Wild Beasts reflect on their first festival headline set at Glastonbury

Band bring 'Smother' to The Park stage

Wild Beasts played their first ever festival headline set at Glastonbury tonight (June 25) on top of The Park stage bill.

Before their set the band talked to NME about how they think they’re far from your typical festival act.

“I think in a lot of ways we’re not kind of your traditional festival band, I guess, maybe a little more quiet, our music’s a little more intimate,” said bassist Tom Fleming. “I think what we’re trying to do is make the point that this music only really makes sense when you play it live.”

When asked about playing The Park setting he said: “It’s a big outside space and we want to make it intimate, we want to sing to people, because it isn’t a faceless, nameless mass, it is people, people actually watch it and listen. That’s pretty awesome. For a while we couldn’t even get on a festival bill so to be headlining The Park stage, it’s very cool.”

The band were bringing their new album ‘Smother’ to the festival on a wave of acclaim.

“We spent two years touring [previous album] ‘Two Dancers’,” he explained. “It was a slow unexpected rise with that album which resulted in two years of absolute dislocation, kind of all over the place and every experience was new. This album is an attempt to get, [if] not back to basics then certainly back to what was important on a human level. In a lot of ways it’s a much more personal album. But it’s deliberately kind of reflective.”

Their top-of-the-bill performance followed a set from special guests Pulp.

Wild Beasts played:

‘Bed Of Nails’
‘Loop The Loop’
‘We Still Got The Taste Dancin’ On Our Tongues’
‘This Is Our Lot’
‘The Devil’s Crayon’
‘Reach A Bit Further’
‘Hooting & Howling’
‘All The King’s Men’
‘End Comes Too Soon’

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