This year’s edition of Glastonbury Festival (Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts in full) in England came to a close yesterday with a spectacular finale. Glasto is the world’s biggest open air music happening. Famous for its rock and pop concerts, it also hosts dance, cabaret and circus performances.
The festival started off in 1970 with only a mere 1500 visitors. Over the years the concert was not held consecutively for reasons such as riots or superfluous rain. Last year Glastonbury celebrated its 40th birthday. This year 175.000 tickets were sold. Some of the names on the bill: Coldplay, Noah & the Whale, BB King, Janelle Monae, Aloe Blacc, Primal Scream, Wu-Tang Clan, James Blake and many, many others.
U2 headlined Friday evening treating fans to an iconic performance. Last night you could witness a historic performance by Beyoncé, the first female solo artist to headline at the main Pyramid stage. Performing in front of such a massive crowd, consisting of mainly rock fans, may have seemed like a daunting task. B pulled it off effortlessly, proving she is one of thè biggest performers around. In the 90min show she fitted most of her signature hits, some new material and a medley of Destiny’s Child songs. But she also tried to please the rock audience with her own take on Alanis Morissette’s You Oughta Know and Kings of Leon’s Sex On Fire. Those did not impress much. But overall the performance did without a doubt. The singer easily won the crowd over. Backed by her all-female band and a handful of male and female dancers she brought entertainment at its best, flawlessly displaying her vocal ability.
Watch more Beyoncé after the jump or catch some of the most memorable Glasto 2011 performances on this YouTube playlist.