English band Kasabian has closed the 2014 Glastonbury Festival with a powerful, bombastic set that drew tens of thousands to the Pyramid Stage.
Kasabian covered Fatboy Slim’s Praise You and Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy, and paid tribute to soul legend Bobby Womack, who died this weekend.
“Ten years ago, we opened the Other Stage, when I was just 23,” said Tom Meighan.
“Thank you for this, Glastonbury. So much respect.”
The stage was lit in pink as the band took the stage shortly before 22:00 BST, launching into Bumblebee, the first song from their new album 48:13.
It was Kasabian’s first headline slot at Glastonbury, but lead singer Tom Meighan was an effective rabble rouser.
Kasabian, who have never taken themselves too seriously, brought comedian Noel Fielding onstage dressed as Vlad the Impaler during the song of the same name.
Kasabian has closed the 2014 Glastonbury Festival with a powerful, bombastic set that drew tens of thousands to the Pyramid Stage
Tom Meighan also changed the song’s refrain to “Bobby Womack – see you on the other side” in respect of the late soul star, whose hit song Across 110th Street played on the PA before Kasabian took the stage.
Compared to the po-faced Metallica and the self-consciously quirky Arcade Fire, Kasabian appeared to be enjoying their headline slot.
In the event, Kasabian drew a slightly bigger audience (an estimated 100,000) than either of the other headliners – but not as big as Dolly Parton earlier on Sunday.
The final day of the Glastonbury festival opened with a performance from the English National Ballet, who paid tribute to those who died in World War One.
Their performance, Dust, was choreographed by Akram Khan, who helped put together the opening of the London 2012 Olympics with Danny Boyle.
Sombre but powerful, the performance moved some in the early morning audience to tears.
Other acts on the final day included Ed Sheeran, who played the Pyramid Stage unaccompanied, using his acoustic guitar and a series of effects pedals.
Despite breaking several strings along the way, Ed Sheeran was warmly welcomed by the crowd in the mid-afternoon heat.
On The Other Stage, Ellie Goulding delivered an energetic, full-throttle run-through of her biggest dance hits as the sun set, while Disclosure brought several special guest vocalists – including Eliza Doolitle, Sam Smith and Aluna Francis to their headline set at the West Holts stage.
Against the bombast of Kasabian, Glastonbury organizers had programmed some more mellow bands to aid the come-down at the end of the festival.
Massive Attack’s hushed version of Teardrops was a highlight on The Other Stage, while London Grammar’s lush, melancholy album If You Wait drew huge crowds to the John Peel Stage.
However, Dolly Parton was the star turn of the day, if not the festival.
Dolly Parton, 68, charmed the crowd with her ornery banter and diamante-studded hairpiece, and led lusty singalongs to hits such as 9 to 5, Jolene and I Will Always Love You.
The mud will be traded for traffic jams during Monday as the 175,000 revelers leave Worthy Farm and head back home.
Glastonbury festival organizer Michael Eavis has confirmed the event will be back next year, and that he’s already booked all three headliners.
Prince – widely rumored to top the bill this year – is still refusing to come to Somerset, but at least one of the bands will be coming from abroad.
Dolly Parton took to the Pyramid Stage on day three of this year’s Glastonbury festival.
The country singer has drawn a huge crowd for her debut Glastonbury set, performing some of her biggest hits as thousands of fans chanted her name.
The audience was larger than that for Friday and Saturday’s headliners, Arcade Fire and Metallica.
Dolly Parton told the audience: “I’ve been waitin’ a long time for this.”
She sang tracks including Why D’You Come In Here Lookin’ Like That?, 9 to 5, Jolene and Coat of Many Colors.
Dolly Parton took to the Pyramid Stage on day three of this year’s Glastonbury festival (photo Getty Images)
Dolly Parton said: “I’m just glad you came to see me.”
She also performed a song about the mud that she wrote in the early hours of Sunday morning, which included the lyrics: “Mud, mud, mud, mud/Up to our bums in all this crud.”
Dolly Parton, 68, wooed the crowd with lots of classics and her encore, I Will Always Love You.
The singer played for about an hour on the Pyramid Stage.
“I grew up in the country, so this mud ain’t nothing new to me – and it ain’t nothing to you either,” she said.
Before her show, Dolly Parton was presented with a special award in recognition of selling more than 100 million records worldwide. The singer said she would hang it in her Dollywood Museum in Tennessee.
Metallica played for 90 minutes on Glastonbury’s famous Pyramid Stage on Saturday, with highlights including One, Cyanide and an extended version of Master Of Puppets.
The band is the first metal act to headline the festival since its inception in 1970.
Drummer Lars Ulrich said: “That was sensational. I don’t remember much of it… the energy was fantastic.”
Asked to describe his Glastonbury experience in one sentence, Lars Ulrich simply said: “Other-worldly.”
Even the band’s detractors would have been hard-pushed to deny their musicianship.
Fans and supporters lined the back of the stage as they ended the main set with Nothing Else Matters and Enter Sandman.
“Metallica. Glastonbury. Together at last,” declared songwriter James Hetfield.
Metallica played for 90 minutes on Glastonbury’s famous Pyramid Stage
“That felt good.”
Returning for an encore of Whiskey in the Jar and Seek and Destroy, the band launched dozens of black Metallica-branded weather balloons into the audience, triggering a giant game of dodgeball between the audience and security guards.
“Metallica loves you, Glastonbury,” said James Hetfield as the band took their final bow.
“You made us feel so good. Thank you for having us.”
Taking the microphone, Lars Ulrich added: “There’s no place on this earth like this beautiful Glastonbury Festival. Thank you for letting us be part of your experience and we hope to see you one more time.”
Formed 33 years ago, Metallica’s best-known songs include Enter Sandman, Nothing Else Matters and Master of Puppets.
Prior to their arrival on the Pyramid Stage, Metallica played a clip of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, in tribute to actor Eli Wallach, who died this week.
Ennio Morricone’s Ecstasy of Gold, which features in the classic Western, has been Metallica’s introduction music for many years.
The band also addressed criticism of James Hetfield’s involvement with pro-hunting groups head-on, showing an extended clip of an English fox hunt, soundtracked by Sweet’s glam rock classic Fox on the Run.
At the climax of the hunt, four men in bear costumes shot the riders from their horses.
The bear’s heads were removed to reveal the four grinning members of Metallica.
Metallica rocked Glastonbury with a strange mix of arrogance and humility.
Speaking to the crowd 15 minutes into the set, James Hetfield said: “Glasto – Metallica is grateful to be invited to such an event.
“We’re very proud to be representing the heavier side of music.”
Glastonbury is prepared for the arrival of Metallica on a showery Saturday in Somerset.
Metallica is the first metal band to headline. Drummer Lars Ulrich said being asked to play was “the biggest honor”.
Metallica is the first metal band to headline Glastonbury festival
The festival was beset by a downpour for an hour, but a predicted lightning storm failed to materialize.
Acts on the main stage so far have included Nick Mulvey, Lana Del Rey and ex-Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant.
Classics such as Black Dog were given drastic West African and South East Asian overhauls, but a full-throttle rock version of Whole Lotta Love triggered a crowd surge – even after it took a detour into a violin solo.
Preceding him on the Pyramid Stage, R&B star Kelis also re-tooled some of her most famous songs, giving a jazzy big-band treatment to tracks like Milkshake and A Capella.
Famous faces spotted at the festival include Stella McCartney, Laura Carmichael, Lily James and Bradley Cooper.
This year’s Glastonbury festival is kicked off by Kaiser Chiefs on Friday.
The Leeds band plays an unadvertised set on The Other Stage at 11:00 BST, 12 hours before their main show on the John Peel Stage.
Blondie, Lily Allen, Rudimental and Paolo Nutini are also on Friday’s line-up.
Canadian band Arcade Fire tops the bill, playing the main Pyramid Stage at the end of the day.
Revelers have been gathering on Somerset’s Worthy Farm since Tuesday. About 85,000 had arrived by Thursday evening, with 75,000 more due by Friday night.
Tragedy hit the site on Wednesday when a 67-year-old woman died in her sleep.
This year’s Glastonbury festival is kicked off by Kaiser Chiefs (photo Getty Images)
Police said the festival-goer died in her tent overnight, from what they believed to be natural causes.
The 900-acre site saw its first drop of rain on Thursday afternoon. By early evening, the paths and fields were muddy underfoot, but worse is to come.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Saturday, with thunder and lightning predicted in the south-west of England.
However, festival organizer Michael Eavis was more optimistic.
The 78-year-old, who established the festival on his dairy farm in 1970, is now a celebrity in his own right – constantly asked to shake hands and pose for photographs as he inspects the site.
Arcade Fire take to the stage at 22:00 BST.
Ahead of the show, guitarist Richard Reed-Parry said the band “may have Somerset artists” on stage with them.
The annals of rock history do not list Somerset as a source of tremendous inspiration – leaving Arcade Fire to choose from the likes of Kula Shaker, Reef and, perhaps most excitingly of all, The Wurzels.
But Glastonbury is, as ever, a hotbed of rumors. Whispers are circulating that David Bowie and Jonathan Ross, who both appear on Arcade Fire’s new album, will take to the stage on Friday.
Fans are also speculating that Coldplay, The Libertines and Radiohead could make impromptu appearances.
And in the Tipi field, one reveler swore blind that Metallica’s place at the top of the bill on Saturday was an impressive bluff – with funk-rock superstar Prince destined to take their place.
Back in the real world, Mumford and Sons – who closed the festival last year – have announced a special “mini-festival” in the Avalon Cafe, situated in the remote Avalon field, on Saturday.
Other acts confirmed for the rest of the weekend include Dolly Parton, Lana Del Rey, Ed Sheeran and Ellie Goulding.