Rita Ora, Jake Bugg and Liam Gallagher have kicked off the action at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, as the sun dries up the mud-strewn fields.
Liam Gallagher’s band Beady Eye were the surprise opening act on The Other Stage with a raucous set at 11:00 BST.
“It’s never too early for a bit of rock’n’roll aggro, is it?” asked Liam Gallagher, as his band launched into Oasis hit Morning Glory.
Other acts playing on Friday include Chic and headliners The Arctic Monkeys.
After a day of rain, the clouds broke around midday, apparently conjured up by the sun-bleached rock of US sibling trio Haim. By the end of their set, raincoats were being traded for suncream.
About 180,000 fans have gathered at the 900-acre Worthy farm for the festival, which has been largely peaceful so far, with 107 reported crimes and 61 arrests.
Liam Gallagher have kicked off the action at this year’s Glastonbury Festival
Somerset police say there have also been 32 drug related offences reported, 12 of which were for possession of restricted substances.
Liam Gallagher’s early morning set was something of a turnaround for the former Oasis frontman, who previously headlined the festival in 1995 and 2004.
The latter appearance was not well-received, and Gallagher later claimed the festival was “full of idiots”.
After Friday’s performance, Liam Gallagher said that playing such an early starting time on the Friday morning had been something of a surprise.
“Someone just asked us – do you fancy going on at 11 o’clock, and we thought, why not? We’ve headlined it, we’ve done all that. It’s time to do something different.
“I absolutely loved it, I mean it. I thought 11 o’clock could be really ropey but I thought we done well, man.”
The main stage features a mixture of rap and rock for the rest of Friday, with Professor Green and Dizzee Rascal cosying up to The Vaccines and the Arctic Monkeys.
Professor Green, 29, whose hits include Read All About It and the INXS-based I Need You Tonight added: “There’s more to me than that, and I think this is the best opportunity to show that to people.
“We’re going to put some new music in the set as well as the old, because I think a lot of people that are here won’t know my music, bar the singles, so this is a good opportunity to show the musicality of what we do when we play live.”
Rumors of “secret appearances” are always rife at Glastonbury, and this year’s crop range from the likely (Fatboy Slim and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke) to the fanciful (Daft Punk and David Bowie).
Definitely confirmed for the weekend are co-headliners Mumford and Sons and The Rolling Stones.
Liam Gallagher, former Oasis front-man is suing brother Noel for what he claims are “lies” over the band split in 2009.
[googlead tip=”vertical_mediu” aliniat=”dreapta”] Liam Gallagher, who has re-launched his music career as front-man of Beady Eye, has filed a High Court action against Noel Gallagher’s claim that he pulled out of a 2009 headline performance at V festival due to a “hangover”.
He also has been enraged by Noel’s comments made last month at a press conference – when he was promoting his new solo album – about the band’s split in 2009, which was partly due to an argument over whether Liam could advertise his Pretty Green clothing range in the concert programme.
Liam Gallagher sues brother Noel for "telling lies" over Oasis breakup.
[googlead tip=”lista_mare” aliniat=”dreapta”]Liam Gallagher demands public apology from his guitarist brother after claimed that he cancelled V festival Oasis performance due to hangover.
He took the extraordinary action because he said he wanted Oasis fans and festival-goers “to know the truth”.
In a today statement, Liam Gallagher confirmed his legal action against his brother Noel Gallagher and said he was looking for an apology to put the record straight about the festival cancellation.
“I have taken legal action against Noel Gallagher for statements he made claiming Oasis pulled out of the 2009 V festival Chelmsford gig because I had a hangover. That is a lie and I want Oasis fans and others who were at V to know the truth.”
“I was gutted when I couldn’t play the gig because I didn’t want to let the fans down.”
Liam Gallagher insisted Noel was aware he had laryngitis, which was diagnosed by a doctor.
“But the truth is I had laryngitis, which Noel was made fully aware of that morning, diagnosed by a doctor.
Noel also falsely stated the demise of Oasis followed a massive row in which he claimed I demanded to advertise my clothing range Pretty Green in the Oasis tour programme.
The truth is there was no such discussion or row between us.
I am used to being called all sorts of things by Noel and I have in the past said things about him. But what Noel has alleged this time went way beyond rock-and-roll banter and questioned my professionalism.
I tried to resolve this amicably but have been left with no choice but legal action. All I want is an apology.”
Noel Gallagher has yet to respond to the suit, although he has expressed regret over Oasis’ split in a recent interview with Absolute Radio.
“We could maybe have [just] all gone off and done other things for a few years,” he said.
“It was a hasty decision … If I had my time again I’d have thought about it a bit more and gone back, done the gig, done the next, there was only two gigs left on the tour.”
“If we had simply agreed to a hiatus, Oasis could have returned to the project in a renewed, relaxed – and even nostalgic – way.”
“In my own head the 2015, 20-year anniversary of (What’s the Story) Morning Glory is looming,” he said.
“We could have maybe come back, made a new album and played that album in its entirety and gone and been the greatest thing ever, but there you go.”
[googlead tip=”vertical_mare” aliniat=”stangaa”] Noel Gallagher broke up with Oasis following a row moments before a festival in Paris in August 2009.
Noel – who also wrote most of the group’s hits – said the Gallaghers’ rocky relationship worsened after Liam demanded free plugs for his clothes brand in the tour programme, which Noel opposed.
He also said Liam pulled out of an appearance at the V Festival in Chelmsford in 2009. At the time it had been explained as a bout of laryngitis, but Noel said the reason for the no-show was his brother’s “hangover”.
The two brothers have had a long-running public spat ever since they found fame in the mid-1990s.
Cancellation of a major festival appearance due to a hangover rather than a medical condition could potentially lead to contractual issues with the organizers.
The possibility of Oasis reunion now looks exceedingly remote.