Glastonbury 2016

Glastonbury 2016

As another amazing Glastonbury festival comes to an end with fantastic performances by MuseFatBoy SlimJames, Damon AlbarnAsh, a David Bowie tribute and New Order, we give our own review of the greatest festival on UK soil.

First held in 1970 the day after Jimi Hendrix died, Glastonbury lasted over two days and before long “word had got around”. A Blues festival at the Bath & West Showground had inspired Michael Eavis to begin a festival of his own although on a smaller scale.

Muse closed Friday night and from start to end with the belting crescendo of their signature send-off Knights of Cydonia, the incredible scale of their songs kept the Glasto crowd enthralled.

The current queen of pop, Adele, decided it was about time she accepted that Glastonbury request, despite having remained absent from the festival circuit for years. Taking on the Pyramid Stage's Saturday night slot previously held by The Rolling StonesMetallica, and Kanye West.

New Order closed the Other Stage on Saturday with footage of divers at the 1936 Olympics to preface their headline appearance. Bernard Sumner led a fantastic set, stuffed to the gunnels with classic New Order tracks ending with Joy Division's emotive Love will Tear us Apart.

Coldplay played out Glastonbury's grand finale, with a little help from Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees joining the band for two Bee Gee covers: To Love Somebody and what Chris Martin called "the greatest song of all time", Stayin' Alive.

Where Oasis and Blur had drawn the crowds in previous years, this year Coldplay played out on Sunday night in style, with fireworks and rainbow glitter cannons lifting the spirits of rain-soaked revellers.

Previous years also saw many artists we stock original posters for including The Libertines, Kings of Leon, Manic Street Preachers, Moby, Primal Scream, Prodigy and Pulp, Radiohead, Stereophonics, Rod Stewart and U2.

All in all a muddy one, dampened slightly by the good old British weather, the decision to leave the EU and David Cameron's resignation on Friday. We look forward to 2017!

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