Del Rey emerged from stage left wearing a red and yellow tie-dyed dress and opened with ‘Cola’.
She then walked to the side of the stage again and whispered worriedly in the ear of a black-clad technician. Moving back to the centre of the stage, she told the crowd – in her muted way, “It’s amazing to be here today. I’m so excited to be here. I hope you guys are having the time of your lives.” ‘I Sing The Body Electric’ followed, during which she swayed slowly from side-to-side. It featured a searing guitar solo from her guitar player, who wore a T-shirt from the band School Of Seven Bells, whose frontman Benjamin Curtis died this year.
After that track, the technician appeared with a pack of cigarettes, and Del Rey lit one before singing ‘Blue Jeans’ and recent single ‘West Coast’. She curtsied when a fan shouted “we love you Lana” in the gap before ‘Born To Die’. The title track from new album ‘Ultraviolence’, released this month, followed, and she cracked a rare smile afterwards. As she played ‘Summertime Sadness’, a thick black crowd passed over the Pyramid Stage – almost as if it were planned.
‘Ride’ was backed by a video of Del Rey, draped in the US flag, and a bike gang in the desert. The penultimate track, ‘Video Games’, saw her change the phrasing from the recorded version. “It’s really amazing to sing that song here in such a legendary place. I hope you guys have fun here,” she said, before concluding with ‘National Anthem’. If, during the set, she spotted the flag reading ‘Lasagne Del Rey’, with its picture of a pile or meat with big, red lips, she didn’t mention it.
Warpaint played a laid back mid afternoon set, arriving on stage at 3pm on The Other Stage. Guitarist Theresa Weyman was in animated form, instructing the crowd to “Wave as much as you want, dance as much as you want and sing too. Only as much as you want though, it’s not a race,” during ‘Feeling Alright’.
Weyman also tried to create a new nickname for the festival, trying out both “G-Berry” and “Glaston-B.” She later introduced ‘Undertow’ by saying, “This is your favourite song. Everyone seems to love this one.”
Later on in the hour-long set, the LA band played ‘Love Is To Die’, ‘No Way Out’ and ‘Elephants’ with Emily Kokal of the band telling their fans, “Have a good weekend. Don’t take too much drugs.”
Fat White Family were clearly feeling the heat of their well-attended 3pm at the John Peel stage – three out of the six members, including frontman Lias Saoudi, were stripped down to just their shorts or trousers from the off. The sun was shining outside the tent, but the tone was dark inside as they played sleazy fan favourites ‘Is It Raining In Your Mouth’ and ‘Touch The Leather’ in quick succession.
Saoudi has recently suffered from ill health (bandmate and brother Nathan recently told NME Lias had “pneumonia – he’s not got HIV”) but even if he looked like a man who’s not slept for days, there was no lack of energy as he barked lyrics and stalked around the stage with an air of menace. “It’s been nice to play here,” said the singer, hopping on the monitor to dance to the intro of final track ‘Bomb Disneyland’, which climaxed with Lias hopping from the stage amid a frantic cacophony.
Also at 3pm, Bombay Bicycle Club played a secret set at the BBC iIntroducing stage ahead of their performance tomorrow on the Other Stage. The London quartet kicked things off with ‘Shuffle’, taken from their latest album ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’ before continuing to play for half an hour to a packed tent.
The crowd spilled out of the sides of the canopy into the muddy area surrounding as the group played tracks from their back catalogue. They were joined by a brass trio as they played early material including ‘Always Like This’ and ‘Luna’. They concluded the short set with a version of ‘Carry Me’, which had strobe lights flashing onto the band from the back of the stage.
Kelis brought some sparkle to the Pyramid Stage as rain started to spit down for her 2.30 afternoon set. Taking to the stage – which was decked out in gold fabric and mirrors – in a luminous pink robe, she stood a book and her mobile phone down on a music stand next to her before launching into a sultry rendition of Nina Simone’s ‘Feeling Good’, accompanied by a brass quartet. ‘Breakfast’, the opener to her recent album ‘Food’ followed.
“This song is about the practical side of a break up”, she said later in the set before another new album track ‘Rumble’. “Do you guys mind having your picture taken with me?” she asked later, kneeling down on stage to take a selfie. “We look really cute”. She then launched into a jazzed up version of her electro-pop hit ‘Acapella’ before another blast of ‘Felling Good’.
‘Milkshake’ and ‘Trick Me’ and – all from her 2003 album ‘Tasty’ were all set highlights along with 1999’s ‘Good Stuff’ from her debut LP ‘Kaleidoscope’.
Just after 14.10, Cate Le Bon appeared on the Park Stage wearing a long silver dress, backed by her black-clad band: Shape Records artist H.Hawkline on guitars/organs, fellow Welshman Sweet Baboo on bass and New Zealand drummer Daniel Ward. Watched by Toy frontman Tom Dougall, she opened with ‘No God’ from her 2013 album, ‘Mug Museum’, followed by ‘Are You With Me Now’ from the same record.
After ‘I Can’t Help You’, she greeted the crowd warmly, but tempted fate: “Hello! How is everybody feeling? I’m very happy that the rain has stopped for you and for us.” That very second, it started to speckle lightly. Le Bon and her band then dipped into 2012’s ‘CYRK’ for ‘The Man I Wanted’, a droning organ piece, during which she shook two sticks of sleigh bells, before ‘Wild’, for which she donned a black guitar before languid closer ‘Cuckoo Through The Walls’.
There was a queue five rows deep to get into the tent for Royal Blood’s performance on the John Peel Stage at 2pm. Clearly overwhelmed by the huge crowd they had pulled, frontman Mike Kerr said it was “blowing [his] fucking mind”. Kerr also made the now obligatory joke about the duo, saying “Let me introduce you to the rest of my bandmates” and turning to the other half of the duo, drummer Ben Thatcher.
The band’s big riffs brought a huge sense of energy to the stage as the pair performed ‘Come On Over’ and ‘Figure It Out.’ During the latter, Thatcher gave Kerr a nod to look at the circle pit and crowd surfers in the audience. The warmly received set ended with an elongated rendition of ‘Little Monster’ with the band pausing temporarily to receive a rapturous round of applause.
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’.
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.
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.’
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.
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.