Tired and weary but far less mud-encrusted than usual thanks to a weekend of sunshine, Glastonbury fans have said goodbye to another year at Worthy Farm.
Fans got to see the likes of (deep breath) Stormzy, The Killers, The Cure, Liam Gallagher, Janet Jackson, Johnny Marr, the Chemical Brothers, Courteeners, Christine And The Queens, The Streets, Dave, Lizzo, Sean Paul… well, the list goes on.
Thousands of acts, basically, playing across scores of stages at the biggest and best greenfield festival in the world.
But Glastonbury is always about more than just the big names, famous for its celebrity spots and weird and wonderful collaborations, there’s nothing else quite like it.
Emily Eavis has described this year’s as “without question” the best one ever.Here are the highlights you might have missed.
Not-so secret sets
Following surprise showings from the likes of Radiohead, Biffy Clyro and Pulp in recent years, The Park stage at Glastonbury has become the main area for unannounced performances.
Rumours before the festival are always rife, with two curveball theories among those being thrown into the ring this year: the reunited Spice Girls, or Bradley Cooper, possibly even with Lady Gaga, following the success of A Star Is Born.
Both were dismissed during the festival, though, and by the time Foals grabbed the slot everyone was well aware who would be up there, with their show pulling one of the area’s biggest crowds of the weekend.
Vampire Weekend also played a surprise set on the stage earlier in the day, while Frank Turner, Mahalia, Tom Walker and Jamie Cullum were among the acts who popped up unannounced elsewhere around the site.
Stormzy’s finishing touches
Okay, so we said it was about more than just headliners. But a special mention has to go to Stormzy, who became the first ever black British artist to close the famous Pyramid Stage, and, at 25, the second youngest, after David Bowie’s performance in 1971, aged 24.
We know he made history, but it was the effort that went into his set that really stood out.
Wearing a Union Jack stab vest designed by Banksy and sharing some words of advice he had received from Jay-Z (the first hip hop star to headline the festival) he went on to address racial disparity in the criminal justice system, and included a ballet performance highlighting how dancers’ shows have only just become available in different skin tones. Praised by politicians and grime stars alike, it is a set which will no doubt go down in Glastonbury history.
Glastonbury organisers screened the Women’s World Cup quarter-final between England and Norway at the West Holts stage on Thursday, and the Lionesses didn’t disappoint. Hundreds of fans turned out to see the match and cheered on the team as they secured a 3-0 victory, and a place in the semi-final against the USA on Tuesday.
Posh and Becks get their wellies on
Glastonbury is always a good breeding ground for celebs, and the Beckhams are no exception. This year, the couple were seen partying in The Park, while David also shared a video watching The Charlatans from the side of the stage. Speaking of which…
Twitter steps up for Charlatans fan
The Charlatans were called in last-minute to replace Snow Patrol, who had pulled out due to illness, and it turns out Beckham is not the only big fan.
After one of the crowd tweeted a video of a security guard enjoying a quiet singalong at the front of the stage, Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess reposted the message with one of his own, to see if he could find him.
Twenty-four hours later and the social media site had worked its magic. “We found him!” Burgess posted. “We got in touch and he’s coming to a Charlatans gig and generally hanging out with us and watching the show.
Thanks for all your help tweeterers.”
Not content with Coldplay’s four headline slots over the years, Chris Martin was popping up all over the place at this year’s festival.
First Stormzy brought him on for Blinded By Your Grace Pt 1, then Kylie chose him to duet on one of her biggest hits, Can’t Get You Out Of My Head – the song Coldplay covered in 2005 when the singer was forced to pull out of her headline slot while having treatment for breast cancer. In other surprise collaboration news, The Killers introduced Johnny Marr, the Pet Shop Boys and, rather bizarrely, Jimmy Carr, while Lewis Capaldi joined Bastille.
And speaking of Capaldi…
Lewis Capaldi mocks Noel Gallagher and generally gets everywhere
He played to an absolutely enormous crowd at the Other Stage on Saturday, but also managed to squeeze a surprise intimate set in in the days beforehand also joined Bastille for their show. Before bringing tears to the Other Stage crowd with his set of self-proclaimed “sad songs”, he had fans in stitches as he walked out in front of a video loop of Noel Gallagher having a dig, and with the Oasis star’s face emblazoned across his T-shirt. “If you’ve enjoyed this set, tell everyone you know,” he told the crowd as he closed. “And if you haven’t enjoyed it, keep it to yer f****** self!”
Jeff Goldblum makes Glastonbury debut
When a Hollywood star is playing at Glastonbury, they’re going to draw a crowd. When it’s Jeff Goldblum, a man who radiates charisma, it’s going to be something special.
Performing a jazz set with his long-time band The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, he provided festival-goers with something a little different to remember from the weekend and announced his second album – all while sporting a beautiful print-clash ensemble of a red floral short and natty zebra-print trousers.
David Attenborough makes surprise appearance
Announced just shortly before he walked out on to the Pyramid Stage, but timed quite nicely ahead of Kylie to ensure the crowds were there, the world’s most famous naturalist was greeted with a huge cheer – some speculating the biggest of the weekend – as he praised the festival for banning single-use plastic this year.
Spot the celeb
Glastonbury wouldn’t be Glastonbury without a celebrity spot or 10. Posh and Becks were the biggies, so 100 points if you came across them, but there were plenty of others enjoying the music across the weekend.
Harry Potter star Rupert Grint, Rocketman Taron Egerton, actress Tilda Swinton, model Suki Waterhouse, Black Mirror star Will Poulter, Black Panther’s Daniel Kaluuya and comedian Jack Whitehall were among the celebrities seen enjoying the music.
Plus, Tony Gardner, aka the dad from My Parents Are Aliens, who is pictured having a whale of a time at the festival by someone pretty much every year.
Police horses love Glastonbury too
It wasn’t just the 200,000 festival-goers getting down, oh no. Police looking after the site showed their horses were just as into it. Wessex and Clifton are big fans of Anne-Marie, with their moves demonstrated in this tweet. We’d love to have seen them shimmying to Kylie.
courtesy of Sky News