The vibrant atmosphere of Glastonbury Festival was in full swing on Saturday, captivating festival-goers with an impressive line-up that showcased a diverse range of musical talent. From indie rock to hip-hop and everything in between, the day offered an exhilarating mix of performances that left a lasting impression on the enthusiastic crowds.
One of the standout acts of the day was The Lathums at The Other Stage, who took to the stage with an infectious energy that had the audience hooked from the first note. Their melodic indie rock sound resonated beautifully across the fields, and their heartfelt lyrics struck a chord with many. The Wigan based band delivered a classy performance affirmed why they have two number one albums and have built such a strong fan base in recent years. They delivered a set that championed songs new and old, with frontman Alex constantly referencing just how lucky he felt to be playing at such an iconic festival.
Loyle Carner headlined the Other Stage bringing his unique blend of introspective lyricism and Glastonbury, captivating the crowd with his ever-captivating stage presence. His thought-provoking and personal songs resonated deeply, and he effortlessly commanded the stage, engaging the audience with every word. He had the audience in the palm of his heads, with a performance that felt wholeheartedly cathartic. He lay it all out on stage referencing how the birth of his son, the strength of his mother, and forgiving his father had made him the artist he is today. Whilst he has consistently delivered at the festival in previous years, this year felt like his most mature performance. He rejoiced. singing the tracks so many of the audience have embedded into the fabric of their lives.
Ezra Collective brought their unique fusion of jazz, afrobeat, and hip-hop to Glastonbury, delivering a mesmerizing performance that transported the audience into sheer euphoria. Their mission for the show was to bring joy to their audience, which they certainly achieved. reminding listeners of how It was arguably the highlight of the day, with a performance that almost instantly won over the masses. Along with their intricate musicianship and infectious rhythms, were met with words of affirmation that championed self-worth. The ever-growing crowd was visibly touched, with some tearing up at points of the set.
Shame, known for their explosive live shows, unleashed their raw energy on the Glastonbury stage, leaving a lasting impact on all who witnessed their set. With their punk-infused sound and magnetic stage presence, the band created an electrifying atmosphere, inciting a frenzy of mosh pits and crowd surfing. Shame’s performance was an absolute riot, showcasing their rebellious spirit and cementing their reputation as one of the most exciting live acts around. ‘One Rizla’ was without a doubt the best track they played that night. Shortly afterwards Rick Astley made a surprise appearance with Blossoms at the Woodies stage, reciting classic Smiths tunes that were blared out by thousands of revellers.
Central Cee brought the sounds of UK drill to Glastonbury, captivating the audience with his sharp delivery and infectious beats. His confident stage presence and undeniable charisma had the crowd moving to every beat, creating an electrifying atmosphere. Central Cee’s performance was a testament to the rising influence of drill music, and he undoubtedly left his mark on the festival. Dave hallowed the stage, joining Central Cee for one track.
Lizzo, the queen of self-love and empowerment, delivered a show-stopping performance that was equal parts energetic, uplifting, and awe-inspiring. With her powerhouse vocals, infectious personality, and captivating stage presence, Lizzo had the entire audience dancing and singing along to hits like ‘Good as Hell’ and ‘Truth Hurts’. Her message of self-acceptance and body positivity resonated deeply with the crowd. The only disappointment was that she didn’t headline the festival, which this year was all-male for headline slots.
Lana Del Rey was half an hour late to the Glastonbury stage, meaning her set was cut short on the hour mark. She powered on with her ever-ethereal presence and hauntingly beautiful voice. Her dreamy melodies and poetic lyrics swept over the audience, creating an atmosphere of serenity and introspection. Lana Del Rey’s performance was a captivating journey through her discography, showcasing her artistry and leaving the audience in awe. As is well documented, the set was cut short which Lana and fans were clearly devastated by. She pleaded with crew and staff to continue, but her plea came to no avail. Despite the mic and screens being switched off the audience belted out Video Games as she left the stage.
Words: Josh Crowe