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Whether you've got Glastonbury FOMO or you're in an, erm, Glastonbury COMA, reliving the weekend's best moments just might help put a spring in your step today. From Kanye forgetting his words to Patti Smith's very well dressed friend, allow us to take you right back there. Until next year...
1. When the (ahem) ‘greatest living rock star on the planet’ took to the stage.
Kanye West’s headline gig on Saturday night was always going to be polarising but whether you love him or loathe him, whether you secretly enjoyed his rendition of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ or if you totally welcomed comedian Lee Nelson’s stage invasion (that Taylor Swift has a lot to answer for!), there’s no denying he was the talk of the weekend. And nothing, not even neglecting to know the words to the classic Queen anthem (only a few million people noticed) was going to stand in his way.
2. When Florence did Foo Fighters’ fans proud
It’s not easy headlining a festival the size of Glastonbury. It’s even harder when you’re headlining a festival the size of Glastonbury with a week’s notice after Foo Fighters have had to pull out, and a lot of Foo Fighters fans will inevitably be watching your set. But Florence did so, with much grace and style. And her cover of the Foos’ ‘Times Like These’ was touchingly one of the most magical highlights in her spectacular show.
3. When Patti Smith made a new friend
Patti’s Pyramid Stage performance was positively rocking, signing off with a cover of Who’s ‘My Generation’ and shrieking, ‘I fell on my ass at Glastonbury because I’m an animal!’ But perhaps the most extraordinary moment was when she brought the Dalai Lama on stage in the middle of her set and presented him with a cake to mark his 80th birthday.
4. When Lionel Richie drew in more crowds than like, anyone else
He didn’t play ‘Easy’ (in favour of a rendition of USA For Africa’s ‘We Are The World’) but no one cared because Lionel Richie’s funky yet slightly emosh (just us?) set got EVERYONE going. An estimated 100,000 watched him in action. And for anyone nursing a hangover on Sunday afternoon, the BBC’s coverage of the gig was Just. The. Ticket. Any wonder that Sunday Legends slot is becoming more coveted than the Saturday night headliner?
5. When The Libertines shined on (like crazy diamonds)
It wouldn’t be Glastonbury without secret gigs thrown in and so it was with a highly enthusiastic tip of the trilby that The Libertines were welcomed as the Pyramid Stage’s ‘special guests’ on Friday. Between Carl and Pete’s renewed chemistry, nostalgic classics and cool new tracks, it was a solid, pretty special set.