Snoop Dogg took to the Pyramid stage early evening to greet hordes of fans, curious bystanders and some rather sceptical glares. Donned in a tight white wife-beater vest and some serious, ahem, bling, whether it was the setting sun or the aroma of marijuana filling the air, Snoop Dogg seemed to not only exceed the expectations of his fans but put a smile on even the most serious of music fans, who had doubted his credentials and ability as a main stage act. Yelling out more explitives in between tracks than a character on Shameless, the American rapper included 'Gin and Juice', 'Signs' and crowd pleaser 'Jump Around' in his set list. After bringing out Tinie Tempah for a remix of 'Frisky', Snoop had some wise words to leave with the crowd, 'Every morning when you wake up, you must clean your teeth, thank God you are a live....and smoke some m**** f****** weed ya'll' Cue crowd hysteria.
Mumford and Sons later played to a packed out John Peel Stage, with the band looking and sounding noticeably humbled by the difference that a year has made to their loyal fan base. The crowd exuded more folk-driven giddiness and hoe-down happiness than Dr Stomp (a YouTube must) as the band leaped barefoot through tracks from their debut and showcasing four new tracks.
The headliners of the night were of course Gorillaz, replacing U2 due to Bono's back surgery. Promising something of an audio visual spectacle and with such big boots to fill, Gorillaz failed to make a lasting impression as despite bringing out Snoop Dogg and other guests from the album, the crowd talked amongst themselves and petered off. Many of whom found themselves at The XX's late night headlining of the secluded Park Stage, the perfect backing for their spine-tingling live renditions of their debut album, and indeed the perfect end to the first night of the festival.
By Laura Routledge