Glastonbury 2016

Wolf Alice celebrate ‘My Love Is Cool’s birthday with huge Glastonbury set

Their set on the Pyramid Stage feels like a real homecoming for heroes.

Wolf Alice’s Glastonbury sets accurately represent their rise - 2014’s slot in the John Peel tent came after the release of the ‘Creature Songs’ EP, predicting them for big things. Last year’s rain-sodden, incorrectly-scheduled Park Stage gig saw the band graduate to a bigger league in the week they released ‘My Love Is Cool’.

Today is different though, and sees the band at their biggest point yet. The 12 months since the band’s debut album was released has seen them grow and grow, and the Pyramid Stage slot feels like a homecoming for heroes, while still being a dip into the unknown at the same time.

The band’s repertoire of singles continues to grow, with ‘Fluffy’, ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’ and ‘Bros’ all feeling like real hits. ‘Lisbon’ is crushing, and ‘You’re A Germ”s bombast is cancelled out the devastating ‘Blush’, which managed to translate onto the biggest stage of all.

Joff Oddie’s hands starts profusely bleeding after a particularly intense guitar solo half way through the set, but it just makes him and his bandmates go for it more. The set ends with the now-classic ‘Giant Peach’ ending with Ellie Rowsell scaling the front row.

Rowsell comments that five years ago, her and Joff applied for an emerging talent competition to play at Glastonbury but didn’t make the cut. The last three years have seen them rise and grow with the festival, with each year feeling like a landmark. Give it five more years and they’ll be headlining.

Photo: Emma Swann / DIY

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