The ‘If I Were A Boy’ singer stunned revellers by playing a number of covers during her energetic set at the world-famous music event in Somerset, South West England, as well as a collection of songs by her girl group Destiny’s Child.
As she began her performance on the Pyramid stage, Beyonce told the 170,000-strong crowd: “I want you to know right now you are witnessing my dream.
“I always wanted to be a rock star and tonight we are all rock stars.”
Beyonce – the first female solo headliner at the event in 25 years – sang Prince’s ‘The Beautiful Ones’, Kings of Leon’s ‘Sex on Fire’ and a rendition of the Eurythmics’ ‘Sweet Dreams’, as well as a Destiny’s Child medley, but her former bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams did not appear alongside her as had been rumoured.
The singer wore a low-cut gold sequinned jacket and black hotpants throughout her 90-minute set, which saw rapper husband Jay-Z and friend Gwyneth Paltrow looking on from the VIP area.
She opened with ‘Crazy in Love’ and wowed the crowds with ‘Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It), as well as latest single ‘Run The World (Girls)’ before closing the festival with ‘Halo’.
Beyonce spent most of the weekend at the festival with her husband, and revealed before her performance she had sought advice from her fellow headliners Coldplay and U2.
She told the BBC: “I’m the biggest fan of U2 and I’m the biggest fan of Coldplay, they are genius, so I’ve spoken to both of them about my setlist. I’m so excited to share the stage with them.
“For Glastonbury to recognise that women have the power to headline, that’s amazing, and I’m proud that I am the chosen woman. I am going to rock!”
The ‘There There’ band will play on festival’s Park stage at 8pm tonight (24.06.11), a spokesperson for the band has confirmed.
Last year, at the festival’s 40th Anniversary, singer Thom Yorke and guitarist Johnny Greenwood played a surprise set on the same stage.
Other secretly booked acts are expected over the weekend and festival co-organiser Emily Eavis said even she isn’t completely sure of all the groups who will be appearing.
She told NME.com: “We are still unsure of exactly who is turning up, mainly because it’s unconfirmed at the moment! I swear I have heard every rumour ‘ even that Led Zeppelin are playing!”
Radiohead will be making one of their first performances since releasing eighth album ‘The King of Limbs’ in February, and it will be their fourth time at the festival as a full band.
The group played in 1994, and have headlined twice, in 1997 ‘ which is regarded as one of the best performances in the festival’s history ‘ and again in 2003
The ‘Brick by Brick’ rockers are not on the bill for the festival, but rumoured to be one of the acts putting in surprise performances, and their arrival onsite all but confirms this.
Dance pop star Example – who was much delayed getting into the festival ‘ tweeted: “I’m not allowed to park my bus behind the stage I’m playing because the Arctic Monkeys have taken our space. And they’re not even playing.”
Although he later added: “I’m actually a massive fan of Arctic Monkeys, so that’s reduced my anger.”
Other surprise performances will include Pulp, who were confirmed this afternoon (24.06.11) to play tomorrow, and Radiohead who stared a surprise set on the Park stage at 20.00 today.
Fans at the show tweeted the set list, which ran ‘Lotus Flower’, ’15 Step’, ‘Magpie’, ‘Little by Little’, ‘All I Need’, ‘Separator’, ‘Give up the Ghost’, ‘Weird Fishes/Arpeggi’, ‘Staircase’, ‘I Might Be Wrong’, ‘Bloom’, ‘Reckoner’, ‘Daily Mail’ and as an encore ‘Street Spirit (Fade Out)’.
The band told the BBC, who are filming most of the festival, that they didn’t want them to broadcast their set, as they wanted it to be special for the fans who are there.
The flamboyant singer’s set on the Pyramid stage also included five songs by his former band The Smiths, including ‘There is a Light That Never Goes Out’, ‘People Are The Same Everywhere’ and ‘Meat is Murder’.
Before the latter track he spoke to the crowd about a recent passing of a British government bill to ban the use of wild animals in circuses, saying the Prime Minister had been against it.
He said: “David Cameron tried to stop it being passed – what a silly twit.”
Morrissey also mentioned the night’s headliners, U2, saying: “I’ll sing as fast as I can, I know you’re all waiting for U2.”
Despite playing at the same time as Radiohead’s secret show and it raining, Morrissey drew a sizeable crowd, and his set was well received.
Tweeting after the show, user native12 wrote: “‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’. Amazing.”
However, his backing band did come in for some flak, with Simon Blackwell tweeting: “In their identical polo-shirt and slacks uniform, Morrissey’s band do look a bit like they work in a garden centre.”
The Irish band thrilled a thoroughly soaked festival crowd with a set comprised of hits spanning their career from ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ to ‘Get on Your Boots’.
The biggest crowd of the day gathered by the Pyramid stage to see the group – Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton ‘ deliver ‘One’, ‘Where the Streets Have no Name’, ‘(Pride) In the Name of Love’, ‘Vertigo’ and ‘Elevation’, among other hits.
The Edge changed guitar between every song, while lead singer Bono wore his trademark sunglasses throughout.
The group were making their first ever Glastonbury appearance, after originally being booked to perform last year, but having to drop out due to Bono needing an urgent operation after sustaining a back injury.
At the end of their first encore track, ‘With or Without You’, Bono sang the words to ‘Love Will Tear us Apart’ by Joy Division, before leading an acapella version of Coldplay’s ‘Yellow’ along with the crowd, which led into ‘Moment of Surrender’.
Afterwards, Bono said: “One more, just because, one more? Because it’s been a while?” Before the band launched into final track ‘Out of Control’.
A BANG operative who witnessed the show said: “They lived up to it tonight ‘ the hype, the biggest band in the world, without a doubt. It was hit after hit after hit for so long.
“It was cold, man, it was wet out there, but they rocked everybody, everybody had a smile on their face. People say all sorts about Bono, but no matter what you think, you can’t argue with that show.”
Following the release of their single ‘Good for Nothing’, Hard-Fi will be headlining the Leftfield stage on Saturday night at Glastonbury. The band will be performing hits from their past two no.1 albums (Stars of CCTV and Once Upon A Time In The West) as well as selections from their forthcoming LP, due out at the end of August. More details to be announced next week.
Their last festival appearance was headlining the Leftfield stage at Glastonbury in 2007 so Saturday’s set will be particularly special for the band. Lead singer Richard Archer had this to say, ‘We’re honoured to have been asked by Billy Bragg to headline that day on the Leftfield Stage at 9.30pm, we’ve very fond memories of the last time we showed up there – it was a really great night and I hope you can make it along and make this one just as special..’
For those not attending the festival this weekend, tickets are selling quickly for their upcoming September UK tour with their London Forum date already sold out. All forthcoming live dates are listed below.
Full UK tour dates:
Sat 25 Glastonbury Festival Leftfield Stage @ 9pm
Wed 21 Norwich Waterfront
Thu 22 Cambridge Junction
Fri 23 London Forum (Sold Out)
Sun 25 Bristol Anson Rooms
Mon 26 Sheffield Leadmill
Tue 27 Glasgow O2 ABC
Thu 29 Newcastle Northumbria University
Fri 30 Manchester Ritz
Sat 1 Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
Hard- Fi are Richard Archer (lead vocals and guitar), Ross Phillips (guitar and backing vocals), Kai Stephens (bass guitar and backing vocals) and Steve Kemp (drums)
The ‘Every Teardrop is a Waterfall’ hitmakers ‘ who will headline the festival in Somerset, South West England, on Saturday (25.06.11) ‘ admitted nerves are already mounting in anticipation of the event, which they believe is “the mother” of all music events.
Guitarist Jonny Buckland said: “It’s the ultimate festival, the mother of all festivals, the peak, and the one we dreamed of playing when we were kids. I’m already feeling nervous!”
Meanwhile, frontman Chris Martin compared receiving the phone call from Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis asking them to perform to being “asked to dance” by ‘Twilight star Robert Pattinson.
He joked: “It was like getting asked to dance by Robert Pattinson if you’re a young girl.”
Coldplay have performed at the festival four times previously, on smaller stages in 1999 and 2000 and headlining in 2002 and 2005.
The band will appear alongside fellow headliners Beyonce Knowles and U2 over the course of the festival and Jonny joked they are hoping the latter play a set which allows them to eclipse them in terms of performance.
He added to NME magazine: “We’re hoping they’ll do a B-sides and rarities set . with no lights. At least we’re definitely taller than U2, by about a foot.
The ‘Single Ladies’ singer ‘ who will perform on the show’s Pyramid Stage as the closing act of the UK festival in Somerset, South West England, on Sunday 26 June – has been feeling anxious about the show, so has secretly rented a studio in London to put in extra rehearsals.
A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “Beyonce is so nervous about the gig she has booked the space for two weeks so she can perfect the set, which will include dizzying pyrotechnics. She’s literally playing with fire.
‘Her performance at Glastonbury is already looking epic. She’s been given a helping hand by Jay-Z and Kanye West who both look set to perform songs with her.’
The 29-year-old singer will also spend the fortnight with her back-up singers, dancers, sound engineers and lighting technicians as she pulls out all the stops for her performance.
Beyonce admitted earlier this year she “cannot wait” to take to the stage at the spectacle.
She said: “This really is the biggest festival in the world and I cannot wait to perform there. Everyone who attends is really appreciative of music and is in such a good mood that entire weekend.
“I’m pumped just thinking about that huge audience and soaking up their energy.”
Beyonce was last at Glastonbury in 2008 with Jay, her husband, who was headlining that year.
The ‘Elevation’ group are headlining the festival this year for the first time ever – after having to pull out of its 40th anniversary in 2010 – and bassist Adam Clayton says they will be “sneaking in” some of the huge pyrotechnics from their 360 Degree world tour for the stage show.
He said: “It’s very un-Glastonbury to have a big production, but we will be sneaking a few things in through the back gate which will hopefully make the experience a little more like Glastonbury on steroids.
“We’re stretching the levels of what can be done. We hope to create a mind blowing experience that reacts well with all the other substances involved.”
The rocker also hinted the group’s set for the British festival will include hits from their celebrated 1991 album ‘Achtung Baby’ album, in honour of its 20th anniversary.
He added: “We want to go back to our 90s work that plays into a certain kind of psychedelia and do something tailored around that, from the Zoo TV to PopMart. This is the 20th anniversary of ‘Achtung Baby’ so there’s a nice connection there and we thought we should mark that.”
U2 headline Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage on Friday June 24. The festival,which runs until June 26, will also see headline sets from Coldplay and Beyonce Knowles.
Beyonce has been announced as one of the headline acts for Glastonbury 2011. Just a few years ago, her husband Jay-Z did the honors, now Mrs Z will be up there on the same stage. “This really is the biggest festival in the world and I cannot wait to perform there. Everyone who attends is really appreciative of music and is in such a good mood that entire weekend,” she said in a statement. “I’m pumped just thinking about that huge audience and soaking up their energy.”
Beyonce will perform a 90-minute set on Sunday, June 26 on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury.
This weekend though, look out for her at the Grammy Awards. Beyonce has been nominated for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance for ‘Halo’ and Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals for ‘Telephone’ with Lady Gaga.
Linkin Park to headline Download Festival. Hot on the heels of last week’s exciting announcement that System of a Down are to headline the Download Festival, organisers have today announced that multi million selling US rockers LINKIN PARK will also headline at the 2011 festival, which takes place 10-12 June. A limited amount of weekend with camping tickets for the Download Festival 2011, plus RIP packages, are on sale now from www.downloadfestival.co.uk . This ‘early bird’ offer ends 5pm Monday 20 December, and includes 3 day and 5 day camping tickets. Organisers have also confirmed that prices will remain the same for Download 2011 as they were in 2010. Organisers have also confirmed that Grammy award winning musician / producer and director Rob Zombie will perform at next year’s Download ‘ an incredible 16 years since he last played the Donington Park site with his then band White Zombie. Since forming in 1996, Linkin Park have gone on to win two Grammy awards and sold over 50 million records worldwide, and they recently released their fourth studio album A Thousand Suns which went No. 1 in 10 countries as well as No. 2 in the UK. Known for unique collaborations with alternative and hip hop artists, Linkin Park’s headlining performance at this year’s Download will be a true highlight of the weekend. Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington said: “We are very excited to be playing Download again next year. It’s one of the best festivals in the world and it’s always an honour to play in front of such a great crowd. We can’t wait!” Rob Zombie founded the metal band White Zombie and has since carved a successful career as a horror producer and director, notably for movies House Of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects. He released his new album Hellbilly Deluxe 2 earlier this year. Live Nation VP of Promotions Andy Copping commented, ‘t’s great to have LINKIN PARK back at Download next year. They’ve always put on a great show and following the success of their recent sold out UK tour, it was essential to have them at Download, where they will deliver their full-on live show.” Over 100,000 fans descended onto Download this year to celebrate 30 years of rock at Donington, making Download the second biggest festival in the UK after Glastonbury. It has the largest Facebook community for a UK festival coming top of the list with a huge 156,000 followers, overtaking the likes of V Festival (133,000), T in the Park (92,000), Glastonbury (90,000), Leeds (25,000) and Reading (21,000). Overall Download’s Facebook community is only second in the world to the I LOVE TECHNO event in Belgium.
De Staat look to enlist UK support bands. After leaving their indelible dirty mark on the audiences at this summer’s Glastonbury and Dot to Dot festivals, Dutch band De Staat have now confirmed a string of headline dates this November. They also release the title track from their album, ‘Wait for Evolution’ as a download which will be available from November 1st. Since their last visit the band has been invited to play New York’s CMJ Conference 19-23 October and have started recording their new album which is expected to be released in March. Live dates are as follows:
Tuesday 2 November London, Camden Barfly doors 7pm, price £7
Wednesday 3 November Bristol, Louisiana doors 7.30pm, price £6
Thursday 4 November Manchester, Deaf Institute doors 7.30pm, price £6
Friday 5 November Nottingham, Bodega doors 7pm, price £6
The band are searching out local bands in these cities to open for them each night. All interested should check out www.destaat.net for information on how to apply.