Glastonbury's Most Iconic Performances of All Time

By That Festival Site | 17 February, 2023

Glastonbury's Most Iconic Performances of All Time Banner

Glastonbury Festival is one of the world's most famous and well-loved music festivals. Over the years, it has played host to some of the biggest names in music, from David Bowie to Adele. With so many amazing performances to choose from, it's hard to pick just a few to highlight. In this article, we'll take a look at some of Glastonbury's most iconic performances of all time.

1. David Bowie (2000)

David Bowie's performance at Glastonbury in 2000 is widely regarded as one of the best in the festival's history. With a setlist that included classics like "Ziggy Stardust" and "Heroes," Bowie's show was a true celebration of his incredible career.

2. Radiohead (1997)

Radiohead's performance at Glastonbury in 1997 is often cited as one of the best live shows ever. The band played a number of songs from their seminal album "OK Computer," including "Paranoid Android" and "Karma Police."

3. Beyoncé (2011)

Beyoncé's headlining set at Glastonbury in 2011 was a tour de force. With a setlist that included hits like "Crazy in Love" and "Single Ladies," as well as a cover of the Kings of Leon's "Sex on Fire," Beyoncé proved that she was more than worthy of her headlining slot.

4. Oasis (1995)

Oasis' performance at Glastonbury in 1995 is often cited as the moment when the band became superstars. Their set included hits like "Wonderwall" and "Don't Look Back in Anger," and the crowd sang along with every word.

5. Adele (2016)

Adele's headline performance at Glastonbury in 2016 was a triumph. The singer's powerful voice and emotional ballads had the crowd in the palm of her hand, and her cover of Bob Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love" was a highlight.

6. The Rolling Stones (2013)

After years of speculation, The Rolling Stones finally played Glastonbury in 2013. The band's set included classic hits like "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "Gimme Shelter," and Mick Jagger's energy and charisma had the crowd eating out of his hand.

7. Arctic Monkeys (2013)

Arctic Monkeys' headline set at Glastonbury in 2013 was a masterclass in rock and roll. The band played a number of songs from their album "AM," as well as classic hits like "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor."

8. Pulp (1995)

Pulp's set at Glastonbury in 1995 is often cited as one of the festival's defining moments. Frontman Jarvis Cocker's antics on stage, including climbing a lighting rig and flashing his bum at the crowd, made for a memorable show.

9. Jay-Z (2008)

When Jay-Z was announced as a headliner for Glastonbury in 2008, some critics questioned whether a rapper could pull off such a prestigious slot. However, Jay-Z proved the doubters wrong with a high-energy set that included hits like "99 Problems" and "Empire State of Mind."

10. Dolly Parton (2014)

Country music legend Dolly Parton's set at Glastonbury in 2014 was a highlight of the festival. With a setlist that included hits like "Jolene" and "I Will Always Love You," as well as covers of Bon Jovi's "Lay Your Hands on Me" and Bob.

Glastonbury 2024


All Ages

Rate the festival:

United Kingdom

Next festival in:

120 days