The Arctic Monkeys played their biggest UK show to date, headlining the Pyramid stage on Glastonbury's opening night last night (June 22). It was one in the eye for critics who had accused the band of being too young for such a prestigious slot.
Alex Turner, Matt Helders, Jamie Cook and Nick O'Malley kicked off the show with 'The Sun Goes Down' before ripping into 'Brianstorm'.
"This is terrific, I think", announced Turner, before telling the audience that they had "Never been to Glastonbury, us four. So it's a double celebration!"
After dedicating 'Fake Tales Of San Francisco' to a Norwegian fan in the audience, They they live debuted 'Temptation Greets You Like A Naughty Friend' – the B-side from recent hit single 'Brianstorm.'
Turner said: "We never played this live before, it's a Glastonbury special not that Glastonbury isn't special already," – rapper Dizzee Rascal, who performed on the single bounded onstage to deliever his part.
Quiet sound levels – a common problem on the Pyramid stage – prompted chants in the audience to turn up the volume.
"What are you saying, 'louder'?", reacted Turner, "I can't tell if they're happy or angry."
Mass crowd sing-alongs to 'Do Me A Favour' and 'Leave Before The Lights Come On' brought the set to a close.
"You liked that?", asked Turner, to deafening cries for an encore, "Well ok, we're just going to bring on an organ and then we'll come back and play some more."
The band then returned to the stage, launching into 'The View From The Afternoon' before giving the fans a very special treat.
Turner beamed: "We'd like to play a cover for you, like we said it only happens once, so we want to do something special for you, we're thrilled to be here. Shirley Bassey is playing on Sunday, so this one is for Shirley."
The band then played Bassey's '71 Bond theme 'Diamonds Are Forever' joined by their producer James Ford accopmpanying on organ..
Returning the crowd's earlier thumbs up the band thanked the crowd before finishing with 'A Certain Romance'.
Arctic Monkeys set list was:
The Sun Goes Down
Still Take You Home
Ritz To The Rubble
This House Is A Circus
Fake Tales Of San Francisco
Temptation Greets You Like A Naughty Friend
Old Yellow Bricks
I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
If You Were There, Beware
Do Me A Favour
Leave Before The Lights Come On
The View From The Afternoon
Diamonds Are Forever
A Certain Romance
Tonight (Saturday) sees The Killers headline on the Pyramid Stage.