Saturday as it happened:
Mercury winners Alt-J are a mediocre alt-ernative
Patrick Smith reports from the Other Stage:
As the Foo Fighters pulled in revellers in their droves at the Pyramid, Alt-J played the Other Stage to a surprisingly small crowd tonight. Despite winning the Mercury Prize in 2012, the Leeds art-rock band don't really command the respect that they deserve. Their debut album, An Awesome Wave, for instance, was excellent, filled with fascinatingly oblique lyrics and wrapped up in Joe Newman's unique voice. Two tracks from that first record were served up early doors, Something Good and Tessellate, neither of which the band have bettered since. Their set, which took in their three albums, including their recent one, Relaxer, was solid - but the crowd was simply not vast enough to create a buoyant Saturday-night atmosphere.
Dave just broke Adele's f---ing record
"Let me tell you something," Grohl grinned. "We were doing an interview, and someone said, 'You know you're not supposed to swear at Glastonbury?' I was like, what the f--- is that supposed to f---ing mean? I guess Adele holds the record for the most F's in a Glastonbury appearance. And I love Adele..." But that didn't mean he'd let her record stand uncontested.
For the next minute, Grohl sang a jaunty little ditty with no verses and a one-word chorus. We can't reprint the lyric here, but suffice to say he's knocked Adele from her foul-mouthed throne.
Warpaint are effortlessly cool
While Foo Fighters churned their way through a loud, barnraising set, over on the Park Stage American art-rock band Warpaint offered something refreshingly different. "Want to calm you down" crooned Emily Kokal on their downbeat 2016 track The Stall, and she certainly did. The all-female Los Angeles four-piece are so effortlessly cool that they're almost chilly, and their smooth set (available on BBC iPlayer) will send shivers down your spine.
The Jacksons struggle with major sound problems
Our Motown correspondent Alice Vincent writes:
"Turn it up! Turn it up!" And so rang out the cry of the enormous crowd at West Holts for The Jacksons, who were dishing up the hits, and somewhat downplayed choreography, of their youth. It was a shame: they were clearly delivering their all, with members adding instrumentals to the harmonies of classic Motown hits, but the lacklustre sound let the Jacksons down - and you couldn't help but think of Michael's absence as they belted out Want You Back.
Finally! Ils sont arrivés
At last, Gallic rockers Phoenix have arisen from the ashes of the darkened John Peel stage. They appeared out of nowhere, half an hour late, and leapt straight in to their new single J-Boy.
It's good news for anyone hoping for an alternative to Dave Grohl's beery rock. This is synth-pop for the many, not the Foo.
It seems they're having technical difficulties. "We brought all this s---, this doesn't work," said lead singer Thomas Mars, before adding gamely: "We don't need the lights!"
Stormzy review: 'this will go down in Glastonbury history' ★★★★★
Stormzy's thrilling Other Stage set broke important new ground for grime, writes our critic James Hall:
This is likely to go down in Glastonbury history as a landmark set. Stormzy's had one hell of a year. His album, Gang Signs & Prayer, was met with rave reviews and was the first grime album to go to number one. But this performance was arguably as significant, if not more so, in grime's ascent: in just over the space of an hour in a Somerset field, grime came of age.
It's The Pretender! And he's not pretending!
Dave Grohl has played The Pretender more times than you've had hot foo for dinner. After all, the 2007 single is one of the band's biggest and most enduring hits. But tonight, he still made it sound fresh.
All together now: "What if I say I'm not like the others?" (A little ironic, perhaps, when screamed in unison by a hundred thousand people.)
Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl is here, and he's lovely
Dave Grohl cares about being punctual. Taking the stage onstage alone, just a few minutes late, he strummed a guitar as he apologised to the heaving Pyramid Stage crowd for his tardy arrival.
"I'm about two years late tonight. I'm sorry. Traffic was a b----," the Foo Fighters frontman said. "Let me tell you something: for all of you who were here in 2015 [when Grohl cancelled his show due to an injury], I'm sorry I missed you.
"But I watched that show on my laptop as I was sitting in my wheelchair with a broken leg, and it looked beautiful. And my friend Florence [Welch, of Florence and the Machine] got to headline that year, and I'm very happy that happened, because you know what? I thought she should have been headlining anyway.
"And as I was sitting in my wheelchair watching the show on TV, all of a sudden she played a f------ Foo Fighters song... way better than we've ever played a Foo Fighters song. So I thought I'd better start the show tonight by singing that show back to Florence." And so he did, launching into 2003 single Times Like These.
Solange may be the best thing at Glastonbury
Solange performed a "faultless" set, according to our critic in the field Patrick Smith. It's a shame viewers at home couldn't catch the set (it wasn't streamed online), but it left festival-goers utterly astounded:
From the first chord of the gorgeous Cranes in the Sky, the thronging crowd were kneeling at the altar. Segueing from the bass-heavy Some Things Never Seem to F---img Work, produced by Hynes, to Mad, in which she dismantles the cliché of a black woman being angry, Solange was on point, unleashing the kind of melismatic runs that inspire the utmost awe.
Is that Hugh Grant, or an Angel in disguise?
Angel Olson might be wandering around Glastonbury today disguised as Hugh Grant. Why? Well, it all began in a bookshop...
"I met a woman at a book store in Notting Hill," the American singer told BBC Radio 6. "I said, do you have any masks here? It was Notting Hill, so she had a Julia Roberts one and a Hugh Grant one. Naturally, I went for the Hugh Grant one. So if you see a Hugh Grant wandering about, it's probably me."
Keep your eyes peeled, Glastonburgers.
The National were weird, ungainly – and beautiful
The National brought a poetic atmosphere to the Pyramid Stage tonight. Here's our critic Neil McCormick's verdict:
The National seemed an odd choice for second on the bill on the Pyramid stage. The cerebral Cincinnati alt rock band are almost the definition of an acquired taste, though a lot of people seem to have acquired it. They are the kind of band who take time to draw you into their world before exploding out into yours. “We’re going to play some new songs” are usually famous last words at a festival, but their beautiful, weird, intense, ungainly, poetic drama proved a very welcome palliative between the brash singalong pop of Katy Perry and the promise of brash singalong rock from Foo Fighters.
Dave Grohl planned to hire a lookalike leg-breaker
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl had briefly considered a quirky gimmick for his headline set tonight.
Speaking to BBC Radio 6 presenter Matt Everett, Grohl admitted he had toyed with the idea of hiring a lookalike stuntman to take the stage before him – and immediately fall over. It would have been an amusing nod to 2015, when Grohl's broken leg prevented him from playing at Glastonbury, but the planned gag was shelved.
Luckily, the former Nirvana drummer has avoided a similar injury this year, and will be rocking the Pyramid stage from 9.45pm.
The National just got political...
Matt Berninger of The National just told the crowd at the Pyramid Stage to call up a Republican senator and encourage him to reject Donald Trump's latest healthcare bill.
"This guy right here," Berninger said. "If you are from Ohio, call this guy Rob Portman, tell him your name and your zip code and that you don't like the health bill that they're trying to pass."
Berninger than pulled out his mobile phone and placed it in front of the stage cameras.
"He's a good guy, he's a Republican but he has backbone, integrity and character. He's got the chance to stop something that could hurt a lot of people this week."
Berninger then proceeded to read aloud the number for Portman's office, before launching into The National's song Bloodbuzz Ohio.
Also, no Solange for the BBC live stream
Bad news for anyone watching at home: if you were looking forward to Solange Knowles's set, you won't be able to catch it on iPlayer. The singer is one of several acts to have refused permission for the BBC to stream her show online, alongside Australian rockers The Avalanches.
Bored of The National? Try the deliciously funky Songhoy Blues
If you're watching at home and looking for a more upbeat alternative to moody Pyramid Stage headliners The National, perhaps switch over to iPlayer to catch Malian funk-punk outfit Songhoy Blues on the Park Stage (until 9pm). Their energy is irresistible, and the virtuosic solos will have you noodling along on your air-guitar.
The band were forced out of their home country in 2012 by jihadist group Ansar Dine. "We resist these people who want to ban music in Mali," they told the Park Stage crowd tonight. "You can't go on without music - music is the sound of life." From the cheers of approval, it sounded like Glastonbury agrees.
Katy Perry review: 'irrepressible, despite technical hiccups' ★★★★☆
"Katy Perry caused havoc among Pyramid Stage security staff by ending her set with a freewheeling crowd surf," writes an impressed Alice Vincent. "Perry's irrepressible energy prevailed during a performance that was marred by technical problems; the sound cut out repeatedly across the Pyramid Stage speakers." Read the full review
Liam Gallagher review: 'rubbing Noel's face in it' ★★★★☆
"Liam Gallagher's intense late-afternoon set on the Other Stage felt like an exercise in rubbing brother Noel's face in it," writes our critic James Hall. "Liam even finished with an acapella rendition of Don't Look Back in Anger, originally sung by Noel. This seemed like sibling rivalry played out in a very public way." Read the full review
'They were on Jamaican time': odd BBC apology for no-show Toots
BBC Four was scheduled to show highlights from Toots and the Maytals' set this evening, but the broadcaster was left in the lurch when the pioneering reggae band failed to turn up.
Sounding a little peeved, Mark Radcliffe apologised for the last-minute cancellation: "If you were expecting Toots and the Maytals – and, frankly, we all were – it seems like they were on Jamaican time or something because they didn't make it to the site on time."
"So, on their behalf, I apologise," the presenter continued. "But do you know what? It's a music festival. There are lots of other bands on." And with that, they cut to pre-recorded footage of a performance by the Kaiser Chiefs. All very odd.
'That blue flag with the x?" Katy's Caledonian gaffe
During her set, Katy Perry took a moment to cast an eye across the crowd: “I can see all of you!" she said, "Even that security guard in the neon, way in the back by that blue flag with the X.”
Fans have been quick to give the singer a lesson in vexillology, pointing out that the "blue flag with the X" is, in fact, the Saltire, the flag of Scotland.
British Sea Power polar-ise the audience
BBC Two viewers were just treated to a brief clip from British Sea Power's show on the Other Stage earlier this afternoon, where the band were upstaged by their furry backing-dancer, a rather grubby-looking polar bear. Reactions on social media were somewhat mixed.
Tove Lo performed topless on the John Peel stage
While most fans at home were distracted by Liam Gallagher and Katy Perry, viewers on the BBC's live stream of the John Peel Stage caught quite an eyeful from Tove Lo. The 29-year-old Swedish singer stripped off her gold jacket to perform topless – with just painted handprints to cover her breasts.
Don't Look Back in Anger was an emotional end to Liam's set
Dedicating the track to victims in the Manchester and London attacks, along with the Grenfell Tower tragedy, Liam Gallagher launched into an acoustic rendition of Don't Look Back in Anger, calling on the crowd to fill in the words and sing along. Even David Beckham seemed to join in, as best as he could in any case. "Look after each other and have lots of f------ fun," Gallagher yelled, before departing the stage.
Where are you, Toots?
Reggae veterans Toots and the Maytals didn't show up for their performance on the West Holts stage, leaving fans upset and disappointed., and reportedly prompting boos from the crowd. A Twitter account associated with the stage, @WestHoltsGlasto, tweeted an apology – but the tweet has since been deleted.
All eyes are on Katy Perry – but are the sound team awake?
Well, one large eye certainly is. The singer took to the Pyramid Stage wearing a sparkly jumpsuit decorated with an eyeball (a nod to the cover of her latest album Witness), surrounded by TV-headed backing dancers.
The visuals were certainly as sharp as ever, but according to our critic in the field Alice Vincent there were slight technical issues as she took the stage, with the sound repeatedly cutting out mid-song.
Liam Gallagher is the walrus (Goo goo g-joo)
Liam took the stage with a blazing rendition of Oasis's Rock N Roll Star, but first he quoted a few lines from the Beatles's I Am The Walrus: "I am he as you are he as you are me / And we are all together".
It's a lovely sentiment for Glastonbury, in keeping with the festival's communal spirit. Although we'd have liked to hear him introduce his set with the full lyrics to that song, from "We are the eggmen" to "Yellow matter custard / Dripping from a dead dog's eye".
Liam Gallagher loves Love Island, doesn't have Noel's mobile number, and might never return to Glastonbury
Liam Gallagher will be appearing on the Other Stage in just a few minutes, but the former Oasis frontman has been avoiding the other acts this year. Chatting to Radio 2's Jo Whiley this afternoon, he revealed that the only Glastonbury act he saw was Dizzee Rascal – whom he watched on TV, before switching over to reality show Love Island.
He also criticised his brother Noel for not coming to the One Love Manchester charity concert, to raise funds for the victims of the recent terrorist attack. "If he turned up there with this guitar, do you think they'd have sent him away?" he said. "He should have done it."
Liam is looking forward to his set this afternoon. ""This is my last chance to really do summat," he said, hinting that this could be his last Glastonbury appearance. "I'm proper, proper excited. I've done everything. I've prepared mentally for it, and physically for it... I've just been chilling, not been smoking, not been drinking."And how did he prepare mentally? "Well, I'm mental full stop."
A few highlights from their chat:
On stagefright: "People who get scared should go and work in a post office."
On the perfect length for a show: "Rock and roll gigs should be about an hour, and hour and a half at the max."
On why he probably won't return to Glastonbury (and Beady Eye's problems): "I wouldn't come again. Done Oasis, done Beady Eye - and that didn't really connect... it has to move people. In hindsight, we [he and his Beady Eye bandmates] probably should have had a break after Oasis."
On why he hasn't spoken to Noel lately: "I haven't got his number."
What disguise would he wear to mingle with Glastonbury festival-goers? "[I'd dress as] a nun. But I'd still get collared. I've got the walk, you know? I'd probably go rob Michael Eavis's house... I'd get in there and nick his expensive cutlery."
How has he spent the weekend? "I watched Dizzee Rascal from me room. And then I watched Love Island. I've had four years of doing nothing, and I've got to do something, so I've gone to the dark side – and Love Island it is."
Did Brad Pitt watched Corbyn's speech?
The NME reports that Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp were in the wings, watching Jeremy Corbyn's speech on the Pyramid Stage. The Hollywood stars were previously seen at country star Kris Kristofferson's Friday set. In case you missed Corbyn's speech, you can see it in full here:
Busted's set was a fun trip down memory lane
The pop-punk heartthrobs still have a legion of fans, as our reporter in the field Patrick Smith discovered:
Time was when Busted, the teeny pop-punk trio, were one the most popular bands in the UK, releasing two triple-platinum albums the space of just over 12 months. Then, right at the peak of their fame, pop punk's answer to Robert Pattinson, Charlie "the eyebrow" Simpson, decided he was too cool for school: he quit and redirected his efforts towards post-grunge act Fightstar. After a 12-year hiatus, though, Busted bounced back last November with a new album, Night Driver.
And judging by their appearance at the Avalon Stage, the triumvirate – who recently announced they'll be playing Royal Albert Hall in October – still have a massive following. Indeed, the crowds spilled way out of the tent, as Busted weaved their way through their hits, such as Air Hostess, as well as their newer, saccharine synth-led soft rock. It was an odd combination – like crossing Phil Collins with Sum 41. But as a lighthearted trip down memory lane, it did the job.
Glastonbury maths: "Stoner rap + bearded politics > Radiohead"
According to our chief music critic Neil McCormick, the odd pairing of Jeremy Corbyn and Run the Jewels generated at least as much buzz as last night's headliners. "Corbyn basically did his greatest hits. Radiohead could learn a lesson from him," he writes:
"The Pyramid stage hillside was absolutely crammed for Jeremy Corbyn and Run The Jewels, the combination of the British Labour leader and a stoner American rap outfit proving at least as big an attraction as Radiohead. The 'Oh Jeremy Corbyn' chant rippled up the hillside before he took the stage. He looked slightly abashed at first but made a barnstorming hippy speech essentially about remaking the world after the model of Glastonbury Festival. Without the mud or drugs presumably. "
A stylish Thundercat brought the funk to West Holts
With his purple hair and orange six-string bass, Thundercat was a blast of colour onstage. Our critic James Hall felt the groove:
If there was a prize for the best dressed performer at this year's Glastonbury, then Los Angeles-based producer-turned-solo artist Thundercat should win it hands down.
Thundercat – real name Stephen Bruner – took to the West Holts stage in a red beanie hat over his purple hair, a rainbow bleached gown, red shorts over skeleton leggings and white Birkenstocks. Over this, Bruner strung his orange 6-string bass high on his chest. He looked like the ruler of some beautiful exotic musical kingdom. He certainly received a king's welcome from the vast crowd at the West Holts stage.
But the 32-year-old's costume was nothing compared to his music, which is practically undefinable genre-wise. But if you were to imagine a sweet spot between freeform jazz, funk and soul, and – occasionally – drum and bass, you would be somewhere close.
Playing tracks from his album, Drunk, Bruner dazzled with his virtuosity. The songs became long jams, twisting and morphing in unexpected directions.
A Fan's Mail and Jethro were highlights. Thundercat, who had produced Kendrick Lamar, is a star in his own right.
Corbyn drew a huge crowd – but also met with boos
Our reporter at the Pyramid Stage, Alice Vincent, was surprised by the enormous audience for the Labour leader's short main-stage speech a mixture of departing Craig David fans, and arriving Corbynistas.
the crowd around the pyramid - "I haven't seen it like that since Adele's headline set," she says. "It was huge, headline-worthy size crowd, but there were also a lot of people leaving, who were booing Jeremy Corbyn and being quite rude about him," she adds.
Lord Buckethead pointed out one problem with Corbyn's speech
Lord Buckethead, the joke candidate who memorably stood against Theresa May in Maidenhead, spotted one ironic detail in Corbyn's speech. The Labour leader quoted a piece of graffiti he had seen about Donald Trump's proposed US-Mexico wall. And where was that graffiti written?
Corbyn gives a rabble-rousing speech, quotes Shelley, mocks Trump
After thanking Michael Eavis for the use of his farm, the Labour leader launched into a freewheeling and wide-ranging speech, mainly aimed at the young voters who were "fed up with being denigrated, fed up with being told they don't matter, fed up with being told they don't participate".
"That politics that got out of the box is not going back in any box," he continued.
While talking about the environment, he took a swipe at the US President: "We have to protect the planet. There is only one planet. Not even Donald Trump believes there is another planet somewhere else." He also urged the President to "build bridges, not walls".
He tackled the refugee crisis ("Let's stop the denigration of refugees," he said, "they are all human beings, just like all of us here today"), and social justice ("we need to challenge sexism in our society, and homophobia, and any form of discrimination that goes on").
Calling for "a world of human rights, peace, justice and democracy all over the planet," he recalled, misty-eyed, his childhood visits to Glastonbury. "I remember coming to this area as a child, being taken up to Glastonbury tor by my mum and dad, and thinking what a magical place it is."
He also called for more support for the arts, saying, "In every child there is a poem, in every child there is a painting, in every child there is music."
Corbyn may no longer be a child, but there's still a poem inside him - the MP for Islington North ended his speech by quoting the closing lines of Shelley's The Masque of Anarchy (the source of his election slogan):
"Rise, like lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number!
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you:
Ye are many—they are few!"
Corbyn's Glasto-takeover continues
You'll have to work hard to avoid Jeremy C at Glastonbury this afternoon. Not only is he introducing Run the Jewels on the Pyramid Stage, and speaking in the aptly named Left Field, but the Labour Leader will now also be appearing (live-streamed) on the Other Stage, just before the Kaiser Chiefs set at 4.15pm.
Oh how times have changed for Craig David
Craig David's comeback in the last few years from pop has been to Pyramid Stage healdiner has been remarkable. A true Craig-naissance.
Alice Vincent is right in the thick of it:
The crowd here is ridiculous. If you had said, even 12 months ago, that Craig David would be entertaining 80,000 people on the Pyramid Stage, very few people would have believed you. But, just as the UK left Europe a year ago today proved, remarkable things can happen. Needless to say, David's proving a somewhat more lighthearted surprise.
The Amazons impressed
Alice Vincent reported from the John Peel stage:
The moody skies above Glastonbury crept into the John Peel stage this afternoon with The Amazons, one of the year's most swiftly ascending bands, and their heart-juddering rock. Frontman Matt Thomson's vocals didn't quite have the polished power that we can expect from Dave Grohl later but from opening number Stay With Me these BBC Sound of 2017-tipped rockers from Reading delivered a punchy set that was devoured by a crowd in fine voice.
Jools Holland is going down a treat
The Rhythm & Blues legend and his orchestra look at ease as the first act to take to the Pyramid Stage, and their jaunty rendition of "Enjoy Yourself" is the perfect antidote to the slightly gloomy weather. They're beginning to draw in a decent, enthusiastic (mostly middle aged) crowd to warm up the main stage for the rest of the afternoon. As always, the musicianship is superlative, with astounding solos delivered with non chalance.
Busted play secret set
Alice Vincent was lucky enough to catch the Noughties throwback band's warm up set. Sadly, they seemed a little underwhelmed by Glastonbury:
Busted are due to make their Glastonbury debut at the Avalon Stage this afternoon but they warmed up with a short secret set. "We're only up against Jeremy Corbyn," guitarist Matt Willis told the small audience, "so we imagine it will be a very blue audience." Perhaps it was just nerves, but the Brit Award-winning pop-punk trio didn't seem overly excited to be at Worthy Farm. Perhaps, after this morning's rain, Year 3000's predictions about living under water felt a little close to home.
Whitney impress as always
Patrick Smith went along to the Other Stage to see Whitney:
“This song is going to feel like a warm hug,” Whitney’s drummer and vocalist Julien Ehrlich said as he introduced break-up song Golden Days. With temperatures having dropped, and rain punctuating their set on the Other Stage, this proved to be just the tonic. Blending folk, country and soul, the seven-piece from Chicago wrestle with issues such as depression, but mask the lyrics with infectious, sun-drenched harmonies that feel very late Sixties/early Seventies (think The Byrds). Anchoring it all is Ehrlich’s winsome falsetto, which here occasionally felt shrill. I've seen Whitney a few times and they've always impressed me – it was just a shame the sun wasn't out for them today.
Dizzee Rascal reckons he should be headlining Glastonbury
The UK Grime artist has lambasted festival organisers for not celebrating British rap artists.
"I'm basically at the stage where they need to have me headline this thing. Because they've had no British rappers headline this festival," he told the BBC.
Rebecca Hawkes and Alice Vincent offer their analysis.
Bootleg Beatles pay a fun tribute to Sgt Pepper on the Pyramid Stage
Here's the Telegraph's James Hall to tell us more:
If you're going to put a covers band on the most famous festival stage in the world, it could only really be the Bootleg Beatles.
They opened day two of Glastonbury on the Pyramid Stage by playing Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, accompanied by the Pepperland Sinfonia.
It was a fun tribute to one the best albums of all time on the 50th anniversary of its release. It was, of course, pure pantomime. But under drizzling rain and after Radiohead's more-serious-than-serious headline slot last night, the levity was welcome.
The musicianship was first class. And the band actually look and sound like their characters (but was that a prosthetic nose that 'Ringo' was wearing?). We got more than just Sgt Pepper. Strawberry Fields Forever, I Am The Walrus, Penny Lane and Hello, Goodbye were crowd-pleasers.
'Paul' dedicated When I'm Sixty-Four to all the "senior" people in the crowd. And for four minutes, the Pyramid field became like a Saga away day. Not very rock 'n' roll, but it was a softly affecting moment.
"We've got to go now. It's nearly 1968, you see," deadpanned 'John'.
They ended with All You Need is Love. Cobwebs were firmly blown away. You can't really go wrong with the Beatles for breakfast.
When will Jeremy Corbyn be appearing at Glastonbury?
He's turned into something of a festival phenomenon... without even picking up a guitar. Chants of "oh Jeremy Corbyn" have been reverberating across Worthy Farm since Wednesday, and later today at 4.30pm, the man himself will take to Left Field.
Corbyn will also make a sneaky appearance on the Pyramid Stage. Don't worry, he's not singing, he'll be introducing rap duo Run the Jewels
Things are finally cooling down on the farm
After a stifling few days across the country, festival goers were bearing the brunt of the hot weather in their stuffy tents. Good news, though, as the Telegraph's Alice Vincent reports that the weather has finally broken:
Rain started to fall in the early hours of Saturday morning, finally breaking the days of hot, stuffy heat that remain one of the major talking points on site. This morning felt fresher and the grass underfoot was wet. Not an entirely bad thing, though, as winds whipped over Glastonbury's more extreme edges yesterday you could be forgiven for thinking that this was Coachella, not Somerset, for all the dust clouds.