Primal Scream are no newcomers to Glastonbury Festival, having played numerous times over the years they never fail to please the muddy masses of Worthy Farm and this year was no exception. Headlining the Other Stage on Friday night was no easy task; torrential rain had descended on the festival site earlier that evening and showed no sign of letting up when the band came to the stage. A thinly spread but faithful crowd didn’t seem to have their spirits dampened by the weather and it appeared they wouldn’t rather be anywhere else. Who could blame them?
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the classic Screamadelica and the band played through a whole host of hits from the album as well as a few others for good measure. Opening with indie anthem “Movin’ On Up” the whole crowd literally came alive and song completely set the mood for the rest of the performance.
Donning a metallic shirt lead singer Bobby Gillespie was in fine form strutting around the stage in a manner that oozed confidence whilst the rest of the band held things together incredibly. Mid set renditions of “Higher Than the Sun” and “Loaded” kept the soggy punters captivated and by the time “Country Girl” was played near the end of the set it was clear that Primal Scream had pulled off a classic Glastonbury performance. The small crowd only made the performance more intimate and those that did brave the elements can be truly grateful they did. [4.5/5.0]