When thousands of people should be sat on the grass fo Worthy Farm enjoying the 50th anniversary of Glastonbury Festival, we’re forced to reimagine the world of live music given the unprecedented circumstances the world finds itself in.
With the 2020 edition of the event cancelled amid the current pandemic, we’re using the Far Out Magazine vault o deliver a moment of sonic escapism. Here, we’re taking a trip back 20 years to a moment the great David Bowie graced the Pyramid Stage with a career-spanning set.
While Bowie and his band rolled through classic hits taken from the likes if Hunky Dory, Scary Monsters, Diamond Dogs, Ziggy Stardust and more. However, much like the many iconic live performances involving Mr Bowie, there was one song that stands out; Heroes.
The song, so synonymous with contemporary music, transcends a genre, musical penchant or, indeed, politics. Taken from his 12th studio album Heroes, the track was co-written by Bowie and the musical genius of Brian Eno and released first in 1977 as a single, and secondly, as a live release in 1978—it has become one of the shining moments of Bowie’s career and still to this day is favoured as one of his best.
“I often get asked what the best set I’ve seen here at Glastonbury is, and Bowie’s 2000 performance is always one which I think of first,” Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis once said. “It was spellbinding; he had an absolutely enormous crowd transfixed.
“I think Bowie had a very deep relationship with Worthy Farm and he told some wonderful stories about his first time at the Festival in 1971, when he stayed at the farmhouse and performed at 6am as the sun was rising. And he just played the perfect headline set. It really was a very special and emotional show.”
See Bowie’s electrifying performance, below.
David Bowie Glastonbury 2000 Setlist:
- ‘Wild is the Wind’
- ‘China Girl’
- ‘Life on Mars?’
- ‘Absolute Beginners’
- ‘Ashes to Ashes’
- ‘Rebel Rebel’
- ‘Little Wonder’
- ‘Golden Years’
- ‘All the Young Dudes
- ‘The Man Who Sold the World’
- ‘Station to Station’
- ‘Hallo Spaceboy’
- ‘Under Pressure’
- ‘Ziggy Stardust’
- ‘Let’s Dance’
- ‘I’m Afraid of Americans’