Liam Gallagher, Thundercat – and a certain Labour party leader as warm-up man for Run the Jewels. Share the action with us from Saturday daytime at the festival
Our photographer David Levene was on stage with Corbyn as he addressed the masses. Check out that crowd!
Before Corbyn came on, a video played to the crowds featuring socialist and peace campaigner EP Thompson, himself addressing the Glastonbury crowds in the 1980s. Left-wing Twitter went into kissy-eye emoji mode:
Shout for the great EP Thompson by Corbyn - love it. #Glastonbury2017
EP Thompson getting namechecked at Glasto, what a time to be alive
There have been some pretty mega Pyramid stage crowds in the past – the Rolling Stones in 2013 often thought of as the daddy of them all – and by all accounts Corbyn was up there with them.
Tens of thousands gathered to watch Corbyn in the mid afternoon, a crowd of the size typically reserved for Glastonbury headliners. Almost all watching were fans; many wore T-shirts bearing his face or name, and there were banners of appreciation in the crowds.
Our reporter Lisa O’Carroll was canvassing opinion from Corbyn fans after his rousing speech:
Martin Worsnip, 25: "I was more excited about Corbyn than any else this weekend. He was inspiring,I joined the Labour Party because of him" pic.twitter.com/Tx6aghF1c1
Cameron Quinn, 24, "he's the only politician who actually tells truth. I drove hour and half to Tory stronghold just to give hm 1 more vote" pic.twitter.com/dTjeH0RXnR
He makes a final appeal to equality, and an end to the division in wealth and poverty. “We’re doing things differently, we’re doing things better!” He says he finds the “unlocking of potential” is inspirational.
Rise like lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number,
“In every child there is a poem, a painting, music,” he says. “I want all our children to be inspired, to have the write to write music, and poetry and paint in the way they want. This festival gives that chance and opportunity... I’m proud to be here for that.”
“We’re demanding something very different in our society and our lives. Is it right that so many people in our country have no home to live in and only a street to sleep on? ... Is it right that so many people live in povery in a society surrounded by such riches?” He touches on Grenfell tragedy, and argues that EU citizens should be “part of our world”
“The elites got it wrong!” he says of the election result. “Politics is about the lives of all of us, and the wonderful campaign that I was involved in... brought a lot of people back into politics because they believed there was something on offer for them. But what was even more inspiring was the number of young people who got involved for the very first time... they are fed up with being denigrated... and being told that their generation was going to pay more to get less.”
Corbyn’s here! He says Michael Eavis brought the “spirit of love” to Glastonbury – and makes a dig at Donald Trump, highlighting a poster that says Build Bridges, Not Walls.
When Craig David performs The Rise And Fall – a sombre, Sting-assisted meditation on the vacillations of fame from his second album Slicker Than Your Average – he prefaces it with a heartfelt speech about the ups and downs of his own career. But it seems unlikely that, even at his most optimistic, he would have imagined that his comeback would pan out like this: the crowd gathered for him at the Pyramid Stage is enormous – considerably larger than the one assembled for Radiohead last night.
Corbs is getting ready for his big Pyramid stage appearance by getting on the lash:
Jeremy Corbyn pulling a pint at Glastonbury is the best thing ever pic.twitter.com/26VQ2DVyzu
We’ve overheard Ed Balls saying how much he loved Clean Bandit last night! Here they are on site, looking a bit like sex cultists from the future:
Shaggy’s hit It Wasn’t Me remains weirdly inspirational for its none-so-brazen attitude towards lying about infidelity.
No mucking about with cosmic bass lord Thundercat: the set begins with a 20 minute two song segment dedicated to his cat Turbo Tron and largely consists of tangential wonky bass solos and ‘meow’ choruses.
Corbyn is such an attraction that the Kaiser Chiefs are going to be screening his talk during their own set:
James Coke has been asking more of the disabled festivalgoers about their experiences here. Next up is Margaret Heyes from Abergele in north Wales.
I’ve got sciatic rheumatoid arthritis, which is very painful, and I’ve also got spondylosis of the spine and can’t bend. The guys here, you can rent a scooter from, and the people are very helpful. If you get stuck or anything they will come and help you.
I have to have a high bed as I can’t get on the floor but I like camping here. I come to Glastonbury every year and have been seven times now. The campsite here this year is an awful lot better than it was; the showers and pathways have improved a lot although they could do with a few less tents so you can get in between them a bit, but I suppose that’s how they like it. It’s a bit overcrowded but I enjoy it. My best ever Glastonbury moment was Dolly Parton in 2014 – she was amazing.
Charli XCX has been making friends after her tip top set yesterday:
She’s cute as buttons but her words will CUT YOU: it’s our eight-year-old child music reviewer Z. Here’s what she made of Lorde’s set yesterday:
10/10. My mum and I really like Lorde because she’s a New Zealander like my mum - there were lots of Kiwi flags and Lorde said thanks for bringing them. I liked Liability the best when she was sitting on the edge of the stage. Her dancing was really unusual. The only thing was that Daddy made us leave early to see Radiohead - boo!
6/10. It was loud and funky but they’re not as good as Katy Perry, Little Mix or Justin Timberlake. They had one guitarist too many. I actually fell asleep in the middle but the song at the end [Vapour Trail] made me dance with my dad so that made me happy.
We live in a corrupted era of not knowing what’s real, what’s leaked, and what’s a mere smokescreen from our lizard overlords. We’re also at Glastonbury, where rumours fly around like wildfire – people rumoured to be playing include Lady Gaga, Diana Ross and Harry Styles, hopefully together in some deranged Supremes redux.
So in the spirit of the age, Gwilym Mumford has been going round asking people what they’ve been hearing on the fake news grapevine.
Phoenix are cooler than you and are closing out the Other stage today. A message from them:
Oh what a beautiful morning oh what a beautiful day I got a beautiful feeling Glastonbury I'm on my way as you were LG x
The absolute boy has arrived:
Jeremy Corbyn getting the train up to Glastonbury like a normal guy... when the fuck can we get this man to be our Prime Minister!? pic.twitter.com/GDtzdk2U8h
While you were moaning about the walk to Shangri-La, our mobility-impaired reporter James Coke was bossing it all over the place in his all-terrain wheelchair. Here’s his roundup of yesterday’s action:
What a first day – you are so spoiled for choice from the 100 stages dotted all over the site. Checked out Nothing But Thieves on the Other stage, and later watched Royal Blood from one of the disabled viewing platforms where you are packed in tight but have a perfect vista. The drum and bass combo had to be my highlight of the day – awesome stuff!
Getting around is proving to be a strain even on the mountain trike, so to iron out the bumps and give my carer Grant a break pushing me up those hills, I might hire a mobility scooter on Saturday, which are available for hire in the disabled field where we are camping. The hire charge is a bit steep, just like some of the hills here, though it should be a sound investment.
In case you missed it last night, we bagged an exclusive interview with laser salesman and intergalactic antagonist Lord Buckethead, who famously ran against Theresa May in her constituency in the general election. He introduced Sleaford Mods on stage yesterday, and Nadia Khomami had a sit down with him afterwards.
Two more in our People of Glastonbury portrait series here, where we show off the wonderful cross-section of humanity at the festival. Next up: Gill Pitch and David Esson.
“How’s it going Miami?!” grins Whitney’s vocalist and drummer Julien Ehrlich at the damp crowd congregated around the Other stage. The real question, however, is if the irreverent Chicagoan indie lads can lift the rain-drizzled audience’s sodden spirits.
My own highlight of last night was queer US rapper Mykki Blanco performing Hey Big Spender in full drag in gay nightclub NYC Downlow, segueing into deep house from Harry Romero – fabulousness levels were off the charts.
Check out our Facebook Live video with Mykki from yesterday afternoon, interviewed by Kate Hutchinson:
Liam Gallagher is playing later on today, but bad news for anyone hoping for an Oasis reunion – when I interviewed Noel Gallagher on stage last night he gave me an emphatic “no comment”. But he was very forthcoming on lots of other things:
With shiny ribbons hanging off her jumpsuit and long hippie chick locks, Maryland folk-popster Maggie Rogers is perfectly aligned with the many glitter-covered Glasto revellers who’ve packed into the John Peel tent to see her (albeit maybe slightly with a bit less dirt on her). Her story so far – being spotted by Pharrell and garnering millions of YouTube views before bagging a major label deal – is far from uncommon, but what is unusual is her genuine modesty at the buzz that surrounds her.
Sad news ahead of Run the Jewels’ set today – Killer Mike’s mother has died. He posted this message on Instagram:
I'm doing this show today for U girl. "You gotta grind Michael. Don't let no nigga front u shit. Be a man". Your voice and those words Never ever leave me. I am haunted in the best way by your drive to not be a sucker for anyone. I love u girl. I miss u. I adore u. #MadonnaAndChild #NiecysBoy #MamaNiecy
Gwilym Mumford meanwhile was over on the Park stage watching the Flaming Lips:
Zorbing. A giant inflatable rainbow. Confetti. Absolutely tons of confetti. Whoever has to sort the Flaming Lips’ props deserves a raise. As you might expect their Park stage headline set was a migraine-inducing circus of colour and light, marshalled by gonzo ringmaster Wayne Coyne.
While Radiohead were dividing fans on the Pyramid with a setlist stocked with deep cuts, the Lips delivered a set that delivered hit after hit, from Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1 to She Don’t Use Jelly. Recognising Glasto’s longstanding relationship with David Bowie, the band even covered Space Oddity, featuring, of course, Coyne in his customary inflatable orb. “I hope this festival is here in 1,000 years,” Coyne said during a rousing closing sermon. As the confetti rained down and the wistful opening chords of Do You Realise burst forth, it was tempting to wish they would be there with it.
While Radiohead were helping 100,000-odd people mope as one over on the Pyramid stage, Hannah J Davies was having her frown turned emphatically upside down by Major Lazer, headlining the Other stage:
So popular is the sound of Major Lazer’s dancehall, house, R&B and reggae-flecked pop, and its many copycats, they feel like an easy target for snark. And their reliance on starry features meant that last night’s Bieber-less Cold Water or 2015 smash Lean On – also delivered without Danish singer Mø – did feel a little like someone’s summer Spotify playlist was playing over the Other Stage speakers.
And yet, Diplo, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire are magnetic on stage, commanding the crowd to throw their hands up so many times it does start to feel a little bit like an extreme workout vid. Dua Lipa joins them for slick collab My Love, while everything from Future to the Spice Girls to Usher is weaved into a set that jolts from their latest bangers right back to Get Free and Pon De Floor. Plus: flares, obscene amounts of purple smoke and Diplo rolling around in an inflatable ball. Major indeed.
First up, a few reviews from after the liveblog went to bed last night, starting with Dizzee Rascal. Kate Hutchinson was there:
As Radiohead gently wail over at the Pyramid stage, a rapper from Bow called Dizzee Rascal is drawing a humongous crowd with his all-strobing show at West Holts, his flow still as on fire as it was in the days when his debut album Boy In Da Corner won a Mercury music prize and put grime in the spotlight in 2003. He is wearing a T-shirt bearing the artwork for new album Raskit; it’s “delayed but it’s coming”, he says, and it gets an airing in the form of tracks that echo his grime roots while keeping his role as chart courting pop artist firmly in mind. “I ain’t never gonna lie, I want a piece of the pie,” he raps on one new track, as if to underline that.
One of the anthems that established him as grime’s greatest hope, I Luv U, gets an airing, next to the major drum breaks of Sirens, the zipping electro whomp of Bonkers and Fix Up Look Sharp, still perhaps his greatest tune to date; its pummelling bass could hype even the most weary of crowds.
Welcome back to our Glastonbury coverage! We’ll be liveblogging throughout a day where big pop hitters like Katy Perry and Craig David will attempt to kickstart a rather grey site, where grime heavyweights Wiley and Stormzy will go toe to toe, and where Liam Gallagher will probably say something unpleasant about his brother. There’ll also be some bloke called Jeremy Corbyn. Keep it, as they say, locked.Continue reading...