The Killers recently completed a rapturously-received “secret” set on the final evening of the 2017 Glastonbury Festival.
Rumours of unannounced special guests had been doing the rounds over the three days at the legendary British festival and finally, at 5.30pm on the afternoon of Sunday 25 June 2017, The Killers strode onto the stage on the festival’s John Peel Stage to the strains of The Undertones’ ‘Teenage Kicks’.
“What’s up Glastonbury? It’s good to be here!” said frontman Brandon Flowers by way of an introduction.
“On the big screen behind them is footage of the solar system”, he continued. “It’s as if we are zooming through space and the John Peel tent is our spaceship. Lift off! I’ve been at Glastonbury for too long!”
With Brandon Flowers dressed in a sparkly tuxedo jacket, the Las Vegas-based quartet looked thrilled to be back at the festival. They launched into ‘When You Were Young’ and ‘Somebody Told Me’ from their debut album Hot Fuss and performed an hour-long set stuffed with hits including the inevitable ‘Mr Brightside’, during which large swathes of the crowd sang along with every word.
Earlier in the day, Laura Marling also wowed the Glastonbury crowd. Taking to the festival’s main Pyramid stage for an early afternoon slot during which the sun occasionally poked through the clouds, she opened with ‘Soothing’ and performed a well-received set heavy on songs from her acclaimed sixth album Semper Ferina, before concluding with a meaty version of ‘Rambling Man’.
The Glastonbury Festival is now in its 47th year and has a rich history. The inaugural festival in September 1970 was billed as the Pilton Pop, Blues & Folk Festival and was headlined by future glam-rock superstars Tyrannosaurus Rex (later T-Rex), while the 1971 event saw (which featured a set from David Bowie) saw the first incarnation of the festival’s famous Pyramid stage.
Running from 21 to 25 June, the 2017 Glastonbury Festival was headlined on the Friday night (23 June) by Radiohead, while the Saturday line-up featured star names including Katy Perry and headliners Foo Fighters. During Sunday evening, Chic and The Bee Gees’ Barry Gibb also delighted audiences with hit-packed performances.
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