Glastonbury 2015: Jarvis Cocker urges Florence Welch not to break a leg

'You broke your foot at Coachella anyway, so what are the odds?'

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He stepped in last minute to perform one of the most memorable Glastonbury performances of all time – and now Jarvis Cocker has passed on his words of wisdom to Florence Welch.

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The Pulp frontman, who filled in for The Stone Roses when they cancelled their headline set in 1995, wrote in festival newspaper the Glastonbury Free Press that he could give Welch “useful tips on how to step into the shoes of a headline band that had to cancel their performance due to broken bones.”

His advice includes camping on site to “pick up the atmosphere of Glastonbury” before the band's Pyramid Stage set, and to bring a chair in case stage fright gets the better of her.

“In the hours immediately preceding our show, I became utterly convinced that I was going to have some kind of accident that would prevent me from being able to take the stage,” he said.


“I decided I needed to sit down to minimise the chance of injuring myself…do yourself a favour: bring something sturdy with you. (Maybe even a small throne?)”

He urged Welch not to be break her leg following Dave Grohl’s unfortunate stage accident earlier this month, and her own mishap at Coachella.

“Please DON’T break a leg. You broke your foot at Coachella anyway, so what are the odds? Please DO have a fantastic show.”

Speaking in The Guardian today, Florence Welch made a light-hearted reference to Foo Fighter lead singer Dave Grohl's leg injury and her own troubled love life.

“It's the broken hearts and broken limbs that led to Glastonbury,” she said. “It's a quite strange and quite cracked way to get there. Literally. If I'd had six months knowing that I was going to do this (headline slot), I think I would slowly have descended in to madness.”

Florence + The Machine were bumped up the Friday line-up after the Foo Fighters were forced to pull out of Glastonbury due to Dave Grohl’s fractured leg.

The Libertines are expected to fill Florence + The Machine’s previous supporting slot, but the replacement act has yet to be officially confirmed by festival organisers. 

Here's a reminder of just how good Pulp's 1995 headline set was: