After the opening Thursday of Glastonbury Festival, the first official day of music (Friday) not only became a legendary day for music, but also one for weather. The majority of the day consisted of heavy, torrential rain which resulted in puddles upon puddles of mud. In and amongst all of this, the music did eventually take centre stage, culminating in a fantastic headline set from Arcade Fire on the Pyramid Stage.
The day started with a not-so-secret set over on the Other Stage, as Leeds quintet Kaiser Chiefs performed a 45-minute set to a large crowd. Opening with I Predict a Riot, the Ricky Wilson-fronted rockers went on to play early hits Every Day I Love You Less and Less, Ruby and set highlight Yours Truly, Angry Mob. Following them on the same stage were legendary rock group Blondie, who are still going strong after many decades in the music business. The set, which brought a brief moment of sun to Worthy Farm, opened with One Way Or Another before the Debbie Harry-fronted legends played songs old and new, including 80s hit Call Me. It’s a rare sight to not only see Blondie onstage, but also to see them absolutely smash it. When you have legendary acts of a certain caliber pulling off fantastic shows, it always begs one question – “how can the bands of today do what they did?”
One such upcoming band is London’s very own Jungle. Live consisting of a seven-piece live group fronted by mysterious frontmen J and T, Jungle is preparing to soon release their debut album. Their 40-minute set on the John Peel Stage featured the singles Busy Earnin’, The Heat and set closer Platoon, all of which received rapturous reception. The crowd reaction was so great that frontman J was almost brought to tears of happiness upon looking out towards the crowd. Following Jungle were Drenge, the brotherly duo of Eoin and Rory Loveless, whose raw and gritty garage rock proved just about heavy enough to entice plenty of crowd members into pits and crowdsurfing. Set highlight Fuckabout received the best reaction, with virtually the whole tent shouting at the top of their lungs. Once the duo left the stage and people’s ears stopped ringing, it was time for Kettering-quartet Temples to take to the 5,000-capacity tent. Opening with Colours to Life, from recent debut album Sun Structures, the band magnificently rocketed through highlights such as Ankh,Move With the Seasons and A Question Isn’t Answered. Unfortunately the band played on for too long, meaning that potential set closer Shelter Song had to remain unplayed as the band quietly left the stage amidst confusion.
Following this trio of up-and-coming stars, it was time for Haim to take to the Other Stage. Having erupted towards the midpoint of last year, the Califonian sister-trio played songs from their 2013 debut release Days Are Gone. Opening with Falling, the set highlight featured bassist Este recounting the time she almost died at Glastonbury, before launching into a rendition of Beyonce’s XO which featured lead-singer Danielle on drums and live drummer Dash Hutton on guitar and vocals. . Their set, as per usual, also featured a cover of Fleetwod Mac’s Oh Well, in and amongst the likes of Forever,Honey & I and set closer Let Me Go. The set proved that Haim still know how to completely work a crowd, regardless of who, where and when.
It was just after Haim that the heavens opened once more, with the rain being so torrential that various stages encountered 30-minute delays. One of the affected sets was that of Indie-quartet Spector, where the PA announced that the stage was to be shut down, before a massive lightning flash hit right next to the stage. This meant that a lot of the crowd left, battling fierce weather conditions to experience a mid-tempo set on the Other Stage by Foster the People, before Wild Beasts closed off their own set on the John Peel Stage. One area of Glastonbury which never stopped partying, though, was the Silver Hayes. Just as the rain slowly died down, people were still partying on and on and on to the beats coming from the speakers.
After Wild Beasts finished up on the John Peel Stage, it was the turn of Scottish electro-pop group Chvrches to show the tent that they have what it takes to be a massive band within the next year. Opening with recent single We Sink, the Lauren Mayberry-fronted trio (today accompanied by a sign language interpreter on the side of the stage) effortlessly performed banging tracks from their debut album, The Bones of What You Believe. Culminating in a euphoric rendition of The Mother We Share, their set proved that, with a tiny bit more work, Chvrches will be headlining in years to come.
As night time approached, the crowd filled up around the Pyramid Stage in eager anticipation of the evenings’ headline act, Canadian group Arcade Fire. With an intricate set which featured mirrors hanging off of the ceiling, they opened with recent comeback single Reflektor, from the album of the same name. The 2-hour set featured cuts from throughout their whole career, such as classics Neigbourhood #3 (Power Out), which segued into Rebellion (Lies). A downtempo mid-set featuring The Suburbs quickly picked up pace with a harder Ready to Start and a mesmerizing rendition of No Cars Go. As the band left the stage following Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains), seven crew members dressed as members of the band (wearing bobbleheads famous from the Reflektor and Sprawl II music videos) took to the stage and asked the crowd, “are you sick of live music?”. They proceeded to dance to a selection of Glastonbury classics such as Wonderwall, Common People and Bittersweet Symphony. The real band then came and kicked them out, leading into the rock-meets-showtune Normal Person, before going into the carnival-anthem Here Comes the Night Time (complete with confetti). The full show closed with Wake Up, one of the group’s earliest hits. Hearing the 80,000-strong crowd all chant along to the signature melody was enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stick up. Arcade Fire proved that, even with this being their first set as headliners here in Somerset, that they sure know how to pull off nothing short of amazing.
As the crowd filtered towards the nightlife areas, many have already headed off for a night of rest before the second day of the festival. Climaxing with a hotly-anticipated headline set from heavy metal group Metallica, the second proper day of Glastonbury also features performances from Imagine Dragons, Pixies, Jack White and Warpaint. There are also rumoured secret appearances from Mumford & Sons and Haim. All Things Loud will bring full coverage of Day Two via our Facebook page, as well as our Twitter and Instagram accounts (@allthingsloud). We will also be interviewing Skinny Lister and Young Fathers, so shall keep you updated by the various social media platforms.