Arctic Monkeys headline Friday at Glastonbury

Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner

Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner

Arctic Monkeys have closed the first day of Glastonbury 2013, performing a headline set to an enormous crowd at the Pyramid Stage.

The Sheffield band began their set with new single ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ before playing ‘Brianstorm’ and ‘Dancing Shoes’. Dressed in a suit and performing in front of a huge illuminated ‘AM’, Alex Turner asked the audience if they were “ready to party” to a chorus of cheers. “Good, because it’s Friday night,” he said in response. Soon after, the band played ‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’ and ‘Teddy Picker.’ Turner later dedicated ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’ to “the girlfriends of the men too cool to wave their hands during ‘Pretty Visitors'”.

Ending their main set with ‘A Certain Romance’, Arctic Monkeys returned for an encore which consisted of ‘Cornerstone’, ‘Mardy Bum’, ‘When The Sun Goes Down’ and ‘505’. The latter saw long-time band associate, and member of Alex Turner’s Last Shadow Puppets, Miles Kane appear onstage, a surprise he had previously revealed exclusively to NME. Before Cornerstone, Turner playfully sang the opening lines to ‘Yellow’ by multiple Glastonbury headliners Coldplay. Before ‘505’, Turner sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to his mum, who was in attendance.

Alex Turner said the band had “brought pyrotechnics” along for their headline set: “We’ve got fireworks tonight, I think. We never had fireworks until we did that Olympics thing – we didn’t know what was happening! It was great, man. I think this is gonna be great tonight too.” In the event, they did not bring fireworks.

Arctic Monkeys headlined Glastonbury in 2007. They were joined onstage that night by Dizzee Rascal, who also performed directly before them on the Pyramid Stage earlier this evening.

Arctic Monkeys played:

‘Do I Wanna Know?’
‘Dancing Shoes’
‘Don’t Sit Down Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’
‘Teddy Picker’
‘Crying Lightning’
‘Brick By Brick’
‘Fake Tales Of San Francisco’
‘She’s Thunderstorms’
‘Old Yellow Bricks’
‘Pretty Visitors’
‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’
‘Do Me A Favour’
‘R U Mine?’
‘Mad Sounds’
‘Fluorescent Adolescent’
‘A Certain Romance’
‘Mardy Bum’
‘When The Sun Goes Down’

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