The Edge joins Muse onstage at Glastonbury

Kylie finally plays, Craig Charles creates supergroup


Photographer:Marc Broussely

United Kingdom United Kingdom | by Daniel Fahey, Kai Jones | 27 June 2010

It was the coming of two rock gods as The Edge was the guest of honour on the Pyramid Stage to help out Muse’s Matt Bellamy on ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’.

The Devon band didn’t allow him to take all the plaudits though as they wowed with ‘Feeling Good’, a grinding ‘Supermassive Black Hole’ and an extensive ‘Stockholm Syndrome’.

It was a relatively stage-pomp-free showing buy Muse’s usual standards (maybe they didn’t get a car parking pass in time for their UFO) but the songs stood out as 100,000 happy revellers packed the Pyramid Stage field.

Scissor Sisters had done the same earlier in the day. The American glam popsters returned to the UK festival scene for what feels like forever with a very special guest – Kylie Minogue.

The Aussie singer helped out on ‘Any Which Way’, some five years after she was due to headline the stage before being diagnosed with breast cancer, but it was older hits like ‘I Don’t Feel Like Dancing’ and ‘Laura’ that took all the plaudits.

Finishing with a banging ‘Filthy/Gorgeous’, the group planted their name firmly back onto the festival map.

You don't hear many love ballads at Glastonbury. Murder ballads yes, but it's not often the Pyramid field sways in unison to a full-on slickly-produced ode to love.

So Shakira's packed out early evening set should be commended for getting the Glastonbury hands in the air for ‘Underneath Your Clothes’. The sun sets behind the barefooted Colombian hip-shaker as she dishes out 'She-Wolf' and ‘Hips Don't Lie’, chanting "England! England!" during her World Cup anthem ‘Waka Waka’, even delivering a neat and bassy cover of the XX's ‘Islands’.

Into the early hours of the morning and the WOW! tent in the dance village witnessed the live unveiling of a supergroup. Craig Charles’ Fantasy Funk Band, an act brought together by the former-Red Dwarf man for his BBC 6Music show, smashed out funk classics from Curtis Mayfield’s ‘Move On Up’ to Charles Wright’s ‘Express Yourself’.

With John Turrell and Dionne Charles on vocals, Mike Bandoni on drums, Norman Watt Roy plucking the bass, Eddie Roberts conducting things on guitar, James Taylor tickling the hammond and Haggis Horns brassing it up, the band really ran  as a who’s who of the contemporary funk scene.

Esther Williams’ ‘Last Night Changed It All (I Really Had A Ball)’, ‘Money (That’s What I Want)’ by Barrett Strong and the frequently covered ‘Tighten Up’ all made appearances and the group finished when they over ran their curfew at 3am.

Glastonbury Festival 2010
concludes today (Sunday) with Stevie Wonder, Orbital, The Drums and hundreds more set to appear.


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