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Glastonbury 2015: Justin Vernon joined The Staves & Kanye, who got dissed by the Who; the Dalai Lama joined Patti Smith; Florence covered Foo Fighters; Libertines showed up & more

Glastonbury 2015 (photo by @amandinechx)
Glastonbury

Very little of what I remember happened after this point. #kanyewest #justinvernon

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The huge 2015 Glastonbury Festival went down over the weekend, and it was full of surprises. Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon showed up twice, once during Kanye West‘s set and another time during The Staves. A guest came out during Patti Smith‘s set too, but not a musical one: it was the Dalai Lama. Though the Foo Fighters had to drop off due to Dave Grohl’s broken leg, Florence and the Machine took over their headlining set and covered “Times Like These” as a tribute to them. (Much like The Killers did for Kings of Leon at Firefly the previous weekend, after lightning cancelled the latter’s set.) The Libertines showed up to play a surprise set. And Lionel Richie played a hits-filled set to a huge crowd, stretching from Commodores faves like “Brick House” to “Dancing on the Ceiling” and “All Night Long.”

Oo what a feeling, when we're dancing on the ceiling #lionelritchie #glastonbury

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On Justin Vernon’s appearance with Kanye, NME writes:

A pink flare lit up the sky above thousands of fans as acoustic guitars marked the introduction of ‘FourFiveSeconds’, and the lack of both Paul McCartney and Rihanna for that song suggested that there would be no guests during the set, but Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) was revealed to be providing backing vocals when smoke cleared during ‘Lost In America’ and ‘Can’t Hold My Liquor’. Vernon, dressed in black t-shirt and baseball cap with headphones on, was introduced by West as “one of the baddest white boys on the planet.”

‘Ye also led the crowd in a singalong of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and then called himself the “greatest living rock star” on the planet during his set, which The Who mocked during theirs. He also had some pretty hilarious subtitles of his lyrics on screen during BBC’s broadcast of the festival:

As for Justin Vernon‘s appearance with UK folk pop band The Staves, he came out to sing “Make It Holy” off their 2014 album, If I Was, which he recorded and produced at his April Base Studios in Eau Claire. Watch a video of that, and a video of Kanye’s full set (via Nah Right) below.

Part of Patti Smith‘s reason for bringing out the Dalai Lama was his 80th birthday. NME writes:

“We are grateful to him for all his love of humanity and making people aware of the importance of saving the planet,” she said, before reading a poem she had written for him. Glastonbury’s Emily Eavis then bought The Dalai Lama onto the stage to huge cheers from the crowd. “I think it would be nice if Glastonbury wished The Dalai Lama a happy birthday,” said Smith, before leading the audience in a rousing rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’.

The Dalai Lama then blew out a single candle on a cake made of fruit, before cutting it. “Thank you, thank you,” he said. “Dear brothers and sisters, I really appreciate so many people’s expression of warm feeling.” He then went on to joke about the age of Smith and her band. “These singers and musicians have white hair, but they look very youthful! That gives me encouragement, I should be more like you – more active!”

Video of Patti and the Dalai Lama, plus videos of the Libertimes, Florence covering the Foos, setlists and more, below…

Kanye full set (ft. Justin Vernon appearance, Queen cover, more)

The Staves – “Make It Holy” (ft. Justin Vernon)

Kanye Setlist
‘Stronger’
‘Power’
‘Niggas In Paris’
‘Black Skinhead’
‘All Day’
‘Cold’
‘Clique’
‘Don’t Like’ (Chief Keef cover)
‘Mercy’
‘New Slaves’
‘Blood On The Leaves’
‘Heartless’
‘I Wonder’
‘Four Five Seconds’
‘Woods’ (Bon Iver cover)
‘Lost In The World’
‘Handle my Liquor’
‘No Church In The Wild’
‘Jesus Walks’
‘Diamonds From Sierra Leone’
‘Bound 2′
‘Runaway’
‘Only One’
‘Touch The Sky’
‘All Of The Lights’
‘Touch The Sky’
‘Good Life’
‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ (Queen cover)
‘Can’t Tell Me Nothing’
‘Gold Digger’
‘All Falls Down’

The Libertines – “Don’t Look Back Into The Sun”

Libertines Setlist
“Delaney”
“Vertigo”
“Time For Heroes”
“Horrorshow”
“Can’t Stand Me Now”
“The Ha Ha Wall”
“Gunga Din” (new song)
“Music When The Lights Go Out”
“What Katie Did”
“The Boy Looked At Johnny”
“Boys In The Band”
“You’re My Waterloo”
“Handsome” (Pete Doherty solo song)
“Death On The Stairs”
“The Good Old Days”
“Tell The King”
“I Get Along”
“What A Waster”
“Don’t Look Back Into The Sun”

Patti Smith and Dalai Lama

Florence and the Machine – “Times Like These” (Foo Fighters cover)

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