Friday 24 November 2017

Jess Glynne dazzles at Glastonbury after missing out last year

Matt Bellamy of Muse performing at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset
Matt Bellamy of Muse performing at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset
Damon Albarn told the crowd 'democracy has failed us' on the day Britain voted to leave the EU

Helen Pye

Jess Glynne finally made her debut on the Glastonbury stage after having to cancel her previous year's performance.

The Right Here singer dazzled in an emerald green sequined suit that caught the first sun of the day after heavy downpours had left festival goers spending most of the afternoon searching for shelter.

Glynne had been due to perform at the festival in 2015 but cancelled because she needed surgery on her vocal chords.

"Last year I had to cancel Glasto, it was really sad, but I definitely don't think I was meant to be standing on the stage last year. In the past year a lot's happened and I'm very grateful," she said, thanking fans for buying her records.

Running through an energetic roster of hits that kept the packed Pyramid field dancing, Glynne screamed: "I'm here to bring love and happiness because the weather is so awfully shitty."

Blur frontman Damon Albarn had perhaps tempted fate when he came on stage with the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians to officially kick off the festival on the Pyramid Stage at 11am.

Skepta performs on the Pyramid Stage
Skepta performs on the Pyramid Stage
Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers perfroms on The Other Stage

After decrying that "democracy has failed us" on the day Britain voted to leave the EU, he told the crowd: "So here we are, Friday. Reasons to be cheerful: it's not raining."

After a poignant tribute to MP Jo Cox and a raucous fan-organised singalong in David Bowie's memory on Thursday, Glastonbury continues to honour those who died this year.

Later on in the night Hot Chip will remember singer Prince in an hour-long DJ set.

In neighbouring NYC Downlow, New York DJ Roger Sanchez will lead a two-hour tribute to the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting.

Muse take the first headline slot of the festival on the Pyramid Stage.

ZZ Top kept the crowd singing along with fan favourites including Foxy Lady, Tush and I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide.

Many fans attended the set at the Pyramid Stage in long fake beards, a tribute to the band's two front-men Dusty Hill and Billy Gibbons and their trademark facial hair.

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