Glastonbury fans are left disappointed by ‘boring’ headliners Arctic Monkeys


Glastonbury festivalgoers were left disappointed by the Arctic Monkeys headline set as they heaped criticism on the band for slowing down their smash hits.

The Arctic Monkeys played the hotly-anticipated 90-minute headlining slot on Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage, but fans were left underwhelmed by the show.

The rock band took to the stage hours after a surprise show from The Foo Fighters, who put on an incredible performance for the festival’s hour-long ‘secret’ slot.

Lead singer Alex Turner belted out a whole host of the Arctic Monkeys smash hits, including Mardy Bum and R U Mine, but the crowds were left confused.

For many of the band’s big hitters, Alex sang the tracks at a much slower tempo than the upbeat originals, with fans complaining that it made it difficult to sing along.

Unimpressed: Glastonbury festivalgoers were left disappointed by the Arctic Monkeys headline set as they heaped criticism on the band for slowing down their smash hits

Unimpressed: Glastonbury festivalgoers were left disappointed by the Arctic Monkeys headline set as they heaped criticism on the band for slowing down their smash hits

Criticism: The Arctic Monkeys played the hotly-anticipated 90-minute headlining slot on Glastonbury's Pyramid stage, but fans were left underwhelmed by the show

Criticism: The Arctic Monkeys played the hotly-anticipated 90-minute headlining slot on Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage, but fans were left underwhelmed by the show

Too slow! Lead singer Alex Turner belted out a whole host of the Arctic Monkeys smash hits, including Mardy Bum and Are You Mine, but the crowds were left confused at the slow pace

Too slow! Lead singer Alex Turner belted out a whole host of the Arctic Monkeys smash hits, including Mardy Bum and Are You Mine, but the crowds were left confused at the slow pace 

Both festivalgoers and fans watching the BBC live broadcast slammed the headlining set as ‘boring’ and complained that they had been left ‘disappointed’ by the gig.

Some fans went as far as to claim that The Foo Fighters should have been the headliners, expressing their confusion that the Arctic Monkeys were the main event.

Taking to Twitter, one fan wrote: ‘I fell in love with the Arctic Monkeys because of the energy and excitement in the songs. That performance was too slow for me, still some bangers played though.’

Another said: ‘Too slow, not engaging the crowd…not great,’ while a third complained: ‘Why slow even your slowest song down??? Sorry I’ve always loved the Arctic Monkeys but can’t cope with that.’

A fourth tweeted: ‘I’m really disappointed with Arctic Monkeys. It all seems very slow, that excitement of the first album is gone. It’s like the Arctic Monkeys Jazz Lounge.’

And another added: ‘I’d be raging if I went to Glastonbury for Arctic Monkeys to play that set. Very boring. I don’t understand why Foo Fighters played before them.’

However, some fans gave their support to the band and praised their performance, saying the band’s style has simply evolved over the years.

One person wrote: ‘Wow! Arctic Monkeys just incredible,’ while another penned: ‘Wow what a set from Arctic Monkeys at Glastonbury.’

Different sound: For many of the band's big hitters, Alex sang the tracks at a much slower tempo than the upbeat originals, with fans complaining that it made it difficult to sing along

Different sound: For many of the band’s big hitters, Alex sang the tracks at a much slower tempo than the upbeat originals, with fans complaining that it made it difficult to sing along

Support: However, some fans gave their support to the band and praised their performance, saying the band's style has simply evolved over the years

Support: However, some fans gave their support to the band and praised their performance, saying the band’s style has simply evolved over the years

'Boring': Both festivalgoers and fans watching the BBC live broadcast slammed the headlining set as 'boring' and complained that they had been left 'disappointed' by the gig

‘Boring’: Both festivalgoers and fans watching the BBC live broadcast slammed the headlining set as ‘boring’ and complained that they had been left ‘disappointed’ by the gig

Partying: The crowds packed in for the headlining set, but some were left disappointed as they struggled to sing along to the tracks

Partying: The crowds packed in for the headlining set, but some were left disappointed as they struggled to sing along to the tracks 

Rocker: Taking to the stage, lead singer Alex cut a suave figure in a black suit and a white shirt, which he wore with dark sunglasses

Rocker: Taking to the stage, lead singer Alex cut a suave figure in a black suit and a white shirt, which he wore with dark sunglasses 

Visuals: The band performed in front of an edgy circular screen giving fans a close-up look at Alex's performance

Visuals: The band performed in front of an edgy circular screen giving fans a close-up look at Alex’s performance 

Energetic: Alex gave the performance his all as he was seen dancing across the stage while singing

Energetic: Alex gave the performance his all as he was seen dancing across the stage while singing 

Band: The Arctic Monkeys were formed in 2002 and are best known for their hits including Mardy Bum, R U Mine?

Band: The Arctic Monkeys were formed in 2002 and are best known for their hits including Mardy Bum, R U Mine? 

Edgy: Alex gestured to fans as he belted out some of the band's smash hits

Edgy: Alex gestured to fans as he belted out some of the band’s smash hits 

Performance: At one point in the show, Alex lifted the microphone stand into the air over his head

Performance: At one point in the show, Alex lifted the microphone stand into the air over his head 

Suave: Alex looked very smart in his suit as he took to the stage along with his bandmates

Suave: Alex looked very smart in his suit as he took to the stage along with his bandmates 

Music: Alex sang to the crowds and played guitar as he put a slow, jazz-like twist on his old classic hits

Music: Alex sang to the crowds and played guitar as he put a slow, jazz-like twist on his old classic hits 

Festival: The band were the headliners at Friday's instalment of Glastonbury festival, performing on the Pyramid stage after the Foo Fighters

Festival: The band were the headliners at Friday’s instalment of Glastonbury festival, performing on the Pyramid stage after the Foo Fighters 

Throwback: The Arctic Monkeys rose to fame in the 00s and became hugely successful with their rock hits

Throwback: The Arctic Monkeys rose to fame in the 00s and became hugely successful with their rock hits 

Jam-packed: Huge crowds were seen listening to the Arctic Monkey's set at Glastonbury

Jam-packed: Huge crowds were seen listening to the Arctic Monkey’s set at Glastonbury 

Earlier in the night, The Foo Fighters sent crowds wild when they made a surprise appearance on stage, returning to Glastonbury for the first time since Taylor Hawkins’ death.

The rock n’ roll icons shocked festivalgoers when they walked out on The Pyramid stage for an impressive hour-long setlist, leading Friday’s star-studded performers.

The band last played Glastonbury six years ago, and it was their first time back at the festival since the tragic death of their drummer Taylor Hawkins last year.

Lead singer Dave Grohl paid tribute to his late friend and bandmate as he dedicated their final song Everlong to him in an emotional moment.

Taylor was found dead last year in his luxury hotel room from a ‘cardiovascular collapse’ induced by a drug binge while the band were touring in Columbia. 

The band’s surprise appearance on the third day of Glastonbury comes after weeks of speculation about who would play the ‘secret’ slot, which was held under the mystery alias The Churnups. 

Fans previously believed the alias referred to Britpop band Pulp, but the Daily Mail then confirmed it would be The Foo Fighters making the surprise appearance.

The Glastonbury crowds went completely wild when singer Dave strutted out on stage with his guitar in hand and kicked off the show.

Both festivalgoers and viewers at home took to Twitter to share their shock over The Foo Fighter’s surprise appearance, with some admitting they ‘screamed’ when they came on.

Shock: Earlier in the night, The Foo Fighters sent crowds wild when they made a surprise appearance on stage, returning to Glastonbury for the first time since Taylor Hawkins' death

Shock: Earlier in the night, The Foo Fighters sent crowds wild when they made a surprise appearance on stage, returning to Glastonbury for the first time since Taylor Hawkins’ death

Wow! The rock n’ roll icons shocked festivalgoers when they walked out on The Pyramid stage for an impressive hour-long setlist, leading Friday’s star-studded performers

Tragic: The band last played Glastonbury six years ago, and it was their first time back at the festival since the tragic death of their drummer Taylor Hawkins (pictured) last year

Tragic: The band last played Glastonbury six years ago, and it was their first time back at the festival since the tragic death of their drummer Taylor Hawkins (pictured) last year

Amazing: The slot had been held under the alias The Churnups, with speculation rife about who would actually be appearing on stage as the truth was shrouded in mystery

Amazing: The slot had been held under the alias The Churnups, with speculation rife about who would actually be appearing on stage as the truth was shrouded in mystery

They're back! It marks The Foo Fighters first appearance at Glastonbury since 2017, when they performed as a headline act

They’re back! It marks The Foo Fighters first appearance at Glastonbury since 2017, when they performed as a headline act

Thrilled: Both festivalgoers and viewers at home took to Twitter to share their shock over The Foo Fighter's surprise appearance, with some admitting they 'screamed' when they came on

Thrilled: Both festivalgoers and viewers at home took to Twitter to share their shock over The Foo Fighter’s surprise appearance, with some admitting they ‘screamed’ when they came on

Surprise! The Glastonbury crowds went completely wild when lead singer Dave Grohl strutted out on stage

Surprise! The Glastonbury crowds went completely wild when lead singer Dave Grohl strutted out on stage 

Rock n' roll: Dave and the band performed a whole host of their smash hits, including The Pretender and My Hero

Rock n’ roll: Dave and the band performed a whole host of their smash hits, including The Pretender and My Hero 

New face: The Foo Fighters took to the stage with new drummer Josh Freese, after the tragic death of Taylor Hawkins in March last year

New face: The Foo Fighters took to the stage with new drummer Josh Freese, after the tragic death of Taylor Hawkins in March last year

Tribute: Dave dedicated their final song, Everlong, to his late friend Taylor, looking emotional as the crowds chanting his name

Tribute: Dave dedicated their final song, Everlong, to his late friend Taylor, looking emotional as the crowds chanting his name 

Fans: Closing the show, Dave also thanked his dedicated fans for standing by them for the last 28 years and confirmed The Foo Fighters would be back for a tour in 2024

Fans: Closing the show, Dave also thanked his dedicated fans for standing by them for the last 28 years and confirmed The Foo Fighters would be back for a tour in 2024

Eager fan: Paul McCartney was spotted in the crowds watching on as The Foo Fighters performed

Eager fan: Paul McCartney was spotted in the crowds watching on as The Foo Fighters performed

Famous face: The Beatles star appeared to be having a great time as he watched the incredible set

Famous face: The Beatles star appeared to be having a great time as he watched the incredible set 

Icon: Playing the opening notes of the song, Dave said: 'I'd like to dedicate this song to Mr Taylor Hawkins, so let's sing this one loud as s**t for Mr Taylor'

Icon: Playing the opening notes of the song, Dave said: ‘I’d like to dedicate this song to Mr Taylor Hawkins, so let’s sing this one loud as s**t for Mr Taylor’

Eager fans: Fans packed into the Pyramid Stage crowds to watch The Foo Fighters impressive set list

Eager fans: Fans packed into the Pyramid Stage crowds to watch The Foo Fighters impressive set list 

Incredible: Festivalgoers packed out the crowds as they sang along to The Foo Fighters smash hits

Incredible: Festivalgoers packed out the crowds as they sang along to The Foo Fighters smash hits 

One fan gushed: ‘Actually screamed when Foo Fighters came on! Wahhhhh.’

Another shared their shock, writing: ‘Foo fighters out of nowhere,’ while a third wrote: ‘Foo Fighters showing up and smashing it, class.’

A third joked: ‘The Churnups look and sound suspiciously like The Foo Fighters.’ 

Another said: ‘There’s not many bands these days who make me wish I was at Glasto but Foo Fighters are one of them.’ 

Speaking to the crowds on stage after belting out smash hit The Pretenders, Dave joked that their fans already knew they were The Churnups. 

He said: ‘You guys knew it was us the whole time, you f**king knew! We’re not good at keeping secrets!’ 

Speculation had been rife about how The Churnups really were and which band was going to fill the infamous ‘secret slot’ on Glastonbury’s The Pyramid stage. 

An hour before their ‘secret’ set was due to begin, The Foo Fighters took to Twitter to post a photograph of flags in the Glastonbury crowd, with one reading ‘Churn It Up’, confirming they were the mystery band.

The band performed a whole host of their smash hits during their hour-long setlist, including The Pretender, My Hero and Best Of You.

And closing the show, Dave thanked his dedicated fans for standing by them for the last 28 years and confirmed The Foo Fighters would be back for a tour in 2024.

He then dedicated their final song, Everlong, to his late friend Taylor, looking emotional as the crowds chanting his name.

Playing the opening notes of the song, Dave said: ‘I’d like to dedicate this song to Mr Taylor Hawkins, so let’s sing this one loud as s**t for Mr Taylor.’ 

Rocker: David put on his usual high energy performance as he belted out his smash hits and danced across the stage

Rocker: David put on his usual high energy performance as he belted out his smash hits and danced across the stage 

Rocker: For the performance, Dave cut a trendy figure in black trousers and a matching shirt, opting for a white guitar

Rocker: For the performance, Dave cut a trendy figure in black trousers and a matching shirt, opting for a white guitar 

Funny: Speaking to the crowds on stage after belting out smash hit The Pretenders, Dave joked that their fans already knew they were The Churnups

Funny: Speaking to the crowds on stage after belting out smash hit The Pretenders, Dave joked that their fans already knew they were The Churnups

Wow! David amazed fans with his incredible performance along with his band mates as they returned to Glastonbury

Wow! David amazed fans with his incredible performance along with his band mates as they returned to Glastonbury 

Warm: Dave appeared to be feeling the heat amid the sunny climes as he threw water all over himself to cool down

Warm: Dave appeared to be feeling the heat amid the sunny climes as he threw water all over himself to cool down 

Wow! In an amazing collaboration, legendary artist, sculptor and stage designer David Hockney did the graphics for the performance

Wow! In an amazing collaboration, legendary artist, sculptor and stage designer David Hockney did the graphics for the performance

Sweet: During the jam-packed show, Dave also brought out his daughter Violet, 17, out as a special guest

Sweet: During the jam-packed show, Dave also brought out his daughter Violet, 17, out as a special guest 

Family: The father-daughter duo sang Show Me How, a track dedicated to his own mother, in a sweet moment

Family: The father-daughter duo sang Show Me How, a track dedicated to his own mother, in a sweet moment 

Amusing: After the song, David joked that Violet will always give him a look if she thinks he's sang a note 'off-key' during a performance

Amusing: After the song, David joked that Violet will always give him a look if she thinks he’s sang a note ‘off-key’ during a performance 

Sensational: The Foo Fighters did not disappoint as they returned to Glastonbury for the first time in six years

Sensational: The Foo Fighters did not disappoint as they returned to Glastonbury for the first time in six years 

Sweet: Dave dedicated their final song, Everlong, to his late friend Taylor, looking emotional as the crowds chanting his name

Sweet: Dave dedicated their final song, Everlong, to his late friend Taylor, looking emotional as the crowds chanting his name

Drummer: New drummer Josh joined the band in May after previously playing at tribute concerts for Taylor and touring with the likes of Sting and Guns N' Roses

Drummer: New drummer Josh joined the band in May after previously playing at tribute concerts for Taylor and touring with the likes of Sting and Guns N’ Roses

Dancing: Dave leapt across the stage as he played guitar and showed off his musical talents during the set

Dancing: Dave leapt across the stage as he played guitar and showed off his musical talents during the set 

Iconic: The Foo Fighters put on another incredible performance as they stunned Glastonbury

Iconic: The Foo Fighters put on another incredible performance as they stunned Glastonbury 

The Foo Fighters had taken to the stage with new drummer Josh Freese, after the tragic death of Taylor in March last year.

Josh joined the band in May after previously playing at tribute concerts for Taylor and touring with the likes of Sting and Guns N’ Roses – who will also headline The Pyramid stage on Saturday. 

Last month, the band embarked on their first tour since Taylor’s shocking death and last week, they released their emotional But Here We Are album, which is dedicated to the drummer.

During the jam-packed show, Dave also brought out his daughter Violet, 17, out as a special guest to sing Show Me How, a track dedicated to his own mother. 

In another amazing collaboration, legendary artist, sculptor and stage designer David Hockney did the graphics for the performance.

It marked The Foo Fighters’ first appearance at Glastonbury since 2017, when they performed as a headline act. 

The Foo Fighters led the star-studded Glastonbury line-up on Friday, with the Arctic Monkeys headlining in a hotly-anticipated performance. 

Party-time: A whole host of stars attended the gig, including Lily James, 34, who put on a very leggy display in a short black pleated mini-dress with gold-metallic trimmings

Party-time: A whole host of stars attended the gig, including Lily James, 34, who put on a very leggy display in a short black pleated mini-dress with gold-metallic trimmings

Shining: Gemma Chan, meanwhile, brightened up the festival in a gleaming white shirt and top combo

Sexy: The Yesterday star, 34, showed off  her sun-kissed skyscraper legs and the frock's plunged neckline gave a glimpse of the star's cleavage

Shining: Gemma Chan, meanwhile, brightened up the festival in a gleaming white shirt and top combo as she joined Lily at the festival 

Co-ordinated: Baby Driver star Lily leading lady paired the dress with a pair of black ankle-cropped Barbour wellies and black wax Barbour coat

Co-ordinated: Baby Driver star Lily leading lady paired the dress with a pair of black ankle-cropped Barbour wellies and black wax Barbour coat

Friends reunited: The star smiled as she met up with friend Billie Piper

Friends reunited: The star smiled as she met up with friend Billie Piper

Stunning: The I Hate Suzie star, 40, wore a lilac shirt and shorts co-ord, paired with black rubber Adidas clogs

Stunning: The I Hate Suzie star, 40, wore a lilac shirt and shorts co-ord, paired with black rubber Adidas clogs

Stylish: The Crazy Rich Asians actress, 40, sported super short white denim skirt, showing off her long legs

Stylish: The Crazy Rich Asians actress, 40, sported super short white denim skirt, showing off her long legs

Glasto chic: She wore the outfit underneath a black Barbour coat with a brown suede lapel,  paired with black knee-high black Barbour wellies

Glasto chic: She wore the outfit underneath a black Barbour coat with a brown suede lapel,  paired with black knee-high black Barbour wellies

Lovebirds: The Don't Worry Darling castmate attended the iconic festival with her boyfriend, fellow actor Dominic Cooper

Lovebirds: The Don’t Worry Darling castmate attended the iconic festival with her boyfriend, fellow actor Dominic Cooper

Line-up: The Foo Fighters led the star-studded Glastonbury line-up on Friday, with Carly Rae Jepsen taking to the Other Stage earlier in the day

Line-up: The Foo Fighters led the star-studded Glastonbury line-up on Friday, with Carly Rae Jepsen taking to the Other Stage earlier in the day

Chic: Taking to the stage, Carly cut a stylish figure in a tie-dye pink corset-style top with matching cargo trousers

Chic: Taking to the stage, Carly cut a stylish figure in a tie-dye pink corset-style top with matching cargo trousers

Trendy: She teamed her look with a matching cropped jacket with a buttoned neckline as she belted out pop hits for the crowds

Trendy: She teamed her look with a matching cropped jacket with a buttoned neckline as she belted out pop hits for the crowds

Stylish: Carly styled her fringed blonde locks loosely in a straight fashion and accentuated her featured with a silver eyeshadow palette

Stylish: Carly styled her fringed blonde locks loosely in a straight fashion and accentuated her featured with a silver eyeshadow palette

Incredible: Chvrches also took to the stage during the third day of Glastonbury, with singer Lauren Mayberry putting on an amazing show

Incredible: Chvrches also took to the stage during the third day of Glastonbury, with singer Lauren Mayberry putting on an amazing show 

Storming the stage: Kelis put on a spell-binding performance

Storming the stage: Kelis put on a spell-binding performance 

Wow: She caught the eye in a glittering yellow two-piece

Wow: She caught the eye in a glittering yellow two-piece 

Elsewhere, Carly Rae Jepsen took to the Other Stage earlier in the day for a high-energy performance.

Taking to the stage, Carly cut a stylish figure in a tie-dye pink corset-style top with matching cargo trousers.

She teamed her look with a matching cropped jacket with a buttoned neckline as she belted out pop hits for the crowds.

Carly styled her fringed blonde locks loosely in a straight fashion and accentuated her featured with a silver eyeshadow palette.



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