Glastonbury 2013: Saturday news round-up

The Rolling Stones close second day at festival with fireworks and classic hits

The second day of music at Glastonbury 2013 has concluded with a showstopping Rolling Stones set packed with classic hits – read the full report here.

Artists including Azealia Banks, Primal Scream, Two Door Cinema Club, Ben Howard, The 1975 and Drenge performed during the second day of the festival.

“Take speed! Take ecstasy!” said Bobby Gillespie before Primal Scream played ‘Loaded’ on the Pyramid Stage. After opening with ‘2013’, Primal Scream dipped into their varied back catalogue, including a pounding version of ‘XTRMNTR’ single ‘Swastika Eyes’. In a surprise move, the band were joined onstage towards the end of their set by LA sisters Haim, who provided backing harmonies on the final three ‘It’s Alright, It’s Okay’, ‘Rocks’ and ‘Come Together’.

Nas arrived 20 minutes past schedule at 8.50pm at the Sonic Stage, during which time a patience-trying MC attempted to keep the crowd amused. Queens’ finest, in a hoody and sunglasses, performed tracks from new album ‘Life Is Good’, ‘No Introduction, ‘The Don’, and classics ‘N.Y. State Of Mind’ and ‘It Ain’t Hard To Tell’. He was joined on stage by a bassist, trumpet player and backing vocalists.

Drawing a massive crowd to the Other Stage, Northern Ireland’s Two Door Cinema Club sported suits and ties for their triumphant Glastonbury return. “It hasn’t rained yet, it’s amazing! It’s a wonderful day,” said frontman Alex Trimble before ‘Wake Up’. The band were watched from the crowd by Noel Gallagher and his wife Sarah MacDonald. “This is a beautiful sight, you know?” added Trimble after a raucous ‘I Can Talk’.

“Glastonbury!” said Johnny Marr after playing ‘Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before’. The former Smiths guitarist and NME Awards 2013 Godlike Genius winner also played his old band’s ‘Big Mouth Strikes Again’, ‘How Soon Is Now?’ and ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’, plus a host of his own solo material including single ‘Upstarts’.

Earlier, Alabama Shakes brought a soulful vibe to the Other Stage, where their Glastonbury debut was well-received by a large crowd baking in the early-evening sun. Beginning with ‘Rise to the Sun’ and leading into ‘Hang Loose’ and ‘Hold On’, frontwoman Brittany Howard paid tribute to the audience, telling them it was “[An honour] to be here. It’s such a big deal, and I want to thank y’all for that.” The hour-long set was heavy with material from the band’s 2012 debut ‘Boys & Girls’, including ‘Heartbreaker’ and ‘Best Mine’, although there was also room for a new track, ‘I’ll Still Ain’t Got What I Want’.

Arriving onto the Silver Hayes area’s Sonic stage 15 minutes late, AlunaGeorge got the packed out tent dancing to the likes of ‘Just A Touch’ and ‘You Know You’ Like It whilst a huge cheer greeted ‘Attracting Flies’. It’s been a busy weekend for Aluna Francis – she sang her hit ‘White Noise’ with both Dizzee Rascal and original collaborators Disclosure yesterday (June 28).

Ben Howard drew one of the weekend’s biggest crowds to the Pyramid Stage. An audience which stretched back as far as the eye could see heard tracks from the Brit Award winner’s debut album ‘Every Kingdom’, including ‘The Wolves’ and ‘Only Love’, downing an entire beer before performing the hit single ‘Keep Your Head Up’.

Haim played a secret set at the BBC Introducing stage. The performance followed yesterday’s early slot on the Pyramid Stage, where bassist Este was taken ill. Back on form today, she joked that she’d like to sell her wellies due to good weather and played drums and tambourine on a small stripped back set of tracks from their EP ‘Forever’ and their forthcoming debut album.

Noah And The Whale opened up their late afternoon Other Stage set with the title track of their new album, ‘Heart of Nowhere’, with frontman Charlie Fink singing Anna Calvi’s part on the track. The sharply-dressed band’s afternoon performance also saw them complimenting the crowd, with Urby Whale of the band telling the audience “you look immaculate!”. “We’re gonna do a song that really suits today,” said Fink before an emotional rendition of ‘Blue Skies’.

The Strypes drew a large crowd for their 4pm slot in the John Peel tent, with many festival-goers keen to check out the much buzzed-about Irish teenagers for themselves. Opening with ‘Mystery Man’, frontman Ross Farrelly stomped angrily around the stage, glowering at the audience behind an ever-present pair of sunglasses. The band’s half hour set also made room for live favourites like ‘You Can’t Judge a Book by the Cover’, new single ‘Hometown Girls’ and their cover of Nick Lowe’s ‘Heart of the City’, which were all enthusiastically received.

At 3pm, Azealia Banks took to the Other Stage to play a 45-minute long party set, which included ‘212’, ‘Jumanji’, ‘Luxury’ and ‘1991’ – which she said was her favourite song in her career “thus far”. Dressed in a flamboyant spiked green bikini outfit, Banks announced that this was her first ever time at Glastonbury. “I’m having an amazing-mazing-mazing time,” she said. Banks was accompanied by two dancers who were wearing equally flamboyant spiked costumes.

Despite rumours of The National, David Bowie and Daft Punk, it was US alt-pop act MS MR who took to the stage in the John Peel tent to fill the mystery 2pm slot. The duo ran through the majority of their debut album including set highlight ‘Fantasy’.

Though their 1pm set was early, Jagwar Ma started a dance party in a packed out John Peel tent. Producer and songwriter Jono Ma (who recovered from an illness just in time for their European festival dates) and vocalist Gabriel Winterfield played songs from debut album ‘Howlin’ and thanked “the sun god” for bringing the good weather as temperatures around the site hit a sunny 17C.

On the Pyramid Stage, Billy Bragg covered The Rolling Stones’ ‘Dead Flowers’ after announcing what an honour it was to be playing the same stage as the legendary band. The singer-songwriter’s set also included a special version of Bragg and Wilco’s Woody Guthrie re-imagining ‘California Stars’, which was re-angled as ‘Glastonbury Stars’.

Sheffield-based rock duo Drenge drew an impressive crowd to their first ever Glastonbury set. Playing at the new William’s Green stage a little after noon, the band put in a performance which included tracks ‘Dogmeat’, ‘I Wanna Break You In Half’ and ‘People In Love Make Me Feel Sick’, which singer/guitarist Eoin Loveless playfully described as “a love song”.

Earlier, The 1975 had kicked off the music on The Other Stage. The hotly tipped indie-poppers came on at 12.45pm, playing a string of tracks from their forthcoming self-titled debut, which is due for release in September. “Just look at all these people,” frontman Matthew Healy told the crowd. “We kind of feel a bit overwhelmed playing here…please dance to this,” he added before launching into their breakout hit and summer anthem ‘Chocolate’. “We’ve never done anything like this before so thank you for being so supportive,” he said later before set closer ‘You’.

Tomorrow, Mumford and Sons will close the final day of Glastonbury 2013.

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