Wednesday June 23rd marked the beginning of one of the world’s premiere outdoor musical festivals. Starting that day and continuing through June 26, entertainers, singers and bands of all genres gathered to perform at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in England. Tickets for the high-ticket item, costing approximately 195 Euros (i.e., 280 U.S dollars) went on sale in early October, more than 37 weeks before the festival was set to begin, and sold out in four hours. What began in the 1970s as a traditional rock festival is now an eclectic mix of contemporary music, dance, comedy, theatre, circus and cabaret performances. Headliners such as U2, Coldplay and Beyonce kicked off the festival followed by a plethora of other big name artists and a variety of musical genres ranging from pop, rock, alternative, folk, R&B, rap, indie, electronic, instrumental and dubstep acts.
Despite overcast skies, rain, and lots of mud, the Festival proved to be a crowd pleaser. On Friday Bono and company rocked out in their first music festival since the 80s. That day also saw performances by the pioneering rap group, Wu-Tang, followed by blues guitar legend, B.B. King.
On Sunday Paul Simon made his first appearance at the Festival, while other stages featured strong sets by New York natives, “TV on The Radio” and “Queen of the Stone Age”. Beyonce’s performance on Sunday made a huge splash – easily the most memorable of all the pop performances at this year’s edition of the Festival. The former lead singer of “Destiny’s Child” excited the crowd with a fantastic show featuring fireworks, lights, and, as expected, incredible dance moves. Beyonce single-handedly brought sunshine to a sometimes overcast Glastonbury, and the thousands of attendees who had slept overnight in tents and had to contend with the mud and less than optimal weather conditions.
Also, Coldplay performs their new hit single Every Teardrop is a Waterfall. Check it out below!
Coldplay Performance-Glastonbury 2011