After having a year off, Glastonbury festival will re-emerge in a couple of months headlined by The Rolling Stones, Arctic Monkeys and Mumford & Sons. Personally speaking we can’t wait to catch Chic, The Horrors, Major Lazer and Tyler, The Creator whilst gently picking off bits off mud from our wellies. Frankly, it got us in the mood to countdown our favourite Glasto performances.
1. David Bowie (2000)
With a flowing blonde barnet that referenced his The Man Who Sold The World album cover, The Dame graced Pilton with a hit packed set which joyfully jumped from Life On Mars? to Rebel Rebel and Hallo Spaceboy. Here’s one of our favourites – China Girl. All together now: “Oh, oh, oh…”
2. Pet Shop Boys (2010)
PSB injected Glastonbury with a much needed electropop shock with their hit-tastic set in 2010. They pulled out all the stops, with a stage set that featured dances dresses as part of New York City, kings robes and cubed boxes covering their faces. There was even a confetti cannon. Woah. A masterful lesson in how to do a festival slot.
3. Beyonce (2011)
Question! With a hit packed show from Madonna yet to materialize, which globe conquering popstar would be great to headline Glasto? Beyonce of course. Featuring tracks from her 4 album, the highlight was this medley of Destiny’s Child hits (plus Gaga’s Telephone thrown in for good measure).
4. Pulp (1995)
At the height of their Different Class era fame, Pulp debuted their song Sorted For E’s and Whizz at Glasto. Watch as Jarvis Cocker introduces the track wiht a ‘rave’ referencing preamble. Classic.
5. The xx and Florence (2010)
Florence surprised everyone when she popped onstage at the end of The xx set for a rendition of their remix of her version of You Got The Love. Shaping shifting her vocal chords into the sonically tweaked sounds on the remix, the question that had to be asked was: how does she do that with her voice?