Posted in music on June 25, 2007

I missed a lot of the regulars the first time around, so here's a few more....

The Hold Steady
Glastonbury 2007

The New Pornographrers
Glastonbury 2007

Rufus Wainwright
Glastonbury 2007

Amy Winehouse
Glastonbury 2007

Arcade Fire
Glastonbury 2007

The Maccabbees
Glastonbury 2007

Arctic Monkeys
Glastonbury 2007

Patrick Wolf
Glastonbury 2007

Bjork
Glastonbury 2007

GLASTONBURY (Reuters) - Rivers of mud and driving rain frustrated fans trying to leave Glastonbury on Monday after three days of music, dance and poetry at the world's biggest greenfield music and arts festival.

Thousands of festival-goers, who frolicked in mud over three days and braved torrential rain to see rock godfathers The Who close out Glastonbury on Sunday, struggled to take down tents, pack up sodden clothes and trudge to the exits.

Student Nicky Salmon, who said she had grooved at Glastonbury's Dance Village no matter what the weather, was now grimly determined to face the epic journey home.

"I am not worried about leaving because of the organization behind the event, but the mud will make it a very long process," she said.

Even Welsh diva Shirley Bassey found that, although Glastonbury's weather was not a showstopper, it could snarl your plans to get home smoothly.

The bad weather forced Bassey's helicopter to land in a school field late on Sunday as she was flying home after electrifying the crowd of almost 180,000 attending the festival in southwest England, the BBC reported.

Bassey, known for her powerful voice and James Bond theme songs, and dressed in a sequined pink dress, belted out a set that included Bond theme "Goldfinger," "Big Spender" and "The Lady is a Tramp" to riotous applause.

Collingwood College principal Jerry Oddie said on Monday that bad weather made the school field the best landing site.

Caretakers let Bassey out of the locked grounds in the early evening and she popped into the home of a resident in the town for a cup of tea and a chance to freshen up.

"The weather here was terrible last night and I suppose the pilot took one look at our school field, which is very big, and decided to put down there," Oddie said.

CHURNED MUD

The green meadows of Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis's farm have been turned into a sea of churned mud on which an army of revelers frantically wrestled with tent pegs and poles while brightly colored tents flapped in the rain.

Many are expected to abandon their camping gear after a call from festival organizers and charity Global Hand, who plan to clean up any abandoned gear and donate it to those in need across the world as part of their Give Me Shelter campaign.

Tractors came out in force to tug some of the 40,000 cars that sank into the mud while their owners partied to the sounds of such bands as the Manic Street Preachers, Kaiser Chiefs, American indie rock kings The Killers, Iggy Pop and many more over three days.

revelers in snarled traffic around the festival will still have Glastonbury's last night ringing in their ears after a storming performance by The Who in heavy rain.

Original Who members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, accompanied by drummer Zak Starkey and bassist Pino Palladino, ran through hits from "My Generation" and "Pinball Wizard" to Townshend's anthem of political disillusion "Won't Get Fooled Again."

As they sang songs spanning their 40-year career, a screen at the back of the stage showed images from the 1960s and 1970s

"It may be muddy, it may be wet but you were fantastic!" Daltrey shouted at the end as he embraced Townshend.

Earlier, the Manic Street Preachers were joined during their set by singer Nina Persson from Sweden's The Cardigans for their hit song "You're Love Alone Is not Enough."

As the sun set on the mud-covered but ecstatic crowd, the Kaiser Chiefs confirmed their reputation as one of Britain's most popular performing bands, earning a frenzied response with hits such as "I Predict a Riot" and "Ruby."

Tractors spread straw and woodchips as paths became harder to negotiate, but most festival-goers in brightly colored ponchos and rubber Wellington boots danced undaunted.

"It's gone very well in spite of the rain, in spite of the mud," festival founder Michael Eavis said on Sunday.

"The show compensates for the weather ... the sun's not everything."

More than 1,200 people had been injured by Sunday, mostly with sprains and bruises from slipping in the mud at the farm which first held a small, hippy music festival in 1970.

organizers said the flooding would have been much worse without the new 100,000 pound ($199,000) drainage system and other precautions installed by 71-year-old Eavis. [Reuters]

All pictures courtesy of the BBC.

Previously
* Tokyo Police Club add 2nd NYC show + played Glasto
* Bloc party add NYC show - playing Glastonbury
* pictures from Glastonbury 2007 - it was wet & muddy

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Comments (32)

the hold steady sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2007 3:06 PM

ditto

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2007 3:21 PM

Even the Brits like the Hold Steady? Well, they do like Springsteen, so I guess they like rehased Springsteen as well.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2007 3:35 PM

"The Hold Steady sucks". Blah, blah, fucking blah. We get the point already. A lot of you don't like the band. We get it. These predictable comments are as boring as you guys claim their music is.

Posted by Joe | June 25, 2007 4:25 PM

"the hold steady sucks?" That's ALL we get on a post with pictures of arcade fire and amy winehouse?? Come on guys, you're letting me down.

BV, maybe you should sneak in a picture of lily allen to wake everyone up and get the snark quotient back up to respectable levels

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2007 4:51 PM

Arguing on message boards about music: SERIOUS BUSINESS

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2007 5:23 PM

I'll tell you what is "SERIOUS BUSINESS", the amount to which the Hold Steady suck...that, my friend, is SERIOUS BUSINESS.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2007 10:27 PM

The Hold Steady? Is big in the U.K.? Britain is boring again!

Posted by Jack | June 26, 2007 8:42 AM

this year was good but it could have been hot as it was not on last year hope it will be good next year hope to see more of you there

Posted by chris security guard | June 26, 2007 1:44 PM

Just got back to NYC from Glastonbury last night; talk about more mud than you've ever seen in your life, but those Brits sure know how to throw a party. Definitely highlights: Arcade Fire were amazing; Tokyo Police Club great; solid set from the Fratellis; the Killers, who I don't even really like, put on an amazing show; Modest Mouse was a great way to start the day, and man, I don't even remember who else I saw (oh yeah, a half-asleep Amy Winehouse and stumbled across two different Fat Boy Slim DJ sets, one of which really sucked, one of which only kinda sucked, among other stuff). But the music is only the half of it there, just an amazing scene.

Posted by Zaph | June 26, 2007 3:03 PM

Who the fuck are The Hold Steady? I was there, don't remember there being a massive fuss like this about them at the festival!

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2007 3:04 PM

ref : The Hold Steady? Is big in the U.K.? Britain is boring again!

Posted by Jack | June 26, 2007 8:42 AM

Who the fuck are the hold steady? there was quite a few shit bands at glastonbury and quite a few outstanding bands....you have got to take the good with the bad, and push aside all the crap you dont like! - Britain may be fucked up and sliding down hill thanks to the goverment - but the music front in Britain and throught the UK is far from boring!

Myspace.com/davidgard

Posted by dave | June 26, 2007 3:10 PM

everyone can watch the glastonbury live shows again and see lots of pics at http://www.bbc.co.uk/glastonbury/

Posted by dave | June 26, 2007 3:26 PM

Very Cool@

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Posted by fag bearings | November 10, 2009 11:19 PM

Polish Przystanek Woodstock is bigger, 450 cardinal folks attended this year.

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Posted by 642-845 | February 10, 2010 5:40 AM

James Osterburg is 60 years of age . His alto ego Iggy Pop never got accomplished 20. The Stooges' seminal achievement at Glastonbury 2007 is final affidavit that age is extraneous , if it comes to arena around-the-clock bedrock and roll. If any of today's " top " bands can still play to that akin of atrocity forty years from now, appear aback and let me know....

Posted by 640-816 | February 10, 2010 5:41 AM

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Posted by granite countertops | March 6, 2010 11:19 AM

Wish I could have been there for that.

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Posted by Youtube | April 15, 2010 9:52 AM

Me and the wife went in 2007. Such a brilliant event. 2014 tickets going on sale in the this weekend I believe?

Posted by James Harper | September 19, 2014 10:10 AM

oops. Forgot to say, we had a massive issue at Glasto losing our friends on a regular basis. A company called NFC are apparently launching a tracking system that people can use to find their friends of lose a family member. Seems like a good idea to me. All based on GPS and RFID?

Posted by Asset Tracking | September 19, 2014 10:15 AM

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