Glastonbury 2014: Lana Del Rey, Robert Plant, Metallica – Saturday as it happened

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All the action on day two of Glastonbury as it happened, from Bombay Bicycle Club to Lana Del Rey

Eat, sleep, rave, repeat?

Lizzie, 29, from London in the dance area on Saturday.
Lizzie, 29 from London in the dance area on Saturday. Photograph: Alicia Canter Photograph: Alicia Canter/The Guardian

Ok, it's time to wrap up this particular liveblog – because Michael Hann is sitting on a sofa in north London, ready to take TV viewers through the rest of the Glastonbury action.

What's happened today?

  • Lots of people saw some bands, and some of them will have got muddy.
  • Some of them will have been dressed as unicorns.

Now it's time for the likes of Pixies, Jake Bugg, Metallica, and mayhem elsewhere too, no doubt, in the late night dance area and in the "naughty corner".

Thanks for reading thus far ... and here's the evening blog.

BREAKING! Mumford & Sons apparently are here, quite possibly doing things like playing with Haim.

HAIM + Mumford and Sons on stage, Avalon Cafe now, like

— Jon Lawrence (@JonCantDance) June 28, 2014

This, I think, IS true, because Jon Lawrence is the pr for Mumfords. And Haim.

Covering the Stones and everything ...

Haim and Mumford and Sons covering The Rolling Stones' 'Dead Flowers' onstage #GlastonburyFestival

— Jenny Stevens (@jenny_stevens) June 28, 2014

Good news. BBC Weather reckon that's the end of the rain. (What on earth will we write about here tomorrow?)

#glastonbury weather looking ...

— CasparLlewellynSmith (@CasparLS) June 28, 2014

So, it's just gone 6pm, the sort of hour at which many several festivalgoers nip back to their tents to ready themselves for the night ahead. Herewith a very brilliant film of some of the action at Arcadia last night, courtesy of our photographer Gary Calton.

Robert Plant has followed Lana on stage. Or has he? Because he is also apparently tweeting a pic of himself.

Rain or shine, the crowd goes wild as RP takes the stage #RobertPlant #Glastonbury #bbcglasto

— Robert Plant (@RobertPlant) June 28, 2014

Here is Kate Hutchinson's Lana Del Rey review! Here!

Edited highlight:

She awkwardly slinks her way through kohl-smudged hits such as Born to Die, West Coast and National Anthem but the most exciting thing that happens is when she lights a cigarette for Blue Jeans.

(Not that fussed I missed that ...)


Meanwhile, herewith some members of the Guardian team here, "reporting" on the best thing they've seen so far at the festival:

Guardian writers pick #glastonbury favourite thing

— CasparLlewellynSmith (@CasparLS) June 28, 2014

Normcore or just ... normal?
Normcore or just ... normal? Photograph: Gary Calton/gary calton Photograph: Gary Calton/gary calton

Long-drop loos, lobster and normcore ... but what else is new at this year's festival? Read more from reporters Hannah Ellis-Petersen and Josh Halliday.

Oh, you don't know what normcore is? Here's a sneak preview:

Chris Mandle, 25, from London, was sporting a shapeless waterproof Mountain Life walking jacket bought from a camping shop years ago. "I'm not an active follower of normcore, I'm just really boring," he said."You don't want to wear your favourite clothes if you're going to get them covered in shit. That is my rationale. I'm going to be wearing this jacket all weekend and I'm going to look forward to being very smug when it rains."

Lana del Rey. Smokin'?
Lana Del Rey. Smokin'? Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters Photograph: CATHAL MCNAUGHTON/REUTERS

Lots of people on Twitter not liking Lana smoking on stage.

Lana del Rey smoking on stage is disgusting, can you really not wait that long for one!?

— Amy Longshaw (@AmyyLongshaw) June 28, 2014
Lana del Rey on the Pyramid.
Lana Del Rey on the Pyramid. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images Photograph: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images

Suddenly ... it's pouring down again. This weather is kerayzee.

And in more exciting news, several members of the Guardian team have been to see Lana Del Rey. A full review follows shortly.

Even the horses at #Glastonbury are Lana Del Rey fans

— Tim Jonze (@timjonze) June 28, 2014


Meeting @shappikhorsandi at Glastonbury

— Adam Boult (@adamboult) June 28, 2014

Meanwhile, know ye that It is Not All About the Music pt. 72 ... Adam Boult has been talking to some of the comedians playing in the Cabaret tent this year. From his chat with Shappi Khorsandi:

Did you have a cry at Elbow?

No, I held it together - even during One Day Like This. After my divorce I couldn't listen to music for two years, and that song was the one that brought me back, and made me feel like a 15 year old discovering music again. But I didn't cry - just enjoyed the moment.

Awwww! Read the rest here.

Here's a live review for y'all ... Lanre Bakare's take on the Fat White Family, who played the John Peel stage earlier. Tops off, bare feet, get involved – unless you're a square.

.. @fatwhitefamily being not fat but white...on Jon Peel stage @GlastoFest

— Stephen Budd (@stephenbudd) June 28, 2014

While that Skrillex has come over all spiritual ...

Glastonbury festival had me like

— Skrillex (@Skrillex) June 28, 2014

Anyone need any heavy equipment shifting?

@guardianmusic Desperate roadie Jarvis Cocker rolls into Glastonbury lights at the ready!

— We Are Desperate (@desperate_ss) June 28, 2014

Other news: the BBC is reporting that a woman has been airlifted to hospital from the festival site after suffering a spinal injury. It is not yet known how the woman received the injury.

It is now too hot ... sweltering in front of the Pyramid, where three female artists have been taking us through the afternoon. First up, Angel Haze (whose bass did bad things to my head that early in the day) and Kelis ...

Angel Haze in the Pyramid's pit.
Angel Haze in the Pyramid's pit. Photograph: Matt Crossick/PA Photograph: Matt Crossick/PA
Kelis followed her on.
Kelis followed her on. Photograph: WILL OLIVER/EPA Photograph: WILL OLIVER/EPA

And right now it's Lana del Rey's turn ... pictured earlier here with Angel Haze.

Lana in glastonbury right now x #lanadelrey #teamlana

— Jenny Del Rey (@LittleLana13) June 28, 2014


Followers of @GuardianMusic on Twitter have been sending us their pictures from this year's festival. Here are some of the best ones.

@GuardianMusic taken last night #GlastonburyFestival

— A (@AFJM_) June 28, 2014

@guardianmusic Peter Hitchens Party Posse doing Glasto for the big man! #Glastonbury

— Michael Holt (@holt_michael) June 27, 2014

Panoramic as Elbow play pyramid stage @guardianmusic #GlastonburyFestival #Glastonbury

— Phil INGLIS (@bestbacknine) June 27, 2014

#Glastonbury Rainbow @guardianmusic #FURS Playing Saturday The Rabbit Hole 19:15 and Sunday @bbc_introducing 12pm

— FURS (@fursfurs) June 28, 2014

"Bombay Bicycle Club secret set is so rammed that people have decided
to move the tent walls," reports Rebecca Nicholson from the BBC Introducing Stage, where the band are playing a secret set.

Bombay Bicycle Club secret set so rammed that people decided to move the tent. #Glastonbury

— Rebecca Nicholson (@beccanicholson) June 28, 2014


Nero DJs inside the Arcadia spider on Friday 28 June at Glastonbury Festival 2014.
Nero DJs inside the Arcadia spider on Friday 28 June at Glastonbury Festival 2014. Photograph: Alicia Canter Photograph: Alicia Canter/Guardian

DJs inside a giant metal spider? That's the kind of thing Bristol's Arcadia crew are about, building their grand contraptions out of recycled military hardware. They were soundtracked on the first night by Eats Everything, DJ Nero, Friction and the Arcadia Soundsystem. Here are some of the best pictures from last night's event ...


John Wizards fans start young

Everyone's having fun at John Wizards at the West Holts stage, chilled and funky... JF

— Glastonbury Live (@GlastoLive) June 28, 2014

Anyone off their head?

Hot new #glastonbury fashion

— Kate Hutchinson (@katehutchinson) June 28, 2014

How do Glastonbury-goers rate this year's festival? From trapeze artists to stilt walkers, Alicia Canter and Matt Fidler heard their stories and made a picture gallery out of them.

Glastonbury crowd
Nothing says Glastonbury quite like an animal onesie. Photograph: WILL OLIVER/EPA Photograph: WILL OLIVER/EPA

Alexis Petridis spent this morning writing a tribute to Bobby Womack. You can read his words here.

It seems a ridiculous thing to say about a man who was clearly gravely ill, but something about him suggested a weird kind of invincibility

I was lucky enough to do a Glastonbury-themed interview with Bobby last year in which he spoke about Mick Jagger, mud and never, ever wanting to leave the stage - which seems oddly appropriate to link to again here.

Bobby Womack
Bobby Womack: 'I've been doing this for 50 years. I'm way past getting nervous.' Photograph: Robert Yager for the Guardian Photograph: Robert Yager/Guardian


Controversy be damned – Metallica are gearing up for Glastonbury. Or Glastallica, if you will.

Get ready for Glastallica! #glastonbury #glastallica #metatglastonbury
Get ready for Glastallica! #glastonbury #glastallica #metatglastonbury Photograph: metallica/Instagram Photograph: metallica/Instagram

We're halfway through the festival, but are you a Glastonbury expert yet? Test your knowledge with this tricky quiz from our man on the sofa, Michael Hann

Michael Eavis.
Michael Eavis. Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian Photograph: David Levene

More 'secret' set news just in: Bombay Bicycle Club are doing the BBC Introducing stage at 3pm.

In case you missed it, the top of the Pyramid stage is pretty metal this year

Pyramid is set for Metallica! #glastonbury
Pyramid is set for Metallica! #glastonbury Photograph: joshypatz/Instagram Photograph: joshypatz/Instagram

Arcade Fire may have wowed the Pyramid stage crowd last night (here's Alexis Petridis' verdict), but the reaction from the sofa was more mixed...

Arcade Fire at Glastonbury: the live experience, as captured in Instagram.
Arcade Fire at Glastonbury: the live experience, as captured in Instagram. Photograph: shortchlo/Instagram Photograph: shortchlo/Instagram

If you want to see why the licence fee is worth it, go on to iPlayer and watch the entire Arcade Fire set from #Glastonbury. Unbelievable

— Simon Kelner (@Simon_Kelner) June 28, 2014

You know you're getting old when you only discover amazing bands like Arcade Fire from Glastonbury highlights on tv

— Rod (@geekygym) June 28, 2014

Something of music morning at the Play Group about Arcade Fire.

— suzanne moore (@suzanne_moore) June 27, 2014

Glastonbury TV coverage headlines: the keyboard player from the Arcade Fire is absolutely intolerable & I'm going to bed. In an actual bed.

— Anna Derbyshire (@AnnaDerbyshire) June 27, 2014

Watching the @arcadefire set at Glasto on the tv. Possibly the best live set I've ever seen from them - stunning start to finish!

— Andrew Beeston (@TheCarpathian) June 27, 2014

Watching arcade fire's Glastonbury set from last night, SO good, need to see them live

— Tom Lee (@tommyjlee_) June 28, 2014

Someone definitely told Arcade Fire they were boring and they've overcompensated.

— Liz Buckley (@liz_buckley) June 27, 2014

This arcade fire #Glastonbury set looks a bit like U2's Zooropa tour done on a budget. Oh well...

— Jónsi's Stunt Double (@Bobcluness) June 27, 2014

Arcade Fire - In years to come, no-one will admit to it.

— luke haines (@LukeHaines_News) June 27, 2014

Our reporter Josh had an unfortunate puddle incident

Glastonbury. Ruining jeans since 1970.
Glastonbury. Ruining jeans since 1970. Photograph: joshhalliday/Instagram Photograph: joshhalliday/Instagram

Naturally the talk of the site today is Bobby Womack - here are six of his greatest performances.

The entire Guardian cabin has just been invited to a performance of "Australian permaculture electro-swing ukulele", which surely wins the prize for most Glastonbury sentence ever spoken.

In addition to their 3pm Other Stage slot today, Warpaint will be doing an acoustic set on top of the replica Arctic Sunrise ship (pictured below, with Vivienne Westwood on top) at 6pm, for Greenpeace.

Arctic Sunrise
Photograph: Gary Calton Photograph: Gary Calton/gary calton

Harriet Gibsone is continuing her mission to ask every single band playing at Glastonbury some questions. This time, a sharply dressed Daniel from Interpol!

Sunset from the Other stage, last night at Glastonbury

Twitter / smileycaprice: Sunset background from ...
Sunset from the Other stage. Photograph: smileycaprice/Twitter Photograph: smileycaprice/Twitter

Aphex Twin made a rare, and unannounced, appearance at the Common in the early hours. Here's a quick pic:

Glastonbury festival: Aphex Twin
Glastonbury festival: Aphex Twin Photograph: andre_vii/Instagram Photograph: andre_vii/Instagram

Prince rumours time! We talked about the possibility of him turning up here yesterday, and now the Mirror is reporting that he's set to make an appearance with Rita Ora (Rita Ora!). Let's see ...

This is what Glastonbury looked like yesterday: sunshine and rain and good times

Glastonbury dance village on Friday night (left to right): London Underground, Genesis, NYC Downlow, Block 9.
Glastonbury dance village on Friday night (left to right): London Underground, Genesis, NYC Downlow, Block 9. Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian Photograph: David Levene/David Levene for the Guardian
 #theatre #circus #glasto #glasto2014 #glastonbury #glastonbury2014 #glastonburyfestival #entertainer #happy #reporter #vsco #vscocam #vscogood
#theatre #circus #glasto #glasto2014 #glastonbury #glastonbury2014 #glastonburyfestival #entertainer #happy #reporter #vsco #vscocam #vscogood Photograph: adoniawasson/Instagram Photograph: adoniawasson/Instagram
Glastonbury wouldn't be Glastonbury without mud.
Glastonbury wouldn't be Glastonbury without mud. Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian Photograph: David Levene/David Levene for the Guardian
The Glastonbury crowd dances as Eats Everything plays inside the Arcadia spider on Friday night.
The Glastonbury crowd dances as Eats Everything plays inside the Arcadia spider on Friday night. Photograph: Alicia Canter for the Guardian Photograph: Alicia Canter for the Guardian
This calls for a Glastonbury sadface: a discarded she pee in the mud.
This calls for a Glastonbury sadface: a discarded she pee in the mud. Photograph: katehutchinsonpow/Instagram Photograph: katehutchinsonpow/Instagram
MIA on the West Holts stage at Glastonbury, Friday night.
MIA on the West Holts stage at Glastonbury, Friday night. Photograph: Tabatha Fireman/Redferns via Getty Images Photograph: Tabatha Fireman/Redferns via Getty Images
Lily Allen took to the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury a little late due to the storms, but went down a, er, storm, nevertheless.
Lily Allen took to the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury a little late due to the storms, but went down a, er, storm, nevertheless. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images


Metallica update!

Lars is here.

At Glastonbury already? Lars spotted trodging his way through the mud Friday. Ready for Metallica's set?! #glasto

— Metallica (@Metallica) June 28, 2014

Today's weather report: surreal with a chance of scattered murders #Glastonbury

— Mark Beaumont (@Markbeaumontuk) June 28, 2014

The rain has begun. One grumpy old man is seeing the sunny side (this is Geoff Barrow from Portishead):

Best thing about the rain at Glastonbury is that is discourages any TOWIE appearances

— Geoff Barrow (@jetfury) June 28, 2014



Before we recap some of last night's action, a quick word about Bobby Womack, who died yesterday, word of which won't have reached all festivalgoers yet. It's very sad news. He was 70-years old.

Bobby Womack
Bobby Womack Photograph: Jamie-James Medina/PR company handout Photograph: Jamie-James Medina/PR company handout

The last time I saw him was here at Glastonbury last year, when he headlined the West Holts stage, and in the slightly fragile state I was in at the time, he damn near brought me to tears. Here's our review of that show.

The sea of waving hands showed how much love you can get for being true to yourself.

Here's a gallery of great images, and here's an underrated Bobby banger for your pleasure.

Bobby Womack's So Many Rivers.


Roll up, roll up, and welcome to Saturday at Glastonbury, which we'll be liveblogging through the day and into the evening, when Metallica are due to headline the Pyramid stage.

This is what the stage looked like not five minutes ago, a picture I snapped on my daily commute across the site to the Guardian's portable building/ Glastonbury HQ in the mythical backstage compound (the loos are nicer than elsewhere; the bar's ok; that's about it).

#glastonbury just now

— CasparLlewellynSmith (@CasparLS) June 28, 2014

So it's muddy, and there are some dark clouds, and wee bit of sun, and according to the forecast, some rain should start shortly and carry on intermittently through until the evening ... stopping just in time for Lars Ulrich and co.

Metallica are a slightly controversial choice to do so, with one report claiming that almost four in five fans who bought a ticket to this year's festival were put off by Michael Eavis's decision to sign them up. (Mind you, the poll was conducted by ticket marketplace site Viagogo, with results conveniently seeming to prove that preventing festivalgoers from reselling their tickets is a bad thing.)

Forget this though because the band are ON MESSAGE, tweeting about getting ready to play and plugging WaterAid, one of the festival's beneficiaries.

Off to Glastonbury! You can #ChangeTheRecord & bring clean water to 1000s w/ @wateraiduk!

— Metallica (@Metallica) June 25, 2014

But how ready are festivalgoers for these titans of rock? Yesterday, Tim Jonze went to find out, taking (of course) his own customised metal detector with him. LOLS await!

The metal detector.



Caspar Llewellyn Smith, Rebecca Nicholson and Tim Jonze

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