Glastonbury Festival has had its fair share of iconic moments throughout its history. From the queen divas to the biggest rock stars on the planet, Glastonbury Festival has hosted the biggest names from the music world.
Although Glastonbury 2020 has been cancelled that doesn’t mean we can’t start to get excited for Glastonbury Festival 2021. With that in mind, we’ve pulled together a list of the top highlights (in no particular order) from past Glastonbury Festivals to help build the excitement for next year’s festival.
Making his first appearance at the festival’s second edition in 1971 it was David Bowie’s return nearly 30 years later that stole the headlines. Considered to be one of the greatest headline sets of all time, it’s the perfect blend of incredible showmanship and iconic music. This set is the perfect snapshot of Bowie’s musical genius and displays why we may never see an artist like him again.
Almost 50 years after they formed, 2014 was surprisingly the first time The Rolling Stones headlined Glastonbury, and it’s safe to say that it was worth the wait. None stop classics, mixed with a few cult favourites, a splash of choral vocals, and even a metal phoenix that breathed fire. The group displayed exactly why they’ve had such a long-spanning and fruitful career with a set that firmly deserves its place in Glastonbury history.
Scheduled to be headlining the 50th anniversary of Glastonbury Festival, Paul McCartney proved why he was the perfect choice for this milestone back in 2004. After trying to secure him as a headliner for decades, McCartney displayed why he was at the top of the list for the Eavis’. A set full of classics in front of over 120,000 spectators, it was truly one of those ‘you have to be there’ moments.
This was one of arguably the most controversial bookings, breaking the stronghold of guitar-based rock bands that Glastonbury was known for and it’s safe to say the gamble paid off. Opening the set with his own version of Wonderwall as a shot back at Noel Gallagher who was outspoken about his headline set, Jay-Z went on to pave the way for rap artists at Glastonbury.
When The Stones Roses pulled out of their highly anticipated headline spot in 1995 many festival-goers questioned how Pulp would fill the gap in the billing. Questions that were soon answered by Pulp who stepped up to the plate, and then some! Once again showmanship stole the show as Jarvis Cocker looked born to play at the legendary festival. What started out as a standout headline slot has gone down as one of the best performances in the history of the festival.
Glastonbury Festival has had some iconic moments across it’s long and rich history, too many to list together. What are some of your favourite highlights from Glastonbury Festival?
Will next year’s festival create standout moments that everyone will be talking about for the next 50 years? We certainly think so and there are only 376 days to go!
The Portobello Team