Glastonbury 2014: Kaiser Chiefs kick off with surprise set on The Other Stage
A 'frantic start' to the musical extravaganza
Sticking two fingers up at the sky the band’s front man Ricky Wilson dived out into the crowd to get the three-day festival of music off to a frantic start. As he charged up and down the stage to “I Predict a Riot” security had to hold him back before he called the crowd to help him banish the rain, which has been coming down in sharp bursts since Thursday afternoon.
The Other Stage seemed near capacity with mud-splattered festival goers eager for distraction from the rain, before the clouds broke briefly and Kaiser Chiefs launched into a rundown of their clap-along hits.
The bleary eyed crowed then enjoyed a series of singalongs to “Everyday I Love You Less and Less” and “Angry Mob”, firing them up for a long weekend of music ahead.
Meanwhile on the Pyramid Stage the oddly named Turtle Island - a 17-piece Japanese orchestra - started the fun with a relaxed set of tribal punk tunes, to a much smaller crowd.
Also performing on the Pyramid Stage later today will be Elbow, Lily Allen and Rudimental, while acts on other stages include Haim, MIA and Jurassic 5.
Grace Dent on TV The Secret Life of the Pub is sexist, ageist and a breath of fresh air
Art Megumi Igarashi criticises Japan's 'backwards' attitude to women's sexual expression
tv Singer could become the most unlikely star of Westeros
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Student jailed for hacking University of Birmingham computers to improve his grades
- 2 Smartphones are making children borderline autistic, says psychiatrist
- 3 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 4 Teaching profession headed for crisis as numbers continue to drop and working lives become 'unbearable'
- 5 The most powerful passports in the world
MasterChef 2015: Simon Wood named winner
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins
Sherlock series 4: Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have to be 'persuaded' to return, says Steven Moffat
London Marathon: Best running songs from Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar to 'Uptown Funk'
Oldest footage of London landmarks released
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove
Rupert Murdoch berated Sun journalists for not doing enough to attack Ed Miliband and stop him winning the general election