Glastonbury returned in triumphant fashion this past weekend and it’s the first time I feel like I’ve been really properly involved - to the extent of even checking through the lineups and making a list of what I wanted to track down if possible. It wasn’t all available to watch from the comfort of my sofa, but I think I did the best job I could and caught much of the fun from the weekend. Here are a handful of my favourite moments, starting with the first and most important.
Also bonus messages from Zelensky in Ukraine, and Greta Thunberg on climate.
The weekend started off well with Blossoms doing a great set and reminding me why I love their music (not so much their fashion choices). The band took things one step further though and brought out the legend that is Mel C to do Spice Up Your Life. That was brilliant, but then when Tom realised they hadn’t thought their set list through properly, that they would now have to follow Mel C with their own song, that was a lot of fun.
I wasn’t so bothered about Paul McCartney’s set, I like the classics but generally the Beatles and Paul’s back catalogue aren’t unmissable for me. However, bringing out Dave Grohl was great, only to be swamped by the Boss turning up. Bruce actual Springsteen. It made me think, and not in a chest-thumping feminist way, but do we have two legendary female artists of advancing age that would have this same effect? I struggled to think of any, so perhaps we are not there yet. But there are plenty of budding legends in the making so watch this space, Glasto.
The Missing Moment
Griff did a brilliant early set on the John Peel stage. Sigrid later popped up on the same day on the same stage for another banging performance. Both of them sang their shared song Head on Fire. But they didn’t sing it together? A missed moment, surely?
So many great sets worth mentioning. Years & Years - incredible. George Ezra’s secret set - what festivals are made for. HAIM - doing the business as only they can.
Also, must mention moment:
Can’t wait to see what next year brings!