Glastonbury Festival 2011

Forced to cancel last year's Glastonbury Festival appearance due to Bono's back injury, U2 make it safely on to the Pyramid Stage to headline Friday and, despite the rain, ably demonstrate why they are one of the biggest bands in the world.

The rain might be continuous, but so are U2’s hits. 'Beautiful Day', 'Vertigo', and 'The Fly' all feature, along with 'Where the Streets Have No Name', 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For' and Pride (In the Name of Love).

On Saturday, the Pyramid Stage headliners are Coldplay who treat us to another hit filled set that includes 'Yellow’, 'The Scientist’, 'Politik’, 'Viva la Vida’, 'Clocks’ and 'Fix You’. While U2 added an extra screen either side of the stage, Coldplay light up the Pyramid Stage literally with an explosion of colour on the front and sides and more lasers than the Starship Enterprise.

Not to be outdone, Sunday’s Pyramid Stage headliner Beyoncé fires up the pyrotechnics as she starts a memorable show with two of her biggest hits in 'Crazy in Love’ and 'Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)’.

The Park Stage has 'special guest’ slots scheduled on Friday and Saturday and huge crowds gather both days as the news spreads that it’s going to be Radiohead and Pulp.

Despite the rain, Radiohead’s set on Friday goes down well with the band playing their more recent material, including songs from their new album King of Limbs. The last song is 'Street Spirit’ which is greeted with a huge roar from a very damp crowd.

The weather is kinder for Pulp on Saturday and the band are on top form. The set includes 'Do You Remember the First Time?’, 'Something Changed’, 'Disco 2000’, 'Babies’, 'Mis-Shapes’, and 'This Is Hardcore’. Pulp close with 'Common People’ and thousands join in, singing along from start to finish.

Topping the bill on the Other Stage are Primal Scream, The Chemical Brothers and Queens of the Stone Age, while the West Holts Stage is headlined by Cee Lo Green, Big Boi and Kool & the Gang.

Over on the John Peel Stage, DJ Shadow, Glasvegas, and The Streets take the top spots, while Crystal Castles, Wild Beasts and Gruff Rhys headline the Park Stage.

The festival, the 29th to be held at Worthy Farm, took place from Wednesday 22nd June to Sunday 26th June and was attended by 135,000 ticket holders plus performers and crew.

Tickets went on sale at 9am on 3rd October 2010 and sold out in 4 hours.


Friday - Line-up and videos

Main stage line-ups plus videos of U2 performing 'I Will Follow' on the Pyramid Stage, U2's post gig interview with Zane Lowe and Jo Whiley, and Chase & Status on the West Holts Stage with 'Blind Faith'. /more

Friday - U2

Having been forced to cancel last year's Glastonbury Festival appearance due to Bono's back injury, U2 make it safely on to the Pyramid Stage tonight and ably demonstrate why they are one of the biggest bands in the world. /more


Saturday - Line-up and videos

Main stage line-ups plus video of Coldplay performing 'Every Teardrop is a Waterfall' on the Pyramid Stage, Other Stage headliners The Chemical Brothers with 'Don't Think', and Janelle Monae on the West Holts Stage performing 'Tightrope'. /more


Sunday - Line-up and videos

Main stage line-ups plus video of Beyonce performing Irreplaceable' on the Pyramid Stage, Beyoncé interviews before and after her set, and Pendulum also on the Pyramid Stage with 'Watercolour' /more

Sunday - Jake Bugg

Third from the top of the BBC Introducing Stage bill on Sunday at Glastonbury 2011 is 17 year-old Nottingham singer-songwriter Jake Bugg. /more


External links

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