Tuesday 21 November 2017

Storming Stones set lays down marker for Mumfords

Lauren Turner

MUMFORD & Sons will tonight be following one of the most historic performances ever seen at Glastonbury, after the Rolling Stones stormed their way through a glittering two-hour set.

Mick Jagger and his band did not disappoint the 130,000-strong crowd in their eagerly-awaited debut at Britain's biggest festival.


Prince Harry was among the celebrity fans who watched as the veteran band took to the Pyramid stage with fireworks flaring from both sides.


But tonight it will be Mumford & Sons who will be given a "heroes' welcome" by festival goers, Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis said.

Mick Jagger (centre), Keith Richards (right) and Ronnie Wood (left) from the Rolling Stones perform on the Pyramid Stage
Mick Jagger (centre), Keith Richards (right) and Ronnie Wood (left) from the Rolling Stones perform on the Pyramid Stage
the Rolling Stones perform on the Pyramid Stage during Glastonbury
Mick Jagger from the Rolling Stones performs on the Pyramid Stage


The folk rocker's bassist Ted Dwane was taken to hospital with a blood clot on his brain earlier this month but has made a full recovery.


The British band will officially bring the festival to an end before the clean-up operation begins once campers leave the Worthy Farm site tomorrow.


Sir Bruce Forsyth will also be playing on the Avalon Stage in the afternoon and has promised fans there will be singing and dancing.


Another veteran star to appear is Kenny Rogers, who will be entertaining crowds on the Pyramid Stage with The Gambler in the middle of the afternoon.


Last night, the Rolling Stones were introduced to the stage with the words of festival organiser Michael Eavis, who said in a recording boomed out to the masses: "We've waited a long time for the Stones to play. For them to be here is brilliant."


He is said to have tried to secure the gig for years.


Sir Mick, wearing a green glittered jacket, then bounded into view to launch into an energetic version of Jumping Jack Flash.


Before going into It's Only Rock And Roll But I Like It, Sir Mick told the thousands of festival goers: "How are you feeling? You feeling alright?


"It's great to be at Glastonbury!".


A giant mechanical phoenix that had been perched on top of the stage since the start of the festival reared into life when the opening chords of Sympathy For The Devil began.


Fire burst out of the top of the pyramid as Sir Mick sang and danced around the stage, wearing a dramatic black ostrich feather coat especially for the number.


Tossing it aside, he then thrilled the crowds with Start Me Up.


He told his fans: "This is great. I want to tell you something - it's great to be doing this show, doing this festival. You all look amazing."


He then jokingly added: "After all these years, they finally got around to asking us. Thank you Michael."


Anticipation had built in the hours before the gig began, with the crowds breaking into impromptu singalongs of Stones classics and chants of "woo woo".


Banners were held aloft by fans young and old, one reading "Satisfied" and another of the Stones' lips logo.


It took 90 minutes to build the set, with the band said to have wanted time to ensure the best possible sound quality.


An hour of the show was broadcast to fans at home but the lucky 135,000 ticket holders enjoyed the full two hours set.


Celebrities including Kate Moss and husband Jamie Hince, Stella McCartney, Wayne and Colleen Rooney and Lily Cole were among those in the audience of thousands in front of the Pyramid Stage.


Prince Harry was also seen backstage, while his rumoured girlfriend Cressida Bonas was pictured earlier in the day.


Mr Eavis told The BBC he had bumped into Prince Harry on Saturday "and I recommended he stay the night".


There was alternative entertainment, from Public Enemy and Chase & Status, but it seemed from the size of the crowd that everyone had decided to see the Stones.


Those who did were treated to a brand new song called Glastonbury Girl, a folky number that made references to tepees, and fellow Pyramid Stage performers Primal Scream, and contained the line: "Waiting for a girl - she took all my ecstasy."


Sir Mick, who had told fans he intended to bring his wellies and his yurt when the band were announced as headliners, said he had indeed been sampling the delights of Glastonbury Festival - including late night clubbing area Shangri-La.


He said: "Are we doing alright? We came here last night.


"I went around and had a wonderful time. I went to Shangri-La. I saw the Arctic Monkeys.


"I couldn't get up the tower - the queue was too long.


"But I did see a few people. I did this song for a girl I met."


The band then segued into Wild Horses, with thousands singing along to the chorus, followed by last year's release Doom And Gloom.


Model Cara Delevingne decided she was not happy watching from the ground and climbed up scaffolding at an Oxfam stall at the side of the field.


Wearing a Stones t-shirt, dark glasses and a baseball cap, she ignored her friends' warnings not to mount the stand, and called out: "I can see now."


She stayed up there for two songs including Honky Tonk Women, before clambering down.


Keith Richards took centre stage next while Sir Mick, who took off his sparkly jacket to reveal a black shirt, briefly stepped out of the limelight.


He launched into Happy after saying: "How are you all doing? You've been out in the sun all day - it's a rarity."


Guest musicians included Mick Taylor.

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