Glastonbury Festival 2017: Radiohead proved divisive headliners on the Pyramid Stage - and appeared to mock Theresa May

Thom Yorke of Radiohead performs on day 2 of the Glastonbury Festival 2017
Thom Yorke of Radiohead performs on day 2 of the Glastonbury Festival 2017 Credit: Getty

Radiohead, Friday night's Pyramid Stage headliners at Glastonbury Festival 2017, were as amazing, mesmerising, dazzling, audacious, frustrating and rewarding as fans have come to expect them to be. They can lift an audience up, twist them around and drop them down again, not always where they might want to be. I don't think they played the set everyone would have wanted at Glastonbury but nonetheless they played the songs most would have wanted to hear, leaving the faithful buzzing and singing at the last. “For a minute there, I lost myself,” Thom Yorke sang at the end, over the closing notes of Karma Police, and I think everyone in front of the Pyramid stage felt exactly the same.

Read Neil McCormick's full review

Friday as it happened: 

Radiohead's 'indulgent' set proved so divisive, a fair few people left before it was over

The Telegraph's Patrick Smith reported at 11.15, a good half hour before the set was due to end, that the crowd was thinning out where he was - and that many of his friends had already left.

Thom Yorke of Radiohead performs on The Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival Credit: PA

Meanwhile, Alice Vincent writes:

Real shades of Kanye West's underwhelming headline set in 2015 here. People leaving in droves, those who are staying are sadly disappointed - this was meant to be a celebration, but Radiohead have delivered a challenging, verging on indulgent set where the expansive crowd have only been treated to a clear shot of Thom Yorke's face in the final 15 minutes. It's a real shame.


Radiohead (well, Thom Yorke) appears to mock Theresa May

Radiohead's Thom Yorke appeared to mock Prime Minister Theresa May during his band's Pyramid Stage performance at Glastonbury tonight, chanting the Tory election slogan "strong and stable" in what many have described as a "demented" manner towards the end of the song Myxomatosis.


Powerful facial topiary - or pretentious beard? Thom Yorke's facial hair is also leaving viewers split

Personally, we think Thom can do whatever he likes with his own face/facial hair.

Twitter, however, is more perturbed, choosing to interpret the singer's white-speckled beard as a sign of the relentless march of time, and a reminder that, ultimately, none of us are immortal.

It's a fun set.

Thom Yorke at Glastonbury 2017


Powerful visonaries - or pretentious bores? Radiohead leave viewers split (and a bit sleepy)

While the Glastonbury crowd caught on the BBC cameras seem to be loving tonight's headliners, viewers back home are experiencing more of a mixed reaction to the band's electic performance.

While some are praising the group's "sublime" creativity, others are just a bit...bored.


Lorde makes a bold and brilliant Glastonbury debut - review

Here's Alice Vincent on Lorde's Glastonbury debut:

Lorde performs on the Other Stage at Glastonbury Credit: Reuters

Lorde, real name Ella Yelich-O'Connor, wanted, with Melodrama, to cover the spectrum of emotions experienced at a house party, from the spiralling euphoria of dancing to a favourite song to the malaise that arrives while standing alone in an overly lit bathroom. And so she brought a dramatic approximation of such an affair to the Other Stage. The glass box slowly filled up with dancers, and then Lorde herself, as increasingly elaborate routines accompanied her unabashed musical report of what happened when she delved through the pulpy matter of her broken heart. 

At times this verged on amateur dramatics, which was a shame - it is a bold and brilliant thing to make one's Glastonbury debut with the gall Yelich-O'Connor deployed on Friday night. The same kind of creative vision, indeed, that resulted in the atypical construction of her comeback single Green Light. But instead of demonstrating the feeling that has won her acclaim at such a tender age, this staging was obtrusive; it prevented Yelich-O'Connor from connecting with her crowd. She was showing, not telling.

This changed with Liability, the most scorched ballad on Melodrama, for which Yelich-O'Connor swung her adidas Stan Smiths over the side of the stage and told the crowd about its inspiration: "That bottomless pit of misery that comes from knowing you're a massive loser". It was a beautiful confession, one that demonstrated the purity of her flawless vocals.

Read the full review


Noel Gallagher: Manchester rallying round Don't Look Back in Anger left me "f------ speechless"

James Hall reports:

Noel Gallagher has said that the way the city of Manchester co-opted the Oasis song Don't Look Back in Anger as a rallying cry in the wake of last month's terrorist attack left him lost for words. Gallagher was speaking before a screening of the Oasis documentary Supersonic in Glastonbury's William's Green tent. He said that when a minute's silence in Manchester following the attack was interrupted by a spontaneous rendition of the song, "for the first time in my life I was f------ speechless". The song was used as a defiant hymn following the bomb at a concert by Ariana Grande which killed 22 people. "The fact that people spontaneously rallied round that song is an incredible thing," he said. He added that he has no idea who the song's central character Sally is. "Who the f------ hell is Sally? I don't know anyone called Sally," he said. Gallagher's brother Liam, with whom he has fallen out, is playing at the festival tomorrow. Gallagher refused to comment on whether he would join him on stage.

Lord Buckethead makes surprise Glastonbury appearance to introduce Sleaford Mods

Patrick Smith reports:

Lord Buckethead, the caped crusader who caused plenty of amusement when he tried to unseat Theresa May from her Maidenhead seat at the recent General Election, made an appearance at Glastonbury Festival on Friday night to introduce Nottingham punk poets Sleaford Mods.

"Good evening Glastonbury! Are you having a good time?" the former aspiring MP began. "I am Lord Buckethead, intergalactic space lord."

Read the full story

Lord Buckethead at Glastonbury

Meanwhile, here's his take on the band themselves:

Providing an acerbic alternative to Lorde and Radiohead on the Park Stage were Nottingham punk poets Sleaford Mods. Having been introduced onstage by Lord Buckethead, the middle-aged duo entertained a modest crowd with their unique shtick: imagine the poetry of John Cooper Clarke mixed with The Streets, with enough bass to rock you to your spleen. Unleashing expletive-ridden diatribe after diatribe about life in modern Britain, Jason Williamson cut possibly the angriest man in Somerset. “England literally is a f---ing jobseeker,” he spat, as Andrew Fearn, in his baseball cap, pressed play on his laptop again. “Not my cup of tea,” one onlooker said, as she made for the Pyramid Stage. I loved it. 


Fans use phones to create sea of light as Lorde sings Liability

While ardent lorde fans will doubtless want to catch every minute of her fantasstic set, which is due to finish at 9.45pm, others have a decision to make: Radiohead, tonight's headline act, are already on the Pyramid Stage.

Fans watching Lorde at Glastonbury 2017


Elbow, review: there probably isn't a more 'Glastonbury' band in the world

Here's James Hall on the (not so) secret Elbow set from earlier tonight

Mancunian band Elbow were the surprise guests up on The Park stage. There probably isn't a more 'Glastonbury' band in the world: they specialise in communal singalongs, and in singer Guy Garvey have a man who gives his audiences a metaphorical bear hug with his every utterance.

"This place tops up your faith in humanity for another year doesn't it?," he told a crowd that included Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington and his girlfriend Rose 'You know nothing Jon Snow' Leslie.

From coaxing the multitude of flag-carriers to synchronise their waving, to asking people sitting way all up the hill to stand up on command, Garvey had the audience in the palm of his hand.

This year's single 'Magnificent, She Said' was a highlight. The Bones of You, Mirrorball, and Lippy Kids were as bruised and delicate as the sky above. 

"Have you got your Glastonbury on?," he asked. "Is this the best stage at the festival? Is this the best festival in the world?" Probably. 

Grounds for Divorce was unusually raucous. They ended with One Day Like This, the life-affirming anthem. Sometimes it feels like the band slightly go through the motions when they play this ubiquitous hymn to positivity. Not tonight. It was glorious.

Lorde's Other Stage performance is hailed as a triumph - but her staging leaves some fans baffled

While the young singer's idiosyncratic stage presence and perfect pop are winning her yet more comparisons to the likes of Kate Bush, some are bemused by the strange see-through box full of dancers incorporated into her stage set.


Guess which other Hollywood star was caught watching Kris Kristofferson earlier today?

Bradley Cooper might have introduced him to the stage...and Johnny Depp might have joined him on guitar - but 81-year-old music legend Kris Kristofferson managed to attract yet another big-name Hollywood star to his Glastonbury performance today.

Brad Pitt might have been trying to keep a low-profile, but was caught by the BBC cameras, enjoying the veteran artist's set - described by our critic Neil McCormick as "unbearably poignant" - from the side of the stage.

Brad Pitt watches Kris Kristofferson at Glatsonbury earlier today Credit: BBC


The xx, review

Here's Neil McCormick on The XX's phenomenal Pyramid stage set:

The xx offered a set of deep grooviness and understated moodiness in almost complete contrast to the full blooded rock roar of Royal Blood. Yet, in it's own way it was equally effective, the trios dubby DJ and guitar musical microbrew bringing chilled out bliss to sunset at the Pyramid stage. It's perfect twilight music. "This is so surreal that three childhood chums made it to the main stage at Glastonbury," admitted bassist Oliver Sim whilst guitarist  Romy Madley Croft smiled bashfully and DJ keyboard and computer wizard Jamie Smith mixed up more psychedelic magic. It couldn't have happened to a nicer band.

Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim of The xx performing on the Pyramid Stage Credit: PA


Will Katy Perry's Glastonbury 2017 performance be anywhere near as good as Halsey?

Here's James Hall on Halsey's fantastic Other stage set from earlier tonight:

American electropop singer Halsey set the bar ridiculously high for Katy Perry's Glastonbury debut tomorrow with her meaty, attitude-laden set of dirty pop on the Other Stage under late afternoon clouds.

Playing tracks from new album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, she brought a massive dollop of attitude to proceedings. From the moment pyrotechnics exploded from the front of the stage during first song, Gasoline, it was clear that the 22-year-old, New Jersey-born singer meant business. 

Wearing a leather sailor's hat over mermaid blue hair, her baggy jeans slung low, Halsey - real name Ashley Frangipane - prowled the stage in front of a three-piece backing band, all dressed in white on a flower-festooned riser.

She was here to party. "You look drunk and you look dirty, and that's good coz so am I," she hollered.

Halsey performing on the Other Stage at Glastonbury 2017 Credit: PA

Elbow revealed as surprise act on Park stage - as The XX deliver intense, dreamy Pyramid Stage set

It was all but confirmed earlier today - but yes, the "surprise" act performing on the Park Stage right now is Elbow.

Elbow on the Park Stage

Indie rockers the XX, meanwhile, are mesmerising the Pyramid Stage crowd with their distinctive sound.

Romy Madley Croft of The XX  Credit: BBC


Angel Olsen on the Park Stage, review: 

Here's Patrick Smith on the American singer-songwriter's set from earlier today:

Having threatened to all day, the sun partially broke through the clouds just as American singer-songwriter Angel Olsen arrived on the Park Stage accompanied by her grey-suited backing band. Championed by folk legend Bonnie Prince Billy, for whom she was once a backing singer, Olsen has a voice so spectral that it can get right under your skin. Here, in one of Glastonbury’s more intimate settings, it sounded great, ranging from a coquettish purr to an angsty snarl that somehow reverberates on itself. Despite admitting that she has a cold, the 30-year-old was in jovial spirits, joking about the state of the toilets and shouting repeatedly at the crowd that she “wants to be inside of you”. She also read a letter in which she opined “that life is so much vast than all your greatest struggles… But together we can make life a little less vast.”


At times, there was a touch too much guitar reverb, as Olsen mined tracks such as the languorous Sister from her three albums. But in all this was an engaging and melancholic set from a consummate performer.

Friday night clashes: Lorde or Radiohead? The XX or tonight's mystery act?

"The Friday night clashes are causing havoc on sight," reports Alice Vincent. "The timetabling collision of The XX and a secret set thought to be Elbow, before Lorde, Anderson Paak and Radiohead all play at the same time is leaving many totally spoilt for choice. In the meantime, the main arteries between the major stages are becoming clogged with people and excitement."

Lorde's Other Stage tonight set finishes at 9.45pm - 15 minutes after Radiohead are due to take to the Pyramid Stage.

Fans can't decide whether to catch all of Lorde's set - or skip the end to watch Radiohead instead


Kate Tempest drew reverent silence - and rapturous applause

Here's our writer Alice Vincent on Kate Tempest's West Holts stage set from earlier today:

It is only half way through Kate Tempest's set that I realise how quiet the sprawling, face-painted crowd at West Holts is. They only break into rapturous applause when the rapper-poet-novelist (and arguably millennial prophet for our times) pauses to draw breath, allowing her three-piece band to ravage the speakers with apocalyptic trip-hop. And with it, a rare smile cracks across Tempest's face - a glint of the sheer love that lies behind a passion that has had emir a politicised and poetic patter with captivating fury. 

Wayne Coyne, lead singer of the Flaming Lips, shows off his subtle festival style

 The band are due to perform at 10.45pm on the Park stage.


Kris Kristofferson verdict: an unbearably poignant performance

Here's our critic Neil McCormick (unlike us, he's actually at Glastonbury right now) on  Kristofferson's "quietly devastating" set:

Johnny Depp and Bradley Cooper added a welcome touch of movie star energy and glamour to Kris Kristofferson's Glastonbury set. Cooper introduced the country veteran, after himself being filmed miming guitar in front of the festival crowd for his forthcoming film A Star Is Born.

Glastonbury’s revellers proved willing unpaid extras, cheering and applauding even though there was no music to be heard over the PA. But they cheered even louder when Johnny Depp wandered on unannounced in flat cap and sunglasses, toting an acoustic guitar, to join Kristofferson on a couple of his most famous drinking songs, Sunday Morning Coming Down and Silver Tongued Devil.

Kris Kristofferson Credit: REUTERS

He looked suitably abashed when Kristofferson proclaimed it an honour to share the stage with him. Depp knows his Hollywood history well enough to understand on which side the honour really lay.

There was a time when Kristofferson was a leading man himself, a handsome, hard living superstar to put most contemporary icons to sham. Sadly, the incessant noisy chatter throughout his set from the festival crowd suggested his glory days have been forgotten by most. At 81, the grizzled old star is like an ancient cowboy character actor, contemplating the end credits.

He was joined for his last song by rising country star Margo Price in a white dress duetting Lord help Me Jesus, with Kristofferson bowing out on the line “Jesus, my soul is in your hands.”

I’m really not sure everyone on the Glastonbury hillside was paying much attention to the subtext but for this old country fan at least, Kristofferson’s set was quietly devastating.


 Read the full review

Royal Blood celebrate their number one album by cracking open a bottle of bubbly on stage

And spraying it everywhere, naturally.

Here's  our critic Neil on their impromptu celebration:

Royal Blood received the news onstage at Glastonbury that their latest album was number one in the charts. They took a mid-set break to quaff from a bottle of champagne "for the sake of rock n roll." Then they spat it out and got back to business. The two young men from Brighton are doing more than anyone else these days so keep rock relevant and thrilling for the digital pop generation. Their no 1 album How Did We Get So Dark is a monster and to witness them reproduce it's full blast sound live with just drums and a bass guitar is extraordinary. Breaking news from Glastonbury Festival: rock not dead shock.

Royal Blood go down a storm on the Pyramid stage

The Brighton-born duo, whose new album went to number one in the UK earlier today, are impressively loud and heavy, belting out their rousing hits - and infusing the early evening crowd with a welcome blast of energy.

Mike Kerr of Royal Blood Credit: BBC

We're also impressed by just how chilled drummer Ben Thatcher is. His sticks and hands might be moving furiously fast, as he drums up the band's fierce percussion - but expression-wise, he's spent most of the set looking remarkably calm.    

Ben Thatcher of Royal Blood Credit: BBC

All performances can be streamed live here via the BBC.

It wasn't just Depp, either: Bradley Cooper was also on stage with Kris

The actor, who is currently at Glastonbury to film scenes for the musical A Star is Born, which he is both acting in and directing, appeared on stage at the start of the set, ahead of Kristofferson.

“Thank you very much,” he told the audience. “You guys were awesome, that was great. It’s my sheer pleasure to introduce Kris Kristofferson.”


Here's Johnny!

Look who's just joined Kris Kristofferson on stage! Assisting on guitar duties for Kristofferson's The Silver Tongued Devil and I is none other than Johnny Depp.

Johnny Depp joins Kris Kristofferson on stage Credit: BBC/Screengrab
Credit: BBC/Screengrab

"What an honour to be on the same stage as you," Kristofferson just said. Depp previously joined Kristofferson on stage last year at an event celebrating the actor Harry Dean Stanton.

Royal Blood, Halsey and Kate Tempest are all up next...

Coming up in the next hour will be performances by Royal Blood (5.45 on the Pyramid Stage), Halsey (5.40 on the Other Stage), spoken word artist Kate Tempest (5.45 on the West Holts Stage) and Angel Olsen (6.00 on the Park Stage). Like always, all will be available to stream live at

Halsey, in between defending herself against a controversial interview from yesterday, has been busy tweeting her excitement.

Royal Blood have also just been alerted on site to the news that their album How Did We Get So Dark? has entered at Number One on the UK's official album chart, so it's good news all round for those guys.

Credit: The Official Charts Company

Look who is also here! It's a Beckham!

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David Beckham has made a surprise appearance alongside Michael Eavis on the fringes of the festival, planting a tree within a social housing development in the nearby village of Pilton.

"Believe it or not, I'm 42-years old and it is my first festival and first time here," he told a crowd of reporters, adding that his son Brooklyn was showing him the ropes.

Read Alice Vincent's full story here...

Look who's here!

Speaking of old men, Jon Snow has made his very first trip to Glastonbury! The Channel 4 one, not Kit Harington, who is also here, but not the one we're talking about now.

Of course, Snow may just be on site for a bit of journalism, but we've decided it's actually because he's a big Alt-J fan.

Is this the best flag of the festival?

It faces stiff competition from that Ainsley Harriott one flapping about in front of the Pyramid Stage, but many have already determined that this Theresa May-centric flag is the best of the festival so far. It is certainly art, in any case.

Kris Kristofferson is making his way to the stage...

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Exhausted by all those bouncy young'uns with their shiny faces and fully-operating hips? Good news! Kris Kristofferson is up next! The wonderfully grizzled actor and singer/songwriter hits the Pyramid Stage at 4.15, while other upcoming acts include Glass Animals (again??!!) at 5.20 on the Other Stage and Mark Lanegan at 5.30 on the Park Stage.

All performances can be streamed live here via the BBC

Review: warm melodies and occasional anger from a beguiling First Aid Kit

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Patrick Smith gives his verdict from the crowd...

To watch Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg is to fall deeply under a spell. The duo first came to the public’s attention in 2008 when a video of them covering Fleet Foxes’ Tiger Mountain Peasant surfaced on YouTube and won them a legion of fans. Almost a decade and three albums later, Johanna, 26, and Klara, 24, are still beguiling crowds with their honeyed brand of alt-country rock – as was the case over at the Pyramid Stage. Wearing matching floral dresses, they exchanged glances with each other constantly as if incredulous that so many people would come bathe in the warmth of their melodies. This is the third time that they've played Glastonbury and they did not disappoint, unfurling a beautifully languid set that took in hits such as The Lion’s Roar and King of the World, as well as a bouncy rendition of Kenny Rogers’s The Gambler.

There was anger, too, as Klara announced that the fiery You’re the Problem Here was written as a riposte to a case at Stanford University whereby a man only served six months for raping an unconscious woman. After that, though, merriness prevailed, with the gorgeous Emmylou, voted by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 10 best singles of 2012, greeted like a long lost relative. Marvellous to behold, First Aid Kit brought sunshine to Glastonbury even if the weather didn't.

Credit: Samir Hussein/Redferns

Celebrity sighting!

Kit Harington and Rose Leslie have been spotted looking as happy as ever. What jovial musical adventures they must have seen! What frivolity! What skinny jeans!

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"What's with that Oh, Jeremy Corbyn song?" you ask – luckily, we're here to help

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Ahead of Jeremy Corbyn's appearance at the festival tomorrow (because of course he is), Rupert Hawksley has helpfully explained just how he got his own theme song.

That chant, set to The White Stripes' 2003 hit Seven Nation Army, has been the unexpected soundtrack to the summer so far, catchier and more pervasive than anything Glastonbury headliner Ed Sheeran has released. At around 4.15pm tomorrow at the Pyramid Stage, as the 68-year-old Labour leader arrives to introduce US rappers Run the Jewels, it will be belted out by tens of thousands of festival-goers, some of whom might even have voted Labour.

Read the full story here...

Spotted in the crowd...

It wouldn't really be Glastonbury without festivalgoers going all out. Making sure all those flower-crown-sporting basics know what's what are these guys, two of whom have been discreetly captured in a presumably non-creepy way by our resident music critic Neil McCormick...

Go go Power Rangers #glastonbury

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Relax everybody, the lifeguards are here.

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If you've got to wear a suit to #glastonbury ...

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Anyone know where you can get that last one? Asking for a friend.

Coming up soon...

First Aid Kit are up next on the Pyramid Stage...

Playing Pyramid Stage at #glastonbury2017 in 15 minutes!!! 🇬🇧stream: 😱😍❤️

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...and Circa Waves are heading to the Other Stage at 3pm

Who's comin' to Glasto?? We'll see you on Friday at 3PM on the Other Stage! CAN'T WAIT 😎 📷 Anton Coene

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Both can be streamed live over at the BBC, or heard across BBC Radio.

Review: they have their critics, but Blossoms are keeping indie-pop alive and kicking

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Patrick Smith's verdict on the band, who just wrapped their Pyramid Stage set.

A five-piece from Stockport, Blossoms were the only guitar band to appear on the BBC’s Sound of 2016 poll. As a result, in some quarters, they've been labelled – with no shortage of hyperbole – as the “saviours of rock’n’roll”. They're not exactly. But they're not “catalogue band bollocks”, as Sleaford Mods’ Jason Williamson suggested on Twitter, either. Performing on the Pyramid Stage under grey skies, Blossoms drew in a huge crowd and immediately sparked a field-wide bop with the drums-driven At Most a Kiss, before cajoling their fans into a singalong with the catchy Blow. 

The eye of the band’s storm, Tom Ogden has a rough-edged baritone not too dissimilar to Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner, but the quintet generally trade in jubilant, glam pop-rock, relying heavily on Eighties synths, abstruse lyrics and swirling harmonies. As a formula, it's proved popular: they topped the charts last August with their self-titled debut album, and their lively 45-minute set here validated the decision to put them on at the Pyramid Stage (they played the Other Stage in the same time slot last year). 

“This is a big crowd,” said Ogden at one point. “This is mad.” Later, full of swagger, he led an entertaining mash-up of Babybird’s You’re Gorgeous, Oasis’s Half the World Away and Wham’s Last Christmas. "You've been the best audience we've ever had," he announced before the peppy Charlemagne. It was good to see indie music in rude health. 

Credit: Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage

Dua Lipa is waiting in the wings...

The BBC's live stream of the John Peel Stage is starting up shortly here, with Dua Lipa dua to perform. Rimshot, etc.

Stockport band Blossoms are currently playing the Pyramid Stage

Watch the BBC's live stream here, or listen into BBC Radio. Also available to stream right now are live performances from Nothing But Thieves, Margo Price and Otis Mensah.

Review: Charli XCX has just delivered an unsurprisingly energetic set

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Alice Vincent was on the ground to witness the hot pink spectacle...

Charli XCX inspired a frenzy among the field-filling crowd at the Other Stage with a beefed-up rendition of her hit with Iggy Azalea, Fancy. Impressively for a set so early on in the day, she left her mark on the stage with a Barbie pink backdrop and a shock of matching confetti which drifted in the air over to Silver Hayes, where she made her Glastonbury debut three years ago. "See you in Shangri-La!", she told the crowd. The bacchanalian after-hours area won't know what's hit it.

Credit: Samir Hussein/Redferns

Hacienda Classical kicked Friday off with a minute's silence

Peter Hook and Rowetta of The Happy Mondays led a one-minute silence this morning at the Pyramid Stage in memory of the lives lost in the Manchester bombing, the Grenfell Tower fire and the London Bridge attack. Moments prior, Hook read out a message on behalf of Glastonbury's higher-ups, Michael and Emily Eavis.

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"Good morning and welcome to Glastonbury," Hook told the crowd. "I've been very kindly asked by the Eavis family to lead this minute's silence, and could we please use it as a chance to send our hopes and our prayers for love, life and freedom – the things that we are here to celebrate.

"We send our sympathies to everyone effected by the events in London and Manchester, and everyone effected in Grenfell Tower."

Following the silence, Rowetta kicked off the show, saying: "You've got the love Glastonbury, now let's party."

Fans and security bow their heads during the minute's silence ahead of Friday's performances Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Review: The Pretenders delivered a fittingly crowd-pleasing Other Stage opener

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James Hall was in the crowd for a heartfelt, nostalgic show from Chrissie Hynde and co.

The Pretenders kicked things off on the Other Stage with a joyful greatest hits set in which Chrissie Hynde paid homage to Glastonbury legends. And on the strength of this performance, she took a step towards becoming one herself.

In front of a vast and ever-growing crowd, Hynde dedicated Night in My Veins to Joe Strummer. The former Clash singer, who died in 2002, adored this place so much there is an area of the site named after him. "If he's anywhere near this planet, he's here today," Hynde said.

Hymn to Her, dedicated to Michael and Emily Eavis, was gloriously delicate and hushed, while I'll Stand By You provoked a mass singalong. In a Motörhead t-shirt and tight blue jeans, Hynde strutted around the stage, at one point hooking her thumbs into her belt hooks and doing the 'Quo' dance. "I appreciate those wolf whistles," she said.

Taking in the view, she thanked Michael Eavis again for keeping Glastonbury going. "If only real life was like this," she said. Thousands agreed.

Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders kicks off Friday's sets at The Other Stage Credit: Harry Durrant/Getty Images

Hacienda Classical brought a blast of Nineties optimism to the stage earlier this morning

Neil McCormick was in the audience...

They play Acid House and Madchester rave hits of the 1980s and 1990s with the strings and horns fleshing out the original synth parts. When I saw them last year at the Royal Albert Hall I felt the orchestra was a bit of a gimmick almost completely overwhelmed by the electronic elements. But it all somehow made more sense over a giant PA under open skies in a field in Somerset.

Read the full review here

And Glastonbury's first secret set... are these people

Currently performing a secret set on the BBC Introducing stage are Glass Animals. We can only hope the other secret sets we've been promised will turn out to be a tad more exciting.

Charli XCX reportedly has no chill

The pop star hits the Other Stage at 12.25, and has taken her pre-performance excitement to Instagram...

Ahead of their return to the Pyramid stage tonight, Radiohead have spoken about their hellish headline set in 1997

Audiences would never have known, but Radiohead's set at the 1997 festival was a bit of a disaster. Let's hope tonight's set goes off without a hitch.

We were doing something that was like a dream, to play the Pyramid Stage on a Saturday night, it doesn’t get better than that. [But] to find yourself in a situation whereby it felt like we were in crisis mode, it was like 'This should be a heaven but was like a kind of hell'"

Read the whole story here

The Pretenders have opened up the Other Stage

Their set is currently viewable on the BBC live stream, and here's a little teaser of what they've been bringing so far...

Don't get me wrong #Pretenders

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Hacienda Classical is kicking off Friday's sets, with a few special guests on hand...

Here's a typically energetic Bez of The Happy Mondays crashing the stage.

Bez has arrived! #haciendaclassical #glastonbury #freakydancin #bez

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Ed Balls is one of the people; queues for his own shower

Who knew Ed Balls would be so oddly prolific in our Glastonbury coverage? In any case, here are some pictures of Balls and his wife Yvette Cooper waiting in line for the showers. We're here all day, folks.

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Credit: Paul Grover for the Telegraph

Following on from Ed Balls, Glastonbury fever has similarly struck another random C-list celebrity

James Hall saw it with his very own eyes:

Incongruous things happen at Glastonbury. Late last night legendary snooker player Steve Davis - famously derided for being boring - played a set of obscure techno up at the Crow's Nest, one of the site's more far-flung venues. And when I say obscure, I mean 'out there'. Although the crowd was at times as sparse as the beats Davis played, it was a fascinating musical journey. And certainly not boring.

Jeremy Corbyn isn't the only Labour Party rock star at Glastonbury this year:

We'll let our own Patrick Smith explain:

The celebrities for Strictly Come Dancing 2017 are soon to be unveiled, but one erstwhile contestant isn't in a hurry to let the glitterball go. Last night, en route to the Cinemarageddon stage, an ebullient Ed Balls was performing Gangnam Style on cue for excited festival-goers who spotted him in the crowd. The former shadow chancellor was there to watch actor Johnny Depp introduce his 2004 film The Libertine.

Festival to open with a one-minute silence

At 10.40am, the festival will open with a one-minute's silence in memory of all those affected by the terror attacks in London and Manchester. Easing festival-goers into the weekend nicely, the first performance on the Pyramid Stage (at 10.45pm) is by Hacienda Classical - a 70-piece orchestra and choir banging out 1990s rave hits.

Welcome to Day One of Glastonbury 2017

The festival hasn't properly begun yet, but the controversies have:  last night Johnny Depp introduced a screening of his film The Libertine by making an ill-advised Donald Trump assassination joke (basically, Depp wants to be the next John Wilkes Booth).

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But there was music too, courtesy of Circa Waves and Everything Everything. and Telegraph rock critic Neil McCormick was (sort of) in the Williams Green field to witness it:

Thursday night may actually be the ideal Glastonbury night. The festival hasn't officially got started but nobody seems to have told the festival goers. Huge crowds of merry revellers gather wherever there is a hint of amplification, the throb of a bass in a dance marquee, the slap of an echoing drum machine from a fast food stall.

With no headliners to focus attention, the crowd becomes its own focus. Spangles, bangles, florid makeup, funny hats, the giddy sense of release through fancy dress that arises from any costume ball, Glastonbury being the biggest costume ball in the land. By short lived tradition the Williams Green field hosts some surprise early sets.

This year it was the turn of fierce indie rock band Circa Waves and dashing Manchester art rockers Everything Everything to play in a marquee where the crowd surrounding the tent vastly outnumbered the audience within. I am prepared to believe that they were indeed in there, rocking their hearts out. But since I couldn't actually get close enough to see or hear for myself, all I can genuinely attest to is that the crowd itself looked magnificent and proved in giddily high spirits. I have heard it said (indeed I've said it myself) that all live music is more about the audience than the musicians. On Thursday nights at Glastonbury, this is literally the case.