We have waited years to see Mick Jagger strut his stuff on the pyramid stage, hopefully it will be one of those Glasto performances to remember; with so many highlights from years gone by, we highlight some of the most memorable performances of all time:
Oasis delivered their first Glastonbury performance with a swagger and guile of rock n roll giants in waiting. This performance was as fresh and game-changing as anything that decade, with Liam’s snarling vocals complemented by Noel’s simple yet god-like guitar solos. Oasis returned the following year to similar effect, with Robbie Williams joining the stage for a dance-off.
Jay Z’s 2008 inclusion sparked surprise and controversy, with Noel Gallagher stating that the inclusion of a hip-hop artist may have been the reason for such poor ticket sales that year. Jay-Z responded with a mock cover of ‘Wonderwall’, which set the tone for an incredible performance. Glasto has since included a range of alternative artists, increasing popularity further than ever.
Despite the disappointment of losing their Britpop crown to Oasis, Blur were back on magical form to close the 2009 festival, having recently rekindled for some 90s nostalgia. Their extensive back catalogue of smash hits, including Girls and Boys and Tender, combined with an appearance from actor Phil Daniels on ‘Parklife’, was one of the most poignant, and loudest, performances to date.
Whatever bands you watch this year, stay safe!
With so much music to look forward to this year, it’s sure to be a fantastic spectacle – especially after a two-year break since the 2011 festival.
However, please remember that prolonged exposure to loud music can cause hearing problems if you don’t take precautions. Make sure you stand far enough away from speaker systems and take regular breaks from the stage. Also invest in a good set of ear plugs: a range of solutions now exist which preserve speech intelligibility and music quality, meaning that you won’t have to miss out on any of the action.