Stormzy’s history-making Glastonbury set was a hard act to follow – but The Killers proved they were worthy with a memorable show featuring fireworks, surprise guest appearances and a Mr Brightside finale.
The US rock band, headlining the Pyramid Stage for the second time after their debut 12 years ago, brought on the Pet Shop Boys and “guitar hero” Johnny Marr as part of their Saturday night closing performance.
The Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe sang their cover of Elvis Presley’s You Are Always On My Mind, before joining Flowers for a rendition of Killers favourite Human.
Marr, the much revered former Smiths guitarist who had earlier played his own slot on the Other Stage, performed This Charming Man, with Killers frontman Brandon Flowers standing in for Morrissey.
The headline gig followed Liam Gallagher, who performed a set which included some of his new solo material, but was mainly about giving Oasis fans the band’s biggest hits.
After starting with Rock ‘n Roll Star, Morning Glory, Slide Away and Wonderwall all made the set-list.
Gallagher took a couple of veiled jabs at estranged brother Noel, who he has a strained relationship with following Oasis’ acrimonious split in 2009, but otherwise it was a fairly uncontroversial set from the man known for his outbursts.
He finished by dedicating Champagne Supernova to the “one and only” Keith Flint, who died earlier this year.
He was not the only one, with the Chemical Brothers also referencing the late Prodigy frontman, posting his photo and the message “In memory, Keith Flint, 1969-2019” on the big screens that had earlier provided hypnotic visuals throughout their set.
Elsewhere on Saturday, the second main day of the festival, Janet Jackson took to the Pyramid Stage to perform a string of hits including What Have You Done For Me Lately, Control and Rhythm Nation.
And newcomer Lewis Capaldi, who has soared to fame in 2019, made sure his set was one of the most memorable of the festival, mocking Noel Gallagher by wearing a T-shirt with the star’s face emblazoned inside a heart on the front.
Glastonbury finishes on Sunday, when British rock group The Cure will headline, and Kylie, Miley Cyrus, Billie Eilish, Vampire Weekend and Janelle Monae are all due to perform.