Glastonbury should be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Just as it should have been last year. However, with the event cancelled, it’s expected that the extra special edition will now take place in the summer of 2022.
However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t celebrate the festival this year. And what better way to do so than looking back on some of the best headline slots from yesteryear. That’s right, load up YouTube and enjoy some of the very finest music during your slingo bingo gaming or online slot play…
David Bowie’s 2000 headline slot is often considered as the very best headline slot at the festival and was jam-packed with classics. Bowie played the likes of China Girl, Changes, Life on Mars?, Ashes to Ashes, and many more, finishing with a rousing encore of Ziggy Stardust, Heroes, Let’s Dance, and I’m Afraid of Americans.
It was a big year for the festival, with The Chemical Brothers and Travis the other headliners, while the likes of the Pet Shop Boys, The Wailers, David Gray, and Basement Jaxx.
The Arctic Monkeys first performed at Glastonbury as headliners in 2007, and were back in 2013 to provide one of the most memorable sets in the festival’s history. The band’s frontman, Alex Turner, had completely transformed his approach and style during the six years and at points it seemed like Elvis Presley was on the stage rather than a young man from Sheffield.
Has there been a more iconic entrance to a Glastonbury stage? Beyonce wowed the 200,000 strong audience in 2011, while over two and a half million people watched at home on television, the largest ever audience for a single performance.
She opened up with Crazy in Love in a spine-tingling moment, as the likes of Coldplay and her husband Jay-Z, watched on in the pit. It changed the festival forever, and paved the way for more mainstream pop to feature on the Pyramid Stage.
The Boss was part of one of the strongest set of headliners ever in 2009, which saw Neil Young and Blur also end evenings on the Pyramid Stage. He played a plethora of big hits, including The River, Born to Run and Dancing in the Dark, as well as Patti Smith hit Because The Night, which was originally penned by the New Jersey native.
Stormzy became the first British rapper to headline Glastonbury in 2019 and was an inspired choice with him delivering a mesmerizing set, with him even bringing on Glasto stalwart Chris Martin on stage. He delivered no encore, just finished off with Big For Your Boots, the perfect ending.