Glastonbury Round-Up

The biggest music festival in the world came to a close last night with an epic headline set from Coldplay, let’s take a quick round up of the best performances of the 3 day extravaganza.

On Friday the headliners were Muse and although I am not a fan of their music, I can appreciate that they gave it a great go and thoroughly entertained with their back catalogue. Other big hitters on the first day of the festival were Bastille (who release their new single and album this coming week) and red haired pop star Jess Glynn.

Saturday was the day everyone was waiting for as Adele made her Glasto debut (although she did play in a tent at the festival when she was 16). The multi award winner and biggest selling female artist had a headline set that I’m sure we will all be talking about forever just like we did when Beyoncé headlined a few years ago. Although the ballad riddled singer wasn’t everyone’s idea of a suitable headline act, she pulled out all the stops and delivered something different but incredible all the same. From her banter with the crowd, taking selfies with Brazilians and obviously belting out every song you love of hers, it was a special moment in the festivals history.

80’s band Madness and recent No.1 album singer/songwriter Tom Odell made up some of the other great performances on Saturday while Sunday was made special in the Legends slot by ELO’s Jeff Lynne.

My surprise favourites of the entire festival (after Adele and Coldplay obvs) was last nights closing performance on the other stage by disco legends Earth, Wind and Fire. I didn’t realise just how many hits they had, their set was amazing and was worthy of the main stage.

But the festival belonged to one band and that was last nights and the festivals most returning headline act, Coldplay. The band have been top of the bill four times now and each time they get better. Performing for over 90 minutes, fans were not disappointed as they crammed in every hit as well as some songs from their latest album, it was a full Coldplay concert at Glastonbury. Fireworks, confetti, costume changes (OK, it was only a t-shirt) and the inclusion of a tribute to Viola Beach who sadly lost their lives in a freak accident earlier this year made the night a special one. The set also included tributes to Muhammad Ali and Bee Gee’s frontman Barry Gibb joined the band on stage for some disco which got the crowd ‘stayin alive’.

The moment of the entire festival came at the very end of last nights headline set when frontman Chris Martin invited festival founder Michael Eavis on stage to conclude proceedings. Singing a rendition of Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way’, Eavis got to headline his own festival. It was a moment that will go down in history and a proud moment for the music mogul who created the festival over 45 years ago.

All in all, this was one of the best Glastonburys I have ever witnessed. What will next year bring? Who will headline? I’m sure it won’t be too long until the rumour mill starts turning.


By @Kenneth_Giles

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