Glastonbury 2004 Headliners: Muse and Orbital 06 July 2004
After all the controversy over which act better deserved to headline the Pyramid Stage, Muse prove their place by sending things space-wards ... while Orbital just send us off.
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Cryogenically frozen in the Glastonbury hall of fame and playing their last ever English gig before wrapping up their decade of decadence at T in the Park, expectations are atmospherically high for Orbital (10.30pm, Other Stage), so perhaps slight disappointment is inevitable.
Despite telling the crowd ‘We love you’ between almost every track during an emotionally charged set, perhaps the occasion gets to the Hartnoll brothers. Because for all the hype (a number of die-hard fans petitioned festival organisers demanding their heroes headline the Pyramid Stage instead) something special is distinctly lacking, at least until the encore when an extended version of rave anthem ‘Chime’ simply refuses to go away.
Before that, we’re treated to a stunning version of ‘Lush’, cut-up among interweaving a capellas of Bon Jovi’s ‘Straight To The Heart’, Belinda Carlyle’s ‘Heaven Is A Place On Earth’, and The Darkness’ ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’. ‘Satan’ squelches harder than our wellies in the soggy mud below and new tune ‘Acid Pants’ provides another excuse to swing ours about manically.
But throughout it all, there is the feeling that this massive send-off should have had just a few more rabbits in its hat. It’s methodical and almost bland. Sure, we all have a great dance and embrace the occasion with zest, but we’re much more concerned that this is our last night at Glastonbury than by the fact we’ll never get to see Orbital again.