The second proper day of Glastonbury Festival yesterday proved to us that we can have nice music and nice weather at the same time, just not all the time. With a massive headline performance from Metallica later in the evening on the Pyramid Stage, the whole day featured an astounding amount of great music on show.
One such aspect of great music on show was courtesy of Liverpool-quartet Circa Waves, making their Glastonbury debut over on the Other Stage with a set filled with elements of The Strokes and Pixies. Set highlight Get Away proved that Circa Waves have certainly got a lot more up their sleeve by the time their debut album is released later this year. Alongside Circa Waves, new music was greatly represented at Glastonbury this year. Another fantastic band who made their Glastonbury debut this year, Wolf Alice, showed a full John Peel Stage exactly why they were the most hyped up band on the internet in 2013. Performing 7 songs, the set climaxed with highpoint Bros, with Ellie Roswell’s hypnotic yet hauntingly beautiful voice setting their songs apart from their contemporaries. This four-piece have a very, very bright future ahead of them if this crowd reaction was anything to go by.
Before Wolf Alice played their John Peel set, it was up to Warpaint to keep a large Other Stage crowd entertained for an hour. Based on the reactions from the crowd, the set went down very well with recent single Love Is To Die standing head and shoulders above the rest of the set. Although it’s very downbeat music, Warpaint are the perfect soundtrack to a sunny festival afternoon, particularly at a festival where they are appreciated so much. Following Warpaint on the Other Stage were Irish rockers Kodaline, whose set included the hits All I Want, High Hopes and One Day. Imagine Dragons then followed Kodaline on the Other Stage with a highlight filled set from the mud-drenched Las Vegas rockers. Culminating in a roaring rendition of Radioactive, Imagine Dragons showed the crowd how much their hard work has really paid off in the years since they were playing Las Vegas casinos and bars on a nightly basis.
With the main music stages filled with lots of great music, it could only mean that the music on the smaller stages was just as good, if not better. Australian dance rockers Jagwar Ma gave a thrilling set on the Park Stage in the pouring rain, yet this did not stop the crowd from fully engaging in their sun-drenched music. Featuring a powerful-yet-fun Let Her Go and an epic Come Save Me, Jagwar Ma are another exciting prospect for the future. Warpaint’s Stella Mozgawa appeared as a guest on the drums, with friends of the band running on the stage towards the end to manically dance along and get the crowd further interacting. Australia was further represented with Courtney Barnett making two onsite appearances on the Saturday, including a super intimate set up in the Crows Nest.
As the evening approached, more and more people descended on the Pyramid Stage for metal band Metallica, who were sub-headlined by the legendary Jack White. Playing in front of a backdrop representative of his new single Lazaretto’s accompanying music video, the set drew from White’s massive back catalogue, including his recent solo work as well his work with The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather. With various, long drawn-out jam sessions between songs, it did partly feel like the set was dragging on, yet the classics he played certainly made up for this as he proved himself the perfect preparation for Metallica. Just before Metallica took to the stage, though, psychedelic rockers Temples played their second set of the weekend over in the William’s Green tent. Almost identical to their Friday afternoon set, the band opened with Colours to Life before singles Keep in the Dark and Mesmerise made way for set closer Shelter Song.
Then the time had come. A packed out Pyramid Stage field was ready for Metallica’s descent upon Worthy Farm, as their classic intro video (The Ecstasy of Gold, by Ennio Morricone) played on the screens. However, unlike usually walking onstage to start playing, they had a surprise in store. A second video was played on the screens, depicting a typically British fox hunting scenario, yet in which the hunters eventually get shot dead by bears (as a dig to the recent bear hunting situation). These bears came out of the forest to reveal themselves one-by-one as the members of Metallica with costumes on. The bears winning got the crowd cheering all around as the band kicked into set opener Creeping Death. Keeping to the classics, such as For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Memory Remains, Metallica won over the crowd with their perfect showmanship and brilliant crowd interaction. There were some 50 fans onstage with Metallica flags, supposedly representing the heavy music scene today. Metallica surely let the crowd know that metal needs to be represented, to large cheers. The highlight of the show, Enter Sandman, saw every fist in the air and everyone singing at the top of their lungs. It was a real sight to see, as set closer Seek & Destroy then saw large balloons launched into the crowd. Say what you will about Metallica, but they pulled it off with so much ease, it was if they were a house band.
As Saturday came to a close, many people left the Pyramid Stage having experienced a headline set which will go down in history. Can Kasabian top that? We’ll find out today, a day which also features performances from Dolly Parton, The Black Keys, Massive Attack and London Grammar. All Things Loud will be bringing you coverage of the final day of Glastonbury Festival, via our Facebook page as well as our Twitter and Instagram accounts (@allthingsloud).