Moment 4: "Here Comes the Sun", 1.30pmThe weather thought it was so funny when it greeted us with some pretty heavy rain that lasted throughout the morning. Just enough time to convince us to shell out for over-priced boots and wellies! Literally the moment we had bought them, the clouds vanished and out came the sun and glorious blue skies - probably the most impressive performance of the day!
Moment 5: Suede perform "The Wild Ones", 8pmYou can always rely on Suede to liven things up and pull off a great show. With a back catalogue of indie classics to draw from ('Trash', 'Animal Nightrate', 'Film Star', 'The Beautiful Ones', 'Everything Must Flow' to name but a few), they had a good head start. With the Pyramid Stage field draped with shiny happy people, lying under the blazing sun as far as the eye could see, there was definitely a moment waiting to happen. And it did so, as Brett sang a raw acoustic version of 'The Wild Ones' that brought me as close to tears as ever a live song has done... Beautiful.
Moment 6: R.E.M. perform 'Electrolyte', 11.35pmLying on the flame-speckled hill, surrounded by 85,000 loved-up Glastonians in the moonlight, with the world's biggest band performing below... it doesn't get much better than this. But when Stipey and co. pulled one of my favourite songs ever out of the bag, for a truly soul-stirring rendition of Electrolyte (from the New Adventures album), I knew the evening had begun in earnest.
Moment 7: Primal Scream perform 'Loaded', 12.18amA quick glance through this website will make little secret of the fact that The Scream are one of our all time top bands. And tonight, they were in full-on fighting mode, pitched head-to-head against the big monster that is R.E.M. over on the Pyramid Stage. Glastonbury is not a competition, but if it was, Primal Scream would have blown the rest out of the water. Aside from their hardcore fans (like me), many feel that the band have drifted away from their globally-appealing psychadelic roots (ie. the Screamadelica album) and are now some sort of obscure industrial-techno-punk outfit, hence the reason why they have not headlined the Pyramid stage since 1998. For much of their set, this was certainly true. However, this band know how to work the magic, and closing the set with Medication and Loaded was all it took to unite the heaving masses in a rapture of joy so powerful it really hurt.
Saturday, June 28
Waking up to more sun and blue skies was a good enough omen that this was to be a moment-heavy day!
Moment 8: Tony Benn, 2pmI thought it would be nice to check out some of the more leftfield entertainments on offer today, which led me to the, erm, Leftfield, where one of my all-time heroes, Mr. Tony Benn, was participating in "The Big Lie: Blood For Oil debate", questioning our Government's motives for occuplying Iraq. He was joined by an impressive cast of co-conspirators that included Bianca Jagger and the chair of CND. The whole affair was inspiring and empassioned, but Tony Benn's monologue on how "We didn't stop them invading Iraq, but we'll sure as hell stop them attacking Iran... and North Korea... and all the other stops on the agenda" was so emotional and awe-inspiring that we all had goose-bumps all over... Click here for more on this.