The heavy metal band may have been an unusual choice to headline day two of the festival - which in previous years has seen Radiohead, Coldplay and Beyoncé close the show - but fans who stuck around to watch Metallica were thrilled as the band delved into their back catalogue for their 100-minute set, despite arriving on stage 20 minutes late.
Metallica play the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2014
The band kicked off with their track ‘Creeping Death’, before going on to play songs such as ‘Enter Sandman’, ‘One’ and rock classic ‘Whiskey In The Jar’.
During their set, lead singer James Hetfield admitted the group felt priveleged to be representing a genre not usually associated with Glasto, telling the crowd: “We are proud to be invited and be representing, shall we say, heavier music. It's about time.”
Closing with ‘Seek & Destroy’, James added: “Sadly we've come to the last song... If you're a fan of Metallica or not, this is a song you can get behind.”
James Hetfield of Metallica
The group’s appearance on the Pyramid Stage has been controversial not just because of the style of music they’re best known for, but because of their lead singer’s association with bear hunting.
However, after a petition was set up to have the band removed from the line-up, festival organiser Michael Eavis defended the choice, saying: "There's no other band in the whole history of the festival that has been so keen to play, they will do the best set of their lives here."