Blur back Florence + The Machine for Glastonbury: ‘Florence will step up to the plate’

Florence and The Machine replace Foo Fighters as Friday night headliners following Dave Grohl's broken leg

Blur have backed Florence And The Machine as worthy Glastonbury headliners, saying “Florence will step up to the plate”.

The comments came from guitarist Alex James, prior to Blur’s headline show in Hyde Park last night (June 20).

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Blur were among the headliners rumoured to replace Foo Fighters on the Friday night of the festival after Dave Grohl broke his leg and the band were forced to cancel their remaining tour dates.

“We did Glastonbury in 2009, I think that was one of the best gigs we have ever done. I think you can only do Glastonbury once a decade,” James told Yahoo.

Asked whether Blur were approached to stand in for Foo Fighters, James replied: “We are really looking forward to playing around the world. We don’t want to overdo it.

“I think Florence will step up to the plate there, I don’t think they need Blur there on Friday.”

Blur headlined London’s Hyde Park for the third time since 2009 last night (June 20), bringing material from new album ‘The Magic Whip’ and their ’90s hits to the British Summer Time Festival.

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Arriving on stage in broad daylight at 8pm, the two-hour plus set began with ‘Magic Whip’ single ‘Go Out’. Frontman Damon Albarn was on energetic form, shouting “Let’s fucking have this” as he ran across the stage, gathering cheers from the audience.

Prior to the band arriving on stage an ice cream man in a small van parked on the stage made ice creams while the van played the ‘Teddy Bear’s Picnic’ song. Shortly after second song ‘There’s No Other Way’, Albarn took the ice creams down to the front row and began sharing them out with fans. However, eager to get hold of one, fans began grabbing at the treats leaving Albarn to jokingly describe the stunt as a “disaster”. Read the full live report plus set list.