The rumours that came true
What happened: After releasing ’80s-nodding juggernaut ‘The Man‘, a massive Glasto appearance built on the momentum. Announced on the Sunday (June 25), Brandon Flowers and co. turned up for a heroic show on the John Peel Stage. It attracted one of the fest’s biggest crowds.
What happened: Friday’s much-talked-about Park Stage slot was either going to be Arcade Fire or Elbow. It turned out to be the latter. The band kicked off their set with ‘The Birds’, before playing ‘Bones Of You’, ‘Magnificent (She Says)’ and ‘Mirrorball’. Frontman Guy Garvey maintained a regular dialogue with the people up on the hill looking down on The Park arena. At one point, he asked those gathered on the hill to stand up, wave, and donate £10 to Greenpeace.
The rumour: The Manchester Artpop troupe played William’s Green, airing material from new album ‘A Fever Dream’. Frontman Jonathan Higgs kept chatter to a minimum and thanked the thousands of fans for coming out to the secret show.
What happened: Before playing The Other Stage on Friday, the group showed up for the second William’s Green show. It was basically Glasto’s worst kept secret.