Glastonbury 2011 – Friday in pictures

Posted on 25 June 2011
By Purple Revolver
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The mayhem and mud began at Glasto yesterday with Master Musicians of Joujouka opening the Pyramid stage proceedings.

We caught the hotly tipped NZ quintet the Naked And Famous, which drew a really large crowd to the Other Stage. In spite of sound problems stunning front woman Alisa didn’t let it phase her and they performed a great set.

The Beatles of Hip Hop aka Wu Tang Clan were in full effect (well minus Raekwon) on the Pyramid stage and renditions of their 1993 masterpiece Enter The 36 Chambers got everybody excited including Wayne Rooney who was spotted legging it over to catch the end of their set.

The thrill of seeing RZA, GZA and Ghostface Bring The Ruckas created a huge buzz amongst the crowd and Method Man wearing a pristine white bathrobe as though he had been carried to the stage, refrained from too much of his usual crowd surfing styles amongst the muddy faithful.

By late afternoon, more heavy rain threatened to dampen the mood until Blues legend BB King took to the Pyramid Stage.

Highly antcipated by the gathering throng, his brass band warmed everyone up and got the atmosphere going.

By the time he was helped out on to his chair at the front of the stage and handed his guitar, he’d won everyone over. Festival organiser and celebrity Hobbit Michael Eavis was spotted enjoying his set from the side of stage.

Try to think of an act most unlikely act to follow BB King and you might come up with Biffy Clyro.

The Scottish shirtless rockers came onto the Pyramid Stage at 6.30pm and pulled in the biggest crowd the day had seen so far. They open with The Captain. Special guests on the Park Stage last year but this year showed they truly deserved their main stage slot.

Then came the dilemma over trekking up to see the Special Guest slot this year. By this stage everyone knew it was Radiohead playing up in the Park and a huge number of people headed up that way.

Finally U2 were up to headline the Friday’s festivities. Love them or hate them, they give good value for money except to the Irish tax system and a protest against their tax evasion in the form of a “U pay tax 2” branded baloon was thwarted by security.

A soaked posse of die hard fans that had been up front all day got their fix when Larry Mullen Jr graced stage first followed by The Edge and then Adam Clayton ambled on before Bono.

U2 had an amazing light show which you’d expect and pierced the rain clouds with their anthemic rock back catalogue.

They had a lot to deliver having pulled out last year and with an immense set featuring hit after hit set, they did their fans proud.