Pendulum annihilate The Other Stage at Glasto
Franz Ferdinand, Pete Doherty and more
27 June 2009
"Glastonbury!", yelled MC Ben Mount as Pendulum took the stage, "We're gonna take you to another dimension!"
True to his word, the drum and bass-infused electro rockers delivered a pummeling hour long set that drew the largest crowd of the day to The Other Stage. Every song was greeted by frenzied applause and the performance incited a rave atmosphere with black-clad rock kids and dayglo dance heads dancing with abandon.
"Right now it's foot to the floor", yelled Mount, "We don't do half measures. You gotta live it, breathe it, believe it".
A few bars of Metallica's 'Master Of Puppets' intro caused a roar of excitement before they tore into an explosive 'Tarantula'. If the field had a roof on, it would have been blown clean off.
"Glastonbury, we don't wanna leave you chillin', we wanna leave you spinnin'!" - and they did, closing on a raucous 'Propane Nightmares' that left the exhilerated audience dizzy.
Franz Ferdinand then had one of the most uphill struggles on the bill, having to follow that whilst competing with Bruce Springsteen on the Pyramid Stage. They stepped up and gave it their best crack, opening with an anthemic 'The Dark of the Matinee'.
The upbeat set delighted the small army of loyal fans who danced to the last note, including hits 'Do You Want To', 'Michael', 'Walk Away' and 'Take Me Out' but not, as many had hoped, their cover of Michael Jackson's 'Beat It'. Alex Kapranos did, however, deliver a personal tribute, yelling "Shamone motherfuckers!". The band encored with 'Jacqueline' and 'This Fire'.
Earlier in the day, Pete Doherty impressed the crowd with a coherent, feel-good, mostly-acoustic set that mixed solo and Libertines material plus an obscure but well-received cover of Talking Heads' 'Psycho Killer'. This, along with roudy 'Don't Look Back Into The Sun', stirring 'Albion' and finale 'Time For Heroes' drew the loudest singalongs. The set also included a duet with special guest Dot Allison on 'Sheepskin Tearaway'. Legendary Smiths and Blur producer Stephen Street accompanied Doherty on guitar.
The Prodigy headline The Other Stage tomorrow (Sunday) with Glasvegas, Bon Iver, Bat For Lashes and Yeah Yeah Yeahs also appearing.
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