Bragg sang 'Between The Wars' on Pyramid Stage
The final day of entertainment at Glastonbury 2014 is underway, beginning with performances from Billy Bragg and English National Ballet, and Darlia.
The Pyramid Stage was opened by Glastonbury veteran Billy Bragg, who remarked that he felt “a bit Spinal Tap” before playing ‘Between The Wars’. He emphasised the lyric: “l’ll give my consent/To any government/That does not deny a man a living wage” as a nod to his involvement in the current Living Wage campaign.
Bragg then told the audience that yesterday (June 28) was the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, the event which set World War I in motion. He introduced a video of World War I veterans and widows sharing their memories of the reality of war, one veteran from Somerset describing the war as “bloody awful”.
The video was followed by a performance of ‘Dust’ by the English National Ballet. Choreographed by Akram Khan, who also planned the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, the performance explored the empowerment of women in the war. Beginning by evoking the disappearance of men into the trenches, it then dealt with how women became Britain’s major workforce.
Blackpool trio Darlia opened the John Peel Stage, taking to the stage at 11am and drawing a good sized audience. Darlia played a 30-minuted set including tracks ‘Dear Diary’, ‘Candyman’ and ‘Animal Kingdom’. Frontman Nathan Day raised his guitar up above his head and smashed it in half following final song ‘Queen Of Hearts’.
Australian band The Preatures lured more fans to the tent to witness singer Isabella Manfredi pulling off a series of handstands and cartwheels as the band played a new, unnamed song. Wearing a white T-shirt bearing the phrase ‘New York is for lovers’, Mandfredi dedicated ‘Threat’ to “All the ladies in the audience.” Later on in the set, she asked the crowd if they were “ready to dance really badly” before an energetic closing rendition ‘Is This How You Feel?’.
Today’s headliners include Kasabian, Massive Attack, Disclosure, James Blake and London Grammar. Stay tuned to NME.com for all the latest action.