UPDATE – Watch full sets from Saturday including Jack White, Robert Plant, Warpaint, The Horrors and more.
Glastonbury Festival returns to Pilton, England’s Worthy Farm this weekend with headliners Arcade Fire, Metallica and Kasabian; rock stars Jack White, The Black Keys and MGMT; and an eclectic mix of hit makers (Lana Del Rey, Skrillex) and veterans (Yoko Ono, Dolly Parton, Robert Plant, Pixies). Some of the most exciting performances however are on the fest’s many smaller stages – such as the sets that kicked of the festival Friday by Courtney Barnett (including two new songs), Temples, Parquet Courts, Four Tet and Lykke Li. Watch pro-shot highlights below as well as fan-filmed footage of Jonny Greenwood playing Steve Reich’s “Electric Counterpoint” yesterday (as part of Radiohead’s year off Greenwood has been playing solo concerts and festivals as of late).
Yesterday saw heavy rains leave parts of the festival grounds in mud and a few sets delayed or cut short during an electric storm. That didn’t stop Arcade Fire from pulling out all the stops during their headlining slot though. Visual treats included a man in a mirror suit at the start of their set, a team of male dancers adorning silver dresses and blonde wigs during “We Exist,” their bobbleheads for “Normal Person,” and fireworks during “Keep The Car Running” and “No Cars Go”. Watch the full set below:
Elsewhere, M.I.A. (ever the conspirator-minded agitator) ranted about the BBC censoring her performance (even though they didn’t), Interpol and Blondie turned back time, Chvrches put their light show to good use, HAIM banged on toms and made faces while playing their hits (and Beyoncé’s “XO” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Oh Well”), Lilly Allen peppered her set of songs from her new album Sheezus and 2009’s It’s Not Me, It’s You with a cover of Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know,” and Glastonbury Free Press published a lead article by Yoko Ono ahead of her performance with the Plastic Ono Band (which includes Yo La Tengo) this Sunday at 6pm. [UPDATE – Watch Yoko with Yo La Tengo…watch the second half first…set starts off slow…)
Additionally the BBC is recording special sessions with Midlake, tUnE-yArDs and others.