Glastonbury highlights, Friday review: Royal Blood toast No.1 album while Anderson .Paak and Glass Animals impress new fans

Where else can you suddenly find yourself as an impromptu performer with the Kazooniville marching band?

Royal Blood perform at Glastonbury
Royal Blood perform at Glastonbury

The opening slot on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury is usually way down on the list of must-sees for most punters. After the excesses of Thursday night a handful of paracetamol and a full English is the usual cure.

But this year what must be the biggest crowd ever for a Friday morning dragged themselves out of their sauna-like tents to catch Hacienda Classical kick of this year’s festival. And they weren’t disappointed.

There can’t be any better way to ease into the first full day of festivities than soaring strings and club anthems. Highlight of the set had to be Rowetta’s emotional, goosebump inducing “You got the Love” which set the tone for the day

The baking heat which sapped the energy of the early arrivals on Wednesday was replaced by a cooling wind. Perfect festival weather then.

The beauty of Glastonbury is, of course, the myriad of things happening away from the main stages and stumbling across acts you’d never heard of.

Up in the Summer House, an outdoor stage with deckchairs in Glebeland, the incredible Umami Dance Theatre treated a rapt crowd to some awesome dance moves. The duo from Madrid mix up breakdancing and mime with a heavy sprinkle of humour.

And while Royal Blood toasted their number one album with champagne and a huge set which sent the crowd wild, up in the Kids Field the Panic Family Circus clowns kept the little ones and not so little ones amused with their timeless tradition of slapstick and song.

Where else can you suddenly find yourself as an impromptu performer with the Kazooniville marching band - being handed a kazoo and joining in with their ““Rocky theme” ?

And the next minute be surrounded by the enthusiastic Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band belting out traditional Indian wedding tunes dressed in full Rajasthani costume. Only at Pilton.

Musical highlights so far have to be Anderson Paak And The Free Nationals' superb set on the West Holts and Glass Animals on the Other Stage - both of which will surely see them gain a whole host of new fans and get higher billing when the festival returns after next year’s fallow year.

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