In our build up to Glastonbury we delve deep into the Far Out Vault to remember some iconic moments from the Pyramid Stage at Worthy Farm.
Kicking things off, we do what everyone should do when remembering musical mastery, search for anything with David Bowie involved. 19 years ago the Thin White Duke and his band rocked up at Glasto and laid down a performance that is etched in the history books of the event.
To put into words the magnitude of the moment, Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis once said: “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.
“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.”
Such was the enormity of Bowie’s performance, Glastonbury released a live album and DVD to relive his headline slot on the Sunday night of June 25th, 2000. The album marks the first time the full video and audio of the performance are released and 18 years after it took place, no less.
Rolling through his extensive back catalogue in a set that stretch 17 songs, Bowie came back to the stage to perform and encore of ‘Ziggy Stardust’, ‘Hereos’, ‘Let’s Dance’ and ‘I’m Afraid of Americans’.
Let’s enjoy one of those, shall we? Also, check below for the full stream of the live album