Keeping the Glastonbury spirit alive – Part 1
Glastonbury 2017 may be over, but we’re not quite ready to give up the Glasto bug just yet. Instead, we’ve put our heads together here at Mahogany HQ and come up with our 10 favourite moments from the festival over the years to help ease you through the Glastonbury blues over the next couple of days.
So, without further ado (and in no particular order) here are is the first instalment of our favourite Glastonbury moments:
David Bowie (2000)
Almost 30 years after he’d last performed at Glastonbury, David Bowie headlined the Pyramid Stage in 2000 and his set-closing rendition of ‘Heroes’ is one of the most iconic performances ever seen at Worthy Farm.
The xx and Florence Welch (2010)
Fresh from their recent Mercury Prize win, The xx played to a packed John Peel stage in 2010. Not long before the festival the band had shared an unofficial remix of Florence & The Machine’s version of You’ve Got The Love and treated the Glasto crowd to their first ever live performance of the track. As if that wasn’t a big enough treat, the band were joined onstage by an unannounced guest – none other than Florence Welch herself. The moment the crowd realises what’s happening is just magical.
Ben Howard (2013)
Ben Howard’s afternoon set on the Pyramid Stage in 2013 will live long in the memory of anyone lucky enough to have watched it live. In glorious sunshine, the Devonshire folk hero had the audience in the palm of his hand, culminating in 50,000 people singing along to ‘Only Love’ – a performance that still leaves me with goosebumps.
The announcement that Jay-Z would headline Glastonbury in 2008 generated a fair bit of controversy. Chief amongst those critics was former Oasis frontman, Noel Gallagher, who claimed that hip-hop had no place at Glastonbury. In response, Jay-Z served up an incredible medley of hits from his lengthy back catalogue, kicked off with a tongue in cheek performance of Oasis hit ‘Wonderwall’
The Rolling Stones (2013)
2013 was the year that Michael Eavis finally managed to convince The Rolling Stones to headline Glastonbury after years of trying. And boy was it worth the wait. The iconic rockers drew a record crowd to the Pyramid Stage and performed with an energy and verve that puts bands 30 years their junior to shame.