Wolf Alice played a secret set which left hundreds of fans standing beyond the tent as this year’s Glastonbury began with three mystery sets on the William’s Green stage.
Londoners Wolf Alice took to the stage at 9:30pm, shortly after Drenge had finished their own performance on the same stage.
As the Thursday night slots are traditionally unannounced to the public – billed simply as a performance from three ‘mystery bands’ – Drenge took many of the enthusiastic crowd by surprise, serving up an energetic set of raucous rockers taken from their two albums, including this year’s single ‘We Can Do What We Want’.
After that, Wolf Alice arrived on the stage and began with a rousing rendition of ‘Fluffy’. Singer Ellie Rowsell, wearing a striped top and brown skirt, led the band through a heavy set including ‘You’re A Germ’ and ‘Lisbon’ while ’90 Mile Beach’ was introduced as “a song from our debut album, it’s called ‘My Love Is Cool'”. The debut release came out on Monday (June 22) and is on course to be Number One this weekend.
Later in the band’s 45-minute set, guitarist Joff Oddie introduced ‘Bros’ as being a “song for anyone who came here with a friend” while the volume was turned up for ‘Giant Peach’, casuing glee among the fans stuck on the outside of the tent.
Eoin Loveless of Drenge joined the band for final song ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’, allowing Rowsell to get up close and personal with fans. Wearing a hat thrown from the front row she screamed, “Glastonbury I can’t hear you!” before headbanging as the song reached its crushing finale. Bass player Theo Ellis jumped into the crowd as the set ended. Guitarist Oddie referenced the band’s scheduled gig tomorrow (June 26) on the Park Stage as he said: “See you all tomorrow!”
Wolf Alice were followed by the third mystery band of the night, brass covers band Old Dirty Brasstards. The London-based group won over the crowd instantly with people pleasing covers of ‘Uptown Funk’, Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ and ‘Happy’ by Pharrell.
Glastonbury Festival opened its gates at 8am yesterday morning (June 24). The Guardian reports that 90 per cent of ticketholders arrived throughout the day, despite the fact that the full, scheduled performance programme does not begin until Friday morning.
Glastonbury Festival 2015 runs from June 26 until June 28 and is headlined by Kanye West and The Who. Florence And The Machine will replace Foo Fighters, who were forced to cancel last week due to Dave Grohl’s leg injury.