Glastonbury Blog: Friday
John Russell | Friday, 27 June 2008
Kate Nash this morning kicked off a weekend of hotly anticipated acts set to play at this year's Glastonbury Festival. Delivering material from her debut album, Made of Bricks, the BRIT Award winning songstress wooed fans into a state of dreamy musings before the afternoon had even begun.
And while a heavy night of rain might have caused havoc across the site, people may be wet but spirits haven't been dampened. Nash's set featuring a wandering violinist and dancing skeletons brought with it not just an unusual musical innocence to the Pyramid stage but visual elements that left fans eager for more.
Glasvegas took the third slot preceding Make Model on the John Peel stage to a slightly worse for wear audience. But despite an abundance of sticky mud that's enough to make anyone's feet weep, the Scottish lads gave a performance rivalling that of the larger stages and proved the Peel tent has much more up its sleeve than we've seen in previous years.
The Feeling were definitely a first day festival highlight, performing an energetic set of crowd-pleasing tunes topped with an unfaltered stage presence. It's not often you see a crowd being so energetic early on in the day. Frontman Sells spoke of their first festival appearance as making him "emotional". The performance of a string of chart-topping hits definitely left much of the same on the crowd, too.
Fratellis sandwiched performances of The Gossip and Editors, and proved their anthemic tunes can wow bigger crowds than five-hundred capacity clubs. Panic at the Disco, performing on the Other Stage, brought a particularly impressive end to the evening for fans of emo-centric warblings.
Our verdict on the best of the evening's performances sees the Cribs coming out on top. Bringing to the stage with them a bunch of guitars, their strong Wakefield tongues and a couple of pints between the brothers, their set was enough to make true hardened indie fans weak between the ears. Performing cult hits such as Moving Pictures and Men's Needs, it definitely added the cream to our Friday night apple pie.