Friday at Glastonbury

So today (Friday) it is wonderful to be left speechless by Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz, by the stellar cast list (Lou Reed, Mark E Smith, Mick Jones, Snoop Dogg) and the range of musical styles (from hip hop to Indian traditional) all held together by those melancholy, insular, soul searching songs that Albarn does so well.

It is simply stupendous to bounce to Vampire Weekend and their recycled African rhythms, the perfect sound for a sweltering, sun burnt afternoon in a field in the south west of England. To marvel again at thousands of souls singing along: “Why would you lie about how much coal you have; why would you lie about something dumb like that…”, like some kind of massed chorus of Jeremy Paxmans. Now there’s one idea that Damon didn’t fit into his show.