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Five Greatest Glastonbury Headliners

Glastonbury Festival, often dubbed as the crown jewel of the UK music scene, has played host to some of the most iconic musical acts of all time.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of music lovers flock to the fields of Somerset to witness performances from a diverse range of artists across various genres. With this year's line-up now announced, here's five of our favourites over the years:

1. David Bowie (2000):

In the year 2000, Glastonbury witnessed a performance that would go down in history as one of the most memorable moments in the festival's rich tapestry. David Bowie took to the Pyramid Stage and delivered a masterclass in showmanship and musical prowess. With a career spanning several decades, Bowie effortlessly weaved through his extensive repertoire, treating the audience to hits like "Heroes," "Starman," and "Life on Mars." His ethereal presence and magnetic stage persona left the crowd spellbound, making his Glastonbury headline set an unforgettable experience for all in attendance.

 

2. The Rolling Stones (2013):

When it was announced that The Rolling Stones would headline Glastonbury in 2013, anticipation reached fever pitch. As the sun began to set on the Pyramid Stage, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and company took to the stage, proving that they were still the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world. With an energy and swagger that belied their age, The Stones delivered a set packed with hits, including "Satisfaction," "Paint It Black," and "Sympathy for the Devil." Their Glastonbury performance was a testament to the enduring power of rock music and left fans of all ages exhilarated.

 

3. Beyoncé (2011):

In 2011, Glastonbury made history by welcoming its first-ever solo female headliner in the form of Beyoncé. The Queen Bey dazzled the crowd with a show-stopping performance that showcased her unparalleled talent and stage presence. From high-octane dance numbers to soulful ballads, Beyoncé commanded the stage with effortless grace and charisma. Hits like "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," "Crazy in Love," and "Halo" had the entire festival singing and dancing along, cementing Beyoncé's status as one of the greatest performers of her generation.

 

4. Foo Fighters (2017):

The Foo Fighters' headline performance at Glastonbury in 2017 was a tour de force of rock 'n' roll energy and passion. Fronted by the charismatic Dave Grohl, the band delivered a set that was both electrifying and emotionally resonant. From the anthemic "Everlong" to the high-octane "All My Life," the Foo Fighters had the crowd in the palm of their hands, proving why they are one of the most beloved rock bands of their generation. Their Glastonbury performance showcased the raw power of live music and left an enduring impression on all who witnessed it.

 

5. Adele (2016):

In 2016, Glastonbury welcomed a headliner who captivated audiences with her soulful voice and heartfelt ballads: Adele. Taking to the Pyramid Stage in front of a record-breaking crowd, Adele delivered a performance that was as intimate as it was grandiose. Her powerful vocals soared across the fields of Worthy Farm as she performed hits like "Hello," "Rolling in the Deep," and "Someone Like You." Adele's Glastonbury set was a masterclass in vocal artistry and emotional storytelling, solidifying her status as one of the most compelling performers of her generation and marking a truly unforgettable moment in Glastonbury history.

 

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