In Photos: Relive IDLES emotional Glastonbury debut

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Crack Magazine photographer Tom Ham was on stage with the band for their historic set.

IDLES, by their own admission, had been waiting to play Glastonbury their whole lives. Last week, after a momentous year and a half following the release of their second album Joy as an Act of Resistance, they finally did it. Taking to the Park Stage on Friday, the Bristol post-punk group delivered a set that felt like the culmination of years of hard graft, with frontman Joe Talbot and guitarist Mark Bowen leading the group in a ferocious run through their biggest tracks.

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A band that pride themselves on honesty and vulnerability, IDLES weren’t afraid to show how much their Glastonbury debut meant to them, with Talbot letting tears flow during a particularly poignant rendition of the group’s breakout hit Danny Nedelko. Joined by his wife and daughter for a brief moment on stage afterwards, it was moving to watch whether you were in the crowd or catching up on iPlayer. Crack photographer Tom Ham joined the group on stage for their set and captured the emotions, the chaos and the sheer joy of it all. Check out his photos in the gallery below.

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