"Are you feeling alright?” asks an uncanny Noddy Holder sound-alike as tribute band Sladest get ready to launch into 40 minutes of Slade classics.
It’s a pointless question. This is an audience intent on continuing the party that started a few minutes earlier when Festival founder Michael Eavis took to the stage to belt out Frankie Valli’s 1967 hit 'Can't Take My Eyes Off You’.
Having finished their stint as Michael Eavis’ backing band, Sladest kick-off their set with 'Coz I Luv You’ and follow-up with stomping renditions of 'Take Me Bak 'Ome’ and 'Gudbuy T'Jane’.
"We’re going to slow it down a little bit” says fake Noddy as he introduces 'Everyday’. Nobody minds, these guys are very good and the crowd are in a sing-along mood.
The tempo rises again with 'Far Far Away’ and then 'The Bangin' Man’ before things reach a new high with 'Cum On Feel the Noize’, introduced with the wry comment "We’re going to play an Oasis song now”.
"OK, we’ve got one more song” says the singer, and a huge roar greets the opening chords of 'Merry Xmas Everybody’. In honour of the occasion, the band have rewritten the lyrics, replacing 'So here it is Merry Christmas’ with 'So here it is Glastonbury’.
In true Glastonbury style, half the crowd sing along with the new version while the other half stick with the original. "It’s Glasto” screams fake Noddy as the song comes to an end and the tent erupts with applause, whoops and cheers.
No one wants the set to finish, so Sladest oblige and play one more - the Bobby Marchan song 'Get Down and Get With It’.
You don’t get many tribute bands at Glastonbury but Sladest were an inspired booking. It’s been great fun from start to finish and gets the Thursday-night shenanigans off to an entertaining start.
Setlist: I Love You Baby ft. Michael Eavis, Coz I Luv You, Take Me Bak 'Ome, Gudbuy T'Jane, Everyday, Far Far Away, The Bangin' Man, Cum On Feel the Noize, Merry Xmas Everybody, Get Down and Get With It