Last time Bastille played Glastonbury in 2016, they did so with a sunset performance on the Other Stage. This year, they moved up a stage to the Pyramid Stage, playing on the iconic space for the first time. They made the most of it, too, bringing a host of guests, bigger band, visuals and props to make the whole thing go off with a giant bang. Check out NME‘s stunning photos of the set below.
Bastille made their debut appearance on the Pyramid Stage yesterday (June 28), bringing the nocturnal sounds of 'Doom Days' to Glastonbury.
Despite the album taking place over the course of a night out and the band playing at mid-afternoon, they managed to turn the sun-filled Pyramid field into a daytime rave with a big party atmosphere.
They were joined by a host of extra musicians and backing singers, as well as adding visuals and props to elevate the feeling of the songs.
"This festival and this weekend are our favourite weekend in the whole fucking year," frontman Dan Smith told the crowd at one point. "I know this is a cliche and everyone says it, but getting to play here on this stage blows my mind. The first time I came here in 2008 I stood one person away from the barrier watching bands I didn’t give a shit about so I could see Amy Winehouse and Jay-Z. Sorry if we’re that band for you."
The set featured lots of nighttime-related cues to help create that atmosphere, including a karaoke-style visual during the band's traditional 'Of The Night' mash-up.
The Pyramid field was packed with bodies eager to hear the new songs as well as sing along to fan favourites like 'Pompeii' and 'Good Grief'.
During 'Of The Night', Smith also led the crowd in a couple of rounds of getting down on the floor and then jumping back up in unified euphoria.
As well as being joined by Rationale for a version of their Craig David collaboration 'I Know You', Lewis Capaldi also joined Bastille on stage. Their former support act appeared to sing on 'Joy'.
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