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The summer musical festival scene has felt a little empty this year without the trusty Glastonbury Festival to bring some much needed colour and excitement! Thankfully, the festivities are back in 2019 as we’re all re-invited to the farm once more. In celebration, let’s refresh our memories with a few of Glastonbury’s most iconic moments…
This performance immediately went into the file marked ‘iconic’, with Beyonce owning the stage at Glastonbury in 2011. She engaged with the crowd on a level which was considered rare at the time, with footage of mud-bound festival goers playing on large screens, slick choreography and a setlist which included some of her greatest hits.
The band might be selling out arenas all over the world now, but when Michael Eavis booked them for 2005’s line-up, they weren’t anywhere near as well established. This marked a crucial turning point for Coldplay as well as helping confirm the festival’s ability to pick future superstars from time to time – and Chris Martin’s haunting rendition of ‘The Scientist’ was the talk of the festival afterwards.
Fresh from the launch of OK Computer, Radiohead performed at Glastonbury in 1997, and their set has now gone down in history as one of the most significant live performances the band ever gave, as well as perhaps the greatest Glastonbury set of all time. Members of the band have since detailed how difficult it was to put on a good show that year, with techie difficulties causing them to go into ‘crisis mode’. Meanwhile the festival was deluged with rain, turning the ground swamp-like and causing festival-goers to dig deep and find their anoraks and umbrellas – but it didn’t stop them flocking to see Radiohead.
Iconic Brit Pop legends Pulp were only performing at Glastonbury because of an earlier cancellation by The Stone Roses. However their 1995 headline gig is now part of the festival’s history, with frontman Jarvis Cocker on top form and hits like the evergreen Common People blaring out across the field. The performance marks a high-point not only for Glastonbury, but for the 90’s British music scene itself.
The Smiths, 1984
Booking The Smiths to play at Glastonbury in 1984 was considered to be a strange move back in the ‘80s, as the festival had rarely picked such popular acts to perform, and the band were riding high on waves of success at the time. There were some technical difficulties early in the performance, but it has since become the stuff of legend, with fans joining frontman Morrissey on stage.
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