We chat to Dan and co backstage at Glastonbury about Muse support slot
Andrew Trendell

14:31 3rd July 2013

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Bastille have spoken out about their recent support slots opening for Muse on their recent European stadium tour - saying that it made it made them look 'rubbish' in comparison.

Speaking to Gigwise backstage at Glastonbury this weekend, the four-piece said that to play with Matt Bellamy and co was a very 'humbling' experience. 

When asked what they learned from playing with Muse, frontman Dan Smith responded: "That stadiums are massive! And that lots of people are cool!" before keyboardist Kyle Simmons added: "And that we definitely aren't good at music."

Dan continued: "Those gigs were something that we never thought we'd do so we just went along to enjoy it, and Muse are really good guys. It was a really interesting line-up and the crowds were great but when you're playing with Muse it puts it all into perspective - everyone was there to see them do what they do best. We were at the bottom of the bill, which is where we completely belong to be but it was fun. We were constantly looking around thinking 'this is mental'."

We caught up with Bastille backstage at Glastonbury this weekend

When quizzed on whether or not the experience made Bastille set their sights on headlining stadiums themselves in the future, Dan answered: "No. I was saying to Woody that I can't imagine anything further away. We're playing two nights at Brixton Academy which is way bigger than anything I thought we'd be capable, but we take it one step at a time."

- Check back for our full interview with the band later.

Bastille play a string of festival dates this summer before a full UK tour in October and November. For more information visit Gigwise gig tickets

Below: Photos: 12 spectacular shots of Muse live at Emirates Stadium, London

  • Opening with 'Supremacy', Muse pulled off yet another unforgettable stadium show.

  • As well as tracks from their later albums, Muse also treated fans to favourites from their 1999 debut such as 'Sunburn' and 'Unintended'.

  • Across their two nights at the Emirates, Muse were supported by Bastille, The 1975 and Dizzee Rascal.

  • Highlights from Muse's hit-packed set included 'Hysteria', 'Plug In Baby', 'Bliss', 'Stockholm Symdrome' and 'Knights of Cydonia'

  • Switching from piano to guitar throughout the set, Matt Bellamy led his band through yet another operatic tour de force.

  • It's no wonder that the people of Coventry thought that Ricoh Arena was on fire when Muse roadtested their stage show there, eh?

  • The weekend also saw Muse perform 'Butterflies and Hurricanes' from 2003's Absolution for the first time since 2011.

  • We've said it before and we'll say it again: no one shreds quite like Matt Bellamy.

  • During 'Blackout', a ballerina was suspended over the crowd from a giant floating lightbulb. You don't get THAT at a Beady Eye show, right?

  • Before taking their huge tour to Europe, Muse will next play the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on 1st June.

  • Muse have also announced a free London show following the premiere of World War Z in St James' Park on Sunday 2 June.

  • At 27 songs, Muse's sets at the Emirates were the longest they've played in their career to date.

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Photo: Lucy Bridger