Keeping the Glastonbury spirit alive – Part 2
This year’s Glastonbury festival is sadly over, but we’re not quite ready to let go of the Glasto spirit just yet. So we’ve put our heads together here at Mahogany HQ and come up with our 10 favourite moments from the festival over the years. We shared the first instalment last week, and today we’re sharing the second half of our list with you all.
Bon Iver (2009)
We all know that Bon Iver’s ‘Skinny Love’ is a real tear-jerker. But it’s also a real crowd-pleaser, as Justin Vernon and co found out when they played the Other Stage in 2009. Despite playing a set at the Park Stage the previous night, the band still drew a massive crowd and sparked a mass, teary-eyed singalong with an emotive performance of their now signature hit.
Lionel Richie (2015)
The Sunday afternoon ‘legend slot’ has become a much loved Glastonbury staple. Bonafide soul superstar, Lionel Richie, was 2015’s legend and drew a huge crowd to the Pyramid Stage. His set had a real carnival atmosphere and on more than one occasion the veteran performer looked blown away by the response of the massive crowd. Hits like ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’ and ‘Three Times a Lady’ went down a treat, but the biggest cheer of the day by far was saved for ‘All Night Long’, with Lionel’s vocals on the chorus almost drowned out by the crowd singing along.
We literally couldn’t pick a single moment from Beyonce’s 2011 incredible headline set on the Pyramid Stage, so we’ve plumped for her whole set instead. The super-slick, hit packed, all-singing, all-dancing, 90 minute performance was impressive enough, but the fact that Queen Bey was 3 months pregnant at the time makes her performance even more incredible.
Jamie xx (2015)
The very first time we heard Jamie xx’s ‘Loud Places’, with its gospel handclaps, huge drum kicks and stirring chorus, we knew instantly that it would become a festival favourite that summer. Headlining the Park Stage in 2015, Jamie teased the crowd by playing snippets from the track throughout his set, before unleashing it in all it’s hands-in-the-air, euphoric glory at the very end of his show.
Paul McCartney (2004)
Sir Paul McCartney’s headline appearance on the Pyramid Stage in 2004 attracted an enormous crowd and was packed full of classic songs from The Beatles and Wings, every one of which drew a huge response from the crowd. It’s difficult to pick any one standout moment, but his rendition of Hey Jude, with practically the entire 90,000+ strong crowd on backing vocals, is spine-tinglingly special