Sunday 28 December 2014

Glastonbury: Lily Allen restarts music after lightning strikes plunge stages into darkness

Published 27/06/2014 | 20:13

British singer Lily Allen performs on the Pyramid Stage at Worthy Farm in Somerset, during the Glastonbury Festival June 27, 2014. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT)
British singer Lily Allen performs on the Pyramid Stage at Worthy Farm in Somerset, during the Glastonbury Festival. Reuters/Cathal McNaughton

Glastonbury Festival’s Pyramid Stage, and all outside stages, had their power cut off when thunder, lightning and hail stones struck during Rudimental’s set.

An announcer on the Pyramid Stage said: "We had to close down due to safety reasons".

One festival organiser said the closure is the biggest since 2005, the so-called "year of thunder".

Music restarted on the Pyramid Stage around 7pm.

Supermodel Jerry Hall brought an injection of glamour to Glastonbury today as she performed with her new band Paris-Texas And The Uke.

A year after her ex-husband Mick Jagger headlined the Pyramid Stage with the Rolling Stones, Hall played the tiny Spike stage within the festival's Glade area.

The striking blonde looked unsurprisingly mud-free as she performed in a black pencil skirt and white blouse alongside bandmate Jeanne Marine, also known as the partner of Bob Geldof.

Meanwhile the Other Stage was opened with a surprise performance by the Kaiser Chiefs, warming up ahead of their headline slot on the John Peel Stage tonight.

Lead singer Ricky Wilson performed an energetic set, with the enthusiastic crowd singing along to their hit Ruby.

The second act on the Pyramid Stage was American indie band the War On Drugs. They also attracted a large crowd who cheered loudly as the sun finally came out during a break in the rain.

Attracting a huge crowd to the Pyramid Stage later on were American hip hop trio De La Soul.

The vast area in front of the stage became a sea of people with hundreds holding colourful flags aloft underneath bright sunshine.

Following them were Rudimental who called for those watching them to climb on each other's shoulders and then later asked them to jump up and down to the music. But as they began their hit Waiting All Night the heavens opened and a thunder storm sent many running for cover.

Also proving popular with festival-goers was Holly Williams, the granddaughter of country troubadour Hank. She played the Acoustic Stage, finishing her set with a cover of her grandfather's songs.

American sisters Haim also went down a storm on the Other Stage. They told the crowd they had tweeted Mother Nature asking for good weather during their set, which was carried out in bright sunshine.

They sang their own version of Beyonce's XO in homage to her performance at Glastonbury in 2011.

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