Arctic Monkeys boost upbeat crowd as Glastonbury mud dries

Fri Jun 28, 2013 7:25pm EDT
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By Isla Binnie

PILTON, England (Reuters) - British indie rock band Arctic Monkeys cranked up the volume to end the first day of the Glastonbury festival on Friday when the sun emerged after 18 hours of rain to brighten up the mood.

The band from Sheffield in northern England began by blasting their new single "Do I Wanna Know?" to about 100,000 high-spirited revelers from the main Pyramid stage at the world's largest greenfield music festival in southwest England.

"We're going to play all night long Glastonbury. Does that sound good?" yelled frontman Alex Turner to the screaming crowd which has been arriving at the sprawling 900 acre (365-hectare) farm site since Wednesday.

The band was the headline act of the day which started at 6 a.m. ET when Liam Gallagher, who led the 1990s supergroup Oasis with his brother Noel, kicked off three days of music with his band Beady Eye at one of the event's 58 stages.

Beady Eye's appearance was meant to be a surprise but ended up being one of the worst kept secrets of the 2013 festival after Gallagher was spotted arriving earlier in the week.

Despite vowing never to play at Glastonbury again after criticizing the event in 2004, Gallagher began an hour-long set with the hit "Flick of the Finger" and pulled out crowd pleasers like "Morning Glory".

"It's never too early for a bit of rock 'n roll aggro, is it?" said a black-clad Gallagher wearing a pair of sunglasses despite the overcast skies.

Other acts on Friday included Sinead O'Connor, Dizzee Rascal, a red-clad Rita Ora, and up-and-coming Bastille.   Continued...

Liam Gallagher performs with his band Beady Eye during the Glastonbury music festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset, June 28, 2013. REUTERS/Olivia Harris