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Glastonbury Friday talking points: Celebrity sightings, best performances and amazing weather

Glastonbury Friday talking points: Celebrity sightings, best performances and amazing weather

It might be hard to believe, given the happy, broken, burnt state of festival-goers (myself included – this report comes to you from a two-hour-long shower queue), but technically, yesterday was the first proper day of Glastonbury.

Already, though, from Spanish singer Rosalía proving herself a worthy future headliner to Stormzy‘s electrifying set, there have been myriad “I was there” moments. The weather was balmy, the atmosphere barmy, and the entertainment on point.

There were celeb sightings aplenty, too. Billie Piper, Emilia Clarke, Rupert Grint and Professor Green were spotted by The Independent’s team on the ground.

We’ll tell you what’s true. You can form your own view.

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Revellers enjoy the bonfire and fireworks in the Sacred Space at the end of the first day of Glastonbury Festival

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Festival goers warm up prior to the gates opening at 8am on the first day of Glastonbury 2019

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Festival-goer Penelope Gwen dances with LED hula hoops on the second day of Glastonbury Festival

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A man wears an LED face mask on the second day of Glastonbury Festival

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Festival goer Jo stands among a tree feature as she arrives on the first day of Glastonbury 2019

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A festival goer drinks from a beer bong prior to the gates opening at 8am on the first day of Glastonbury 2019

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A man in a pig onesie receives his wristband for the weekend as the gates open at Glastonbury 2019

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A collaboration billboard between Led By Donkeys and Cold War Steve is unveiled at the top of the park on the first day of Glastonbury 2019

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A man carts a wheelbarrow full of provisions for the weekend as he arrives at Glastonbury 2019

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Festival founder Michael Eavis takes a selfie with a festival goer as he greets arrivals to Glastonbury 2019

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A woman dances with LED hula hoops on the second day of Glastonbury Festival

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Tents at the campsite on the second day of Glastonbury Festival

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A man arrives armed with his ReadyBed on the first day of Glastonbury 2019

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Festival goer Glammy Glitter wears her bejewelled Glastonbury hat as she arrives at the festival

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Arrivals cart their provisions for the weekend to their campsites on the first day of the festival

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Sarah Adey and Jack Watney marry at Glastonbury on Thursday 27 June 2019

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Festival goers eat ice-cream during the Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, Britain, 27 June 2019.

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An overview of the scenes at Worthy Farm on Thursday 27 June, 2019

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Sheryl Crow serenades the crowds on a sun-soaked day at Worthy Farm on day three of Glastonbury

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George Ezra performs

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Bastille frontman Dan Smith performs on the Pyramid Stage

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Festival-goers watch Bastille perform at Glastonbury 2019

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Bastille frontman Dan Smith performs on the Pyramid Stage

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A festival-goer takes a drink in the West Holts area

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Crowds gather to watch Stormzy perform on the Pyramid Stage

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Stormzy performs in the headline slot on the Pyramid Stage on day three of Glastonbury

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Arcadia unveil their new stage design ‘Pangea’ during day three of Glastonbury

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Arcadia’s new stage design, Pangea, at Glastonbury Festival 2019

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A festival-goer carries an illuminated umbrella through the Arcadia area

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A woman dances with LED hula hoops on the second day of Glastonbury Festival

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Revellers enjoy the bonfire and fireworks in the Sacred Space at the end of the first day of Glastonbury Festival

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Festival goers warm up prior to the gates opening at 8am on the first day of Glastonbury 2019

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Festival-goer Penelope Gwen dances with LED hula hoops on the second day of Glastonbury Festival

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A man wears an LED face mask on the second day of Glastonbury Festival

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Festival goer Jo stands among a tree feature as she arrives on the first day of Glastonbury 2019

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A festival goer drinks from a beer bong prior to the gates opening at 8am on the first day of Glastonbury 2019

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A man in a pig onesie receives his wristband for the weekend as the gates open at Glastonbury 2019

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A collaboration billboard between Led By Donkeys and Cold War Steve is unveiled at the top of the park on the first day of Glastonbury 2019

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A man carts a wheelbarrow full of provisions for the weekend as he arrives at Glastonbury 2019

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Festival founder Michael Eavis takes a selfie with a festival goer as he greets arrivals to Glastonbury 2019

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A woman dances with LED hula hoops on the second day of Glastonbury Festival

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Tents at the campsite on the second day of Glastonbury Festival

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A man arrives armed with his ReadyBed on the first day of Glastonbury 2019

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Festival goer Glammy Glitter wears her bejewelled Glastonbury hat as she arrives at the festival

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Arrivals cart their provisions for the weekend to their campsites on the first day of the festival

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England fans watch on at Glastonbury

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Sarah Adey and Jack Watney marry at Glastonbury on Thursday 27 June 2019

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An overview of the scenes at Worthy Farm on Thursday 27 June, 2019

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Sheryl Crow serenades the crowds on a sun-soaked day at Worthy Farm on day three of Glastonbury

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George Ezra performs

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Bastille frontman Dan Smith performs on the Pyramid Stage

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Festival-goers watch Bastille perform at Glastonbury 2019

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Bastille frontman Dan Smith performs on the Pyramid Stage

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A festival-goer takes a drink in the West Holts area

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Crowds gather to watch Stormzy perform on the Pyramid Stage

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Stormzy performs in the headline slot on the Pyramid Stage on day three of Glastonbury

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Arcadia unveil their new stage design ‘Pangea’ during day three of Glastonbury

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Arcadia’s new stage design, Pangea, at Glastonbury Festival 2019

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A festival-goer carries an illuminated umbrella through the Arcadia area

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Most exciting by far, though, was the dad from My Parents Are Aliens having a whale of a time at King Princess.

The festival has outdone itself with the food stalls, too – veggie and vegan festival-goers usually have to put up with a weekend of falafel, but there are options here from just about every corner of the world. And plenty of options for those who enjoy a bacon roll, too.

Basically, it’s been worth missing Love Island for. Here are the biggest talking points from Friday at Glastonbury:

Let’s Eat Grandma‘s performance

William’s Green is one of Glastonbury’s tinier tents, and what a treat to see two of the sharpest songwriters on the bill annex it for anarchic ends. Primed for battle at dual keyboards, the outré-pop duo of Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth sweep from avant-garde handclaps to an improbably touching Macarena dance.

They play like teen icons letting loose for their mates: it’s not a fine-tuned routine but a reckless spectacle, full of beseeching melodies and synths wired in to the wavelength of an epiphany. They move freely in that zone between euphoria and melancholy – the way it feels to pinpoint an emotion you’ve been swimming inside and to suddenly, unquestioningly own it. JM

Rosalía performing “Barefoot in the Park”

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The searing Spanish singer, who puts a modern spin on old-school flamenco, proved that she’s destined for greatness in the John Peel tent.

Bringing the ancient sound of her homeland to a 21st-century audience, the 25-year-old sings mostly in Spanish, but there was a brief foray into the English language in the form of the woozy, off-kilter “Barefoot in the Park” – one of the standout tracks from James Blake’s latest album, Assume Form, to which Rosalia contributed vocals. Purple stars flickered behind her as she sang. Blake didn’t appear onstage, but it is no slight against him to say that Rosalía more than did the song justice on her own. AP

Stormzy’s dancer

Young female dancer wows crowd during Stormzy Glastonbury set

There was so much to enjoy at Stormzy’s genuinely emotional headline set – from flashes of his grateful, dorky smile to the moment he told Boris Johnson to “suck your mum”. But my highlight was the little girl, decked out in a bright red tracksuit, who joined Stormzy for “Return of the Rucksack”.

She first took to the stage completely on her own, as a young voice read out a quote from Malorie Blackman’s Noughts & Crosses. “I hadn’t fully realised just how powerful words could be before this. Whoever came up with the saying ‘sticks and stones may break my bones but word will never hurt me’ was talking about his or her armpit.”

Later, surrounded by more than 20 dancers, she had more attitude than anyone else on stage. AL

The most eco-conscious year yet

Beautifully decorated bins are generously scattered throughout the festival site, each clearly labelled to mark what you should recycle in it. Water bottles are banned from sale, so everyone has brought reusable containers to fill up, and even the toilets and showers are designed to be as environmentally friendly as possible.

Though they attract those with hippy tendencies, festivals are generally no friend to the environment. It is galvanising to see the Eavis clan make such an effort to rectify that. AP

George Ezra’s “Shotgun”

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How do you solve a problem like George Ezra? George Ezra, weak of chat and strong of banger; George Ezra, with your terrible persona, tedious anecdotes and frankly silly voice. Why do I keep going back for more, chasing the cider-sweet hit of his summery pop?

The utterly inexplicable presence of a gramophone crackling with deliberately frazzled vocals unfortunately emphasised the most twee and cringeworthy aspects of Brand Ezra – but for all my attempts at smug cynicism, his closing number, “Shotgun” – in all its brass-backed, lads-chanting glory – was impossible to resist. AL

Sheryl Crow singing “All I Wanna Do is Have Some Fun”

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Sheryl Crow spent very little time on the Pyramid Stage itself for her afternoon performance – the country pop singer chose instead to wade into the crowd for her euphoric old-school anthems. “All I Wanna Do is Have Some Fun” was the best of them, rallying us into the first mass singalong of the festival. AP

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