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That was a another action-packed day at Glastonbury, which had everything from mud-fighting to giant beach balls and startling performances from Metallica, Jack White, Bryan Ferry, Robert Plant and the Pixies. In the meantime, you can catch up with everything in our Glastonbury section. See you tomorrow. We’ll leave you with Neil McCormick’s video report on Metallica.
Tomorrow is Dolly Day at Glastonbury. Here is our pic special on the 30 best Dolly Parton songs
Rupert Hawksley: Apparently there was a heavy metal band playing at Glastonbury tonight? Thousands of festival goers swerved Metallica’s headline performance to catch Jake Bugg on the Other Stage – and the 20-year-old singer didn’t disappoint. He delivered a tightly-controlled, punchy set and effortlessly changed gear from quiet acoustic reflection to rabble-rousing choruses. Bugg has been accused of arrogance in the past but he was humble and polite tonight, graciously thanking the crowd at every opportunity. There might have been an extravagant set design and pyrotechnics over on the Pyramid Stage but Bugg’s performance felt like a triumph for the simple pleasure of watching a man play his guitar.
Neil McCormick: Acclaimed British director Julien Temple made the provocative film that introduced Metallica at Glastonbury. After all the protests about James Hetfield’s hunting, they teased audiences with a cheeky movie about an traditional English fox hunt, which ended, amusingly, with some heavily armed bears gunning down the huntsmen. Tally ho!
Metallica were preceded by a with film of a hunt in which huntsmen slaughtered by gun toting bars … Who turn out to be Metallica
Drummer Lars Ulrich talking on BBC: "It was very humbling. We came in 30 hours ago and I wanted to soak up every bit of the Glastonbury atmosphere. It was such an amazing experience." He says he is coming back tomorrow to listen to Dolly Parton
Neil McCormick: Metallica rocked Glastonbury and Glastonbury rocked them right back. The heavy metal superstars knew they had something to prove and delivered a masterclass in rock dynamics. For a genre often demeaned as one dimensional they mesmerised with acoustic textures, folky lilts, tempo shifts, mournful melodies, drones and mantras, among the monster riffing, fierce growling and thunderously syncopated bass and drums. "Metallica, Glastonbury, together at last!" grinned frontman James Hetfield in triumph before an air punching encore of Thin Lizzy’s Whisky In The Jar and a pummeling Seek And Destroy.
Here are the Pixies in action
Alice Vincent: I think Bryan Ferry may have outlasted Metallica over on West Holts stage. At 69, he’s still a master of mouth organ, keyboard and, impressively, vocals. Wearing a brocade blazer and a bow tie (undone in one swift movement in the second song – I bet I’m not the first woman to have seen that), Ferry blazed through more than 90 minutes of enormous hits; Love Is The Drug and Let’s Stick Together created a riot, while a tender, simple More Than This silenced thousands
Pics: GEOFF PUGH
Well, we all like a beach ball
Meanwhile, in a more mellow part of the farm . . .
Metallica ask for the lights to be turned on so they can see "the Glastonbury family". And now their final song. Seek and Destroy
Hang on. I know this Metallica song. It’s the Dubliners’ Whiskey in the Jar. Only kidding. Their version of the Irish traditional song also won them a Grammy in 2000 for Best Hard Rock Performance. But now I can’t stop thinking of having a single malt
Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo looks like Steven Seagal with a squashed face
Seems there are some very convinced Mogwai fans out there
PA picture caption says Leo, 9, from Halifax, is at the front of the crowd, where he had waited for over six hours to see Metallica perform
Told you there were a lot of flags
From PA: Glastonbury became "Glastallica" tonight.
Or maybe not.
Rupert Hawksley: One man and his guitar is up against the world’s biggest heavy metal band but Jake Bugg is in no mood to be overshadowed. Strong start from the cocksure singer with a series of his biggest tunes. If he can keep this up, forget the World Cup, this will be the summer’s biggest upset.
Lars Ulrich (left) and James Hetfield of Metallica AFP/GETTY
Alice Vincent: Goldfrapp’s arch disco performance is a familiar art to those who have seen them before: lead singer Alison Goldfrapp (below) has an excellent line in shoulderpads and batwings which perfectly accessorise her impeccable, octave-spanning vocals. It’s good, but the band are only properly fun when they get into their big dance hits 40 Minutes in. Dancing in the mud has never felt so elevated – but it would have been better half an hour earlier.
Neil McCormick: I think Metallica are making a lot of friends at "Glasto", as frontman James Hetfield calls it. He addresses the crowd with just the right balance of humility and arrogance, conscious that he is representing the much maligned genre of heavy metal. The sound is fantastic, separated, loud and clear, the playing dynamic, focussed and relentless. "Do you want heavy? Do you want heavy? Metallica gives you heavy, baby!"
After playing For Whom The Bell Tolls and Wherever I May Roam, Metallica’s James Hetfield shouts to the crowd: "I’ve got four questions. One, raise your hand if you want this earth to be a better place. Two, if you think you’re doing your part with honesty and integrity to your own morals. Would you want to be accepted and loved by all your brothers and sisters exactly as you are right now? And raise your hand if music raises your soul." With that they launch into a version of Cyanide. Mr Hetfield is 50, in case you were wondering.
PA say "Metallica have sold more than 120 million records".
There are a lot of flags at Glastonbury’s Metallica concert. Is this the norm?
Coincidence but we did a gallery of the best fictional bears today. Surely they are safe from Metallica.
Rupert Hawksley: Pixies concluded their appearance on the Other Stage with the predictably riotous Where is My Mind. It was a blistering farewell to this brutal and occasionally unforgiving performance. Black Francis stood rigidly centre stage displaying the nonchalance of a man with nothing left to prove, never uttering a word to the crowd. Songs such as Here Comes Your Man speak for themselves of course but the unremitting nature of Pixies’ alternative, industrial rock meant this became something of an endurance test at times. Perhaps there was some sense in not putting them top of the bill after all, impressive as they were.
Metallca’s James Hetfield: "We’re very proud to be representing the heavier sides of music. It’s about time. We would love to dedicate this song to everyone here who has been waiting for this. And to all the UK bands who have dreaming of playing this stage and uttering the cry: ‘Do you want heavy?’"
For what it’s worth, the experience of listening to Metallica is improved by eating a profiterole
Mixed reactions from the sofas of the UK . . .
There are no anagrams of Metallica, in case you wondered.
Glitch with the live streaming, too. This was all that was showing for five minutes
Clichés coming thick and fast on BBC. Metallica. "These uncompromising monsters of rock", "be ready to be rocked", etc etc
Chris Stone: The crowds for Metallica have swelled in the last few minutes. I’ve had a chat to a few fellow punters and all I spoke to are here out of curiosity to see one of the biggest bands in the world. Will it go down in Glastonbury legend? We’ll see – the shows just starting.
Rupert Hawksley: Pixies are giving two fingers to the Glastonbury notion of peace and love with a ferocious performance on the Other Stage. I’ll need to drink a lot of green tea after this before I’m ready to hug a stranger again.
Metallica fans watching on TV haven’t taken well to BBC’s Jo Whiley comment about the band wearing ‘guyliner’
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Alice Vincent: The B Bar at the West Holts Stage only serves cider. After all, we are in Somerset. Problem is, there isn’t any made of apples. The ‘standard’ is a (rather delicious) 7 per cent pear cider. As one rather irate customer pointed out: ‘that’s perry’"
Calm before the storm. BBC2 showing Goldfrapp before Metallica start
‘Where did we leave the car, dear?"
A sign is pictured behind the Sonic Stage at Worthy Farm in Somerset, during the Glastonbury Festival. Pic: REUTERS
Our Video man Chris Stone says: As Metallica’s roadies run through final sound checks (I can confirm the show will be LOUD), there’s still a lot of empty space at the top of the hill in front of the Pyramid stage. I’m sitting in exactly the same place as I was this time last year, but back then I could barely move for the crowds. To be fair that night the Rolling Stones headlined, but the crowd for Metallica seems fairly small by regular Pyramid headliner standards. Maybe it will be a good night for Jake Bugg.
Neil McCormick’s video review of Jack White
Martin Chilton: For red-button users on BBC, I can confirm that there are far more flashing lights in the Warpaint concert than at Jack White or Jagwar Ma. If flashing lights are your thing, of course
Imagine Dragons have tweeted a very muddy picture of themselves
Fat White Family perform on the John Peel Stage
Here’s the Manic Street Preachers in action
Nicky Wire of the Manic Street Preachers Pic: PA
People seem to share Rupert’s view
Rupert Hawksley: Awaiting the arrival of Pixies on the Other Stage BEFORE Jake Bugg. Yes, that’s right, one of the most influential bands in history is effectively warming up for a balladeer with just two albums to his name. What, pray, was the thinking behind that?
"Haven’t they heard of E. coli?/You’re only young once". Decide for yourselves . . .
Rupert Hawksley: This year is the 20th anniversary of Generation Terrorists, the Manic Street Preachers’ debut album, and the veteran Welsh rockers relied heavily on their extensive back catalogue to deliver the most glorious of early evening sets on the Other Stage. As the sun began to creep behind the horizon, we were treated to singalong after singalong, none more powerful than the misty-eyed anti-fascist anthem, If You Tolerate This. Their new material was largely underwhelming but, let’s be honest, it was only ever go to serve as filler before the next big hit.
Neil McCormicK: Country fiddling, dirty blues, Dylanesque rambles, psychedelic wig outs, punk, metal, hip hop, Jack White’s a one man compendium of rock styles. His band really look like they are letting loose which is always a pleasure to see. Sometimes, though, they seem to be having more fun than the audience. It’s a raw improvisational set that wouldn’t have sounded out of place at Glastonbury in the 70s. A final encore of Seven Nation Army made up for some of the more wayward jamming.
Under an hour until Metallica
But not sure quite what’s happening to him here . . .
Pic: GEOFF PUGH
And here is the man in action
Pic: GEOFF PUGH
Jack White opening with some old stuff
It’s hungry work, this blogging lark #healthydinner
Alice, always watch out for men with husky voices . . .
Alice Vincent: Days of singing, whooping and shouting over music has left a lot of frogs in throats by this point. I’ve heard husky tones around the whole site. Hopefully Metallica are in better condition ahead of tonight’s screamfest.
and people seem to love that Jack White is covering Metallica
Ah, here’s one of those Metallica T-shirts we mentioned (WARNING: CONTAINS SWEARING) in a selfie tweet:
Robert Plant and his Sensational Space Shifters making the old Led Zeppelin song Black Dog nice and sultry on BBC4 delayed coverage
This is on the PA news wire: Metallica T-shirts on sale on merchandise stalls to the sides of the Pyramid Stage poked fun at the negative reaction to them headlining. They carried quotes from naysayers including "Metallica aren’t in the spirit of peace loving Glastonbury" and "Metallica at Glastonbury – Whoopee-f——-doo."
Not long until Metallica’s Glastonbury debut, the first top slot for a metal band. The festival’s 78-year-old founder, Michael Eavis said: "There’s no other band in the whole history of the festival that has been so keen to play, they will do the best set of their lives here." No pressure, then.
Should they have been on the Pyramid Stage, instead?
Has the man from Del Monte turned up at Worthy Farm?
Coverage just started on BBC4, with the Robert Plant concert
People shelter from the rain near the Pyramid stage Pic: REUTERS
Neil McCormicK: Jack White opens as if attempting to cover as many bases as possible with a loud and furious punk metal hip hop blast. Hair hanging in front of his face, he looks like a Halloween ghoul. Is he attempting to outrock Metallica?
Now I’m feeling hungry, too
This really is live news: Brazil win dramatic penalty shoot-out
Excitement builds for Jack White
Neil McCormick’s thoughts on Robert Plant’s chops:
There was a whole lotta love for Robert Plant at Glastonbury, especially when he played old Led Zeppelin numbers. His new band, the Sensational Space Shifters, may concoct a fascinating hybrid of world music, dub, jazz, afrobeat and blues well suited to such an eclectic festival but it’s when they hit those familiar power chords and Jimmy Page riffs that the crowd surges. It may have been a long lonely lonely lonely lonely time since he rock and rolled but, on this evidence, Plant’s still got the vocal chops and stadium charisma.
We like resplendent music . . .
Alice Vincent: The John Peel stage traditionally hosts the hot new things of that year, meaning it rarely accommodates its crowds for chart-topping acts. Even by these standards, Clean Bandit drew an enormous audience. The Cambridge quintet, who blend classical strings with nu-garage beats, managed to entertain them all. I suspect the triumphant cover of Robin S’s 1993 club classic Show Me Love may have been lost on the teenagers in the crowd, but doubled up with the band’s 1st number one, Rather Be, it was a resplendent ending to a fun set.
Rupert Hawksley: Only a few minutes to go now until the Manic Street Preachers take to the Other Stage. Worryingly, though, this is the smallest crowd I’ve seen at the festival for this stage. Will the band tolerate this?
What a smashing picture:
Martin Chilton: you’ve got to love the very Englishness of the "so that’s quite nice" end to the quote Beth Orton, on the Avalon Stage at 8.15pm, gave to the Telegraph in this interview:
"I took a course on shamanism. It was fascinating. I learnt that the power is in the story. Old folk songs have that strong sense of superstition: witches and spells, repetition, patterns. I have this fear around the subject but when you put it in a song you become fearless. You forget your own story… So that’s quite nice."
Emily Kokal of Warpaint performs on The Other Stage
Pic: SHIRLAINE FORREST
Avon and Somerset Police say there had been 66 arrests and around 110 crimes so far at Glastonbury – around a third fewer than this time last year. Inspector Liz Hughes said: "The festival is going very well so far from our perspective although we’re certainly not going to be complacent."
Sounds like ESG are funky
I don’t think they are making a zombie movie at Glastonbury . . .
The weather doesn’t seem to be bothering the Plant fans
Pic: GEOFF PUGH
Somebody tell Robert Plant that Brazil-Chile will go into extra time #nolongencores
Here’s a shot of the crowd watching Robert Plant
Pic: GEOFF PUGH
Rupert Hawksley shows his Mills & Boon investigative reporting skills are still sharp . . .
One moment we had a lovely picture of the happy bride in her wedding dress, the next this scamp was on one knee making an ambitious counter-proposal. It was all going so well… until she said no. Of course, being Glastonbury, no one would have blinked if she had accepted his offer
Robert Plant Pic: GEOFF PUGH
The crowd seem to be enjoying Plant. The concert will be on BBC4 at 8pm.
Plant is a proper football fan, by the way. Even taking partner and country singer Patty Griffin to see Blackburn v Wolves. "He gave me something called Bovril," she told the Telegraph last year.
Robert Plant, on stage now, is missing the Brazil-Chile World Cup match. David Luiz, who shares the same hair stylist as Plant, scored.
Among the famous faces spotted at the festival today have been Downton Abbey actresses Laura Carmichael and Lily James, and fashion designers Julien Macdonald and Stella McCartney (below)
As Robert Plant is busy effortlessly showing those youngsters how it’s done, I (Catherine Gee) shall sign off and leave you in the capable hands of Martin Chilton for the night shift. Farewell.
Enormous pangs of envy here in the office. Chris Stone is watching a certain former Led Zeppelin frontman (he was waiting for him when he wrote this but Robert Plant has since taken to the stage).
I’m near the front awaiting Robert Plant. Unsurprisingly, the crowd mainly consists of men of a certain age, or slightly younger men with their fathers. Let the Dad Rock commence.
Neil McCormick also interviewed Robert Plant last year, should you wish to have a read.
Hey look, it’s Angel Haze sitting on a giant cock.
(PIC: Geoff Pugh)
Our latest video review from the field. Lana Del Rey… not great.
Lana Del Rey’s husky vocals were record-perfect from The Pyramid Stage, but on the ground the bulging crowd lost interest. She’s musically brilliant, but after the initial lure of her filmstar looks and provocative dancing have worn off the audience is as bored as she is. Glastonbury ticket holders, in feathers and sparkles and holding bright flags aloft, don’t seem to want to be told that they were born to die.
It’s raining again.
Fortunately Rupert Hawksley has been spending his time away from such pop nonsense and in the presence of some proper rock musicians. He also snapped a picture.
Making the trek up the muddy hill to the Acoustic Stage proved to be worth every precarious step. Who should I find there but Dire Straits’s bassist John Illsley with his band playing Walk of Life. The crowd want more Dire Straits material but I think they’re going to have to be patient. The man’s got an album to promote after all!
John Illsley, in the words of Rupert Hawksley, "rocking like a boss"
Lana Del Rey is well into her Pyramid Stage performance now, rocking a rainbow dress. She’s also smoking on stage. Ms Del Rey has had a bit of an iffy relationship with live performance in the past. Here are Neil McCormick’s thoughts so far:
It’s hard to imagine anyone sounding more bored to be here than Lana Del Rey. But somehow her dreamy pop noir is perfect for a mellow sunshine afternoon on a Somerset hillside. She’s got the biggest Pyramid stage crowd so far. Let’s hope those ominous clouds keep their distance.
Meanwhile, not everyone on Twitter is a fan of her nicotine habit.
Lana Del Rey smokes on the Pyramid Stage
Are you watching Wolf Alice on the John Peel Stage? Or on your screen? You really should. They’re quite mesmerising. It’s the sort of grunge you want to to listen to late at night when you can’t really dance any more so just swaying, arm-waving and dipping will suffice.
Wolf Alice (PIC: BBC)
Also, for fans of Angel Haze, if you want to be acknowledged by her she’s in the process of retweeting every nice thing being written about her performance.
Really beginning to regret not packing my spangly gold jacket – I got scared off by the weather forecast, but now the sun is out there are more sequins around than the average Next January sale. Undoubtedly Lana Del Rey will amp up the glam in 10, judging by the way photographers just ran out of the press tent after her.
Chris Stone has stumbled across not one but five Beetlejuices near the Pyramid Stage.
What’s better than one Beetlejuice? Five of them, of course. Any suggestions for the collective noun?
But worry not, he’s made his decision.
Of course the collective noun should be a cochineal of beetlejuices.
Alice Vincent has just sent in these thoughts about Kelis.
Kelis silenced the enormous crowd that turned up for her Pyramid Stage show with a stunning acapella rendition of the first half Nina Simone’s Feeling Good. It’s an overdone cover, perhaps, but Kelis’s rich, deep purring vocals were perfect. She ended the set with the rest of it, similarly well. But the main bulk of her show, a smooth, Motown delivery of her back catalog lacked this impact.
Kelis plays the Pyramid Stage (PIC: Geoff Pugh)
A helicopter just landed at Worthy Farm. Now who could that be I wonder? My money says that Metallica have just arrived on site.
Chris Stone also snapped a photo of the pyrotechnics set up on the Pyramid Stage. Looks like Metallica’s set could well be an eyebrow singer. "Unless they’re planning to save it for the English National Ballet," he says.
From the comfort of the Telegraph office, I’ve switched over from Kelis’s excellent Pyramid Stage performance to check out Fat White Family on the John Peel Stage. They’re a bit like swamp rock mixed with Syd Barrett, but with more shouting, and some of them are topless. One’s also drinking straight from a wine bottle, which you can only admire. It’s white wine, though, which is probably very much at room (or tent) temperature by now.
Fat White Family at Glastonbury 2014 (PIC: BBC)
So unsurprisingly Rupert Hawksley found Royal Blood’s John Peel Stage performance rather noisy.
Brighton duo Royal Blood don’t half make some noise. Crikey! The pair, who were nominated in the BBC Sound of 2014 poll and recently supported Arctic Monkeys, rattled through a thunderous set on the John Peel Stage. Frontman Mike Kerr seemed genuinely overwhelmed by the size of the crowd but he shouldn’t have been surprised, industry support and critical acclaim has propelled Royal Blood to the front of the hard rock scene. They certainly delivered on the hype. Their blend of aggressive drum solos and spiky guitar called Rage Against the Machine to mind and precipitated the first crowd surf I have seen at Glastonbury. Yes, it was on the heavy side for an early afternoon slot, but it certainly blew any lingering cobwebs away.
PIC: Yui Mok/PA
Neil McCormick has tweeted a casual selfie from the field. Although we’re more enjoying the male-bonding moment going on over his right shoulder. Lovely, eh?
Who needs sunshine? #Glastonbury (@neil_mccormick)
I think Angel Haze has gained some new fans this afternoon. The Detroit rapper delivered big beats and fierce verbal licks to a crowd that may have planned on walking past the Pyramid Stage, but stopped to listen and, by the end of her energetic set, dance. A cover of John Newman’s Love Me Again was a bizarre inclusion – she’s previously taken on Eminem’s hits – but a winning one for the newly converted.
Thoughts from Chris Harvey, who will be reviewing the TV coverage later tonight, from the comfort of his sofa and with a bottle of red wine (probably):
Looking forward to hearing the Glastonbury crowd sing along to Lana Del Rey’s brilliant, swooning F—-d My Way Up to The Top on the Beeb.
Some neat pictures from last night.
PIC: Leon Neal/AFP
PIC: Leon Neal/AFP
Royal Blood have just kicked off on the John Peel Stage. Your current live blogger (me) interviewed them earlier this year back when they were merely the winners of the BBC Sound of 2014 award. They certainly have a very large quantity of "sound". For just two men with a bass and a set of drums they sure know how to make the most of them.
The latest dispatch from Neil McCormick:
Fantastically energetic and uplifting set from Charlie XCX, punking up her digital pop with an all girl guitar band on the Sonic Stage. She’s no 1 in the US but fits right in to the Glastonbury spirit, even in a gold lame minidress and Hollywood starlet sunglasses. In the absence of Iggy Azalea, she gets the crowd to deliver the rap on Fancy. Perhaps embarrassingly for a fifty something rock critic, I find I know all the words. Ah, but Glastonbury makes you feel young again. "I’ve never done that without Iggy, so that was my first time rapping," declares the diminutive British future superstar. In the words of her Icona Pop hit: we love it.
Every day is a school day for Rupert Hawksley.
As a Glastonbury first timer, here are five things I’ve learned:
1. It doesn’t matter how hot it is, you’ll never need flip flops. Ever. I learnt this the hard way.
2. Security guards and stewards are not the same thing. The former don’t like to be asked for directions, the latter do like to be asked for directions, but always request to see your map before offering any advice. Both wear hi-vis jackets.
3. People sit down in large crowds. You see a spot that looks completely empty right in front of the Pyramid Stage. What are the chances? You wrestle through the masses – "why are all these idiots so far back?!" – being silently cursed, only to discover a circle of fold-up chairs occupied by burly men in bad hats.
4. The flags located all around the site are supported by steel rods to give the impression that they are always flapping in a gentle breeze. This will blow your mind.
5. Hippies don’t bring things to festivals, they "contribute" them. I’m yet to discover what the difference is but no doubt it will be profound.
Think being a member of the press is glamorous? Well, only some of the time. This is Neil McCormick‘s view from the press tent. I imagine lives have been lost for a spare plug socket in there.
Check out Rupert Hawksley‘s review of Skrillex, John Newman, Paolo Nutini, Haim.
Wondering what to watch for the rest of the day? These are our picks for Saturday.
For those wanting to listen live, BBC 6 Music are broadcasting Little Dragon’s set which has just begun on the John Peel Stage.
And here is Alice’s video review of Nick Mulvey.
Well that was simply lovely. Nick Mulvey just opened the Pyramid Stage and his sweet baritone and thoughtful, witty lyrics were a perfect tonic to the night before for those who braved the rain to see him. It was a sweet little set, featuring his cover of Nineties club classic You’re Not Alone. He’s a very endearing performer too – all big smiles. You could tell Mulvey was very pleased to be here.
This in from Neil McCormick:
After a promising start to the morning, with the sun peeking through clouds, it is tipping it down at Glastonbury. I have taken shelter in a marquee where a band of percussionists are making a right cacophony banging items of rubbish and a tribe of Hug Trolls are administering much needed hugs.
Our man in the field Rupert Hawksley had this to say about that nasty weather business. Here in the Telegraph office I can’t even see a window. Not sure if that makes me happy or sad.
Even by British standards we at Glastonbury have become obsessed by the weather. That said, I make no apologies for flagging up the biblical downpour which has just descended. They don’t make rain like this anywhere else in the country. Alice has braved it to the Pyramid Stage to review Nick Mulvey but, like the gentleman I am, I thought it best to stay in the press tent and "guard our stuff".
A few Twitter pleas from the bands have started to appear. Here are a few that we think might be worth catching.
Also… oh dear.
Circa Waves tweeted what happened when they went for a walk before their set. Guess it’s still raining then.
Just in case any of you are worried that our music critic Neil McCormick will waste away at Glastonbury, he’s sent us a picture of his breakfast. I now have egg envy.
Here’s our intrepid pair, Alice Vincent and Rupert Hawksley with their weather report for Saturday
It’s the weekend, it’s Glastonbury. What’s not to like.
Lily Allen at Glastonbury yesterday Pic GEOFF PUGH
A reminder that later today we have Jack White, Robert Plant, Lana Del Rey and Kelis. Pixies, Manic Street Preachers, Goldfrapp and Little Drago, along with Jagwar Ma, Beth Orton and Smoke Fairies. Bryan Ferry headlines the West Holts Stage while Jake Bugg takes the top spot on the Other Stage and MGMT appear last on the John Peel Stage.
Rupert Hawksley was impressed by Haim last night: A year ago, California rockers Haim also struggled to excite a festival crowd. All three of the sisters would shout and snarl as if their lives depended on it but too often, their set failed to ignite. A year later and the band have a calmer aura. They allowed their pugnacious guitar solos and shuddering drum rolls to generate the atmosphere in an explosive performance that gave Glastonbury a thoroughly good late afternoon kick up the backside.
Este Haim REUTERS
Lots of talk at Glastonbury about the sad news that soul legend Bobby Womack has died
Martin Chilton: One of the hits on the Acoustic Stage yesterday was Holly Williams, the granddaughter of country legend Hank, and she finished with a medley of her grandfather’s songs. On her recent album, incidentally, Gwyneth Paltrow sings backing vocals on the song Waiting on June.
Neil McCormick was at the Pyramid Stage last night. Here’s his review of Arcade Fire
Welcome to the Glastonbury live blog for Saturday, day four of the festival!
Today’s events should go some way to deciding whether Glastonbury 2014 is deemed a "classic year" or not: Metallica close tonight’s Pyramid Stage, and the trash metal pioneers are one of the most unfancied headliners in years. I actually think they’ll be brilliant. Or at least a whole lot better than Jake Bugg. Here’s why you definitely don’t want to miss them.
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