The Verve have brought Glastonbury 2008 to a close, headlining the Pyramid Stage tonight (June 29).
Topping the bill on the last night of the three day festival, the reunited band served up a mix of anthems and previewed their new album 'Forth' due out in August.
Kicking off with 'This Is Music', frontman Richard Ashcroft shouted out the refrain of the next song 'Sonnet' - "there's love if you want it!"- urging the swelling crowd on and they duly obliged with a loud sing-a-long.
"Thank you, you're sounding good tonight declared Ashcroft afterwards. "A shout out for Jay-Z for putting in a good performance but tonight is rock n roll!"
"It's time to get your dancing pants on," declared the singer as, joined by an amped up violinist, they played their first new song 'Sit And Wonder' which first featured on last year's reunion tour.
An epic version of 'History' followed with Nick McCabe's slide guitar more than compensating for the orchestra on the recorded version.
"Oh what a night," crooned Ashcroft between tracks causing some fans to sing The Four Seasons track, before he added. "This is about a morning I hope some of you have had, a 'Velvet Morning'."
Despite it being the festival's final night, the crowd proved to be in good voice as 'Drugs Don't Work' triggered an anthemic sing-a-long.
'Lucky Man' got the same euphoric treatment from the audience after which Ashcroft addressed the crowd.
"I want to thank Emily Eavis for asking us to play," he declared. "I hope her dad realises why he booked us now, I think he was worried we wouldn't be as good as Keane or something. But, no, respect to Keane, respect to all bands."
The band then underlined their headliner status launching into 'Bitter Sweet Symphony' causing the Pyramid Stage to break into a rapturous sing-a-long.
They followed that with brand new single 'Love Is Noise' getting the whole field dancing as the band brought the festival to its climax.
"Till next time, love and peace forever," shout Ashcroft as the band finished their set enigmatically without an encore.
The Verve played:
'This Is Music'
'Space And Time'
'Sit And Wonder'
'Life's An Ocean'
'Drugs Don't Work'
'Bitter Sweet Symphony'
'Love Is Noise'
Tracks 1-3 broadcast BBCthree
Tracks 4-11 broadcast BBC2
Bit Rate: 192kbps
01 - This Is Music
02 - Sonnet
03 - Space And Time
04 - History
05 - Life's An Ocean
06 - Velvet Morning
07 - Rolling People
08 - The Drugs Don't Work
09 - Lucky Man
10 - Bittersweet Symphony
11 - Love Is Noise
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watch an edited stream here