Mumford & Sons closed Glastonbury last night (June 30th) with a triumphant set ending another instalment of the Somerset festival.
Other events may try, but few can match the stature of Glastonbury. The Somerset festival has a history, a depth which competitors can't quite touch, and its return has bolstered the summer season.
The Rolling Stones breezed into town on Saturday night (June 29th) and even unveiled a brand new track recorded in honour of the festival. Featuring Mick Jagger on prime preening form, the band played a two and a half hour set which included a raft of hits and lesser heard album tracks.
Mumford & Sons were chosen to close Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage this year, but Ted Dwane's illness had raised doubts over whether the band would be able to perform. Recovering from a blood clot on the brain, Dwane was able to re-join his colleagues for a triumphant set.
The first time the band played Glastonbury was in 2008, when Mumford & Sons performed to a crowd of just over 200. Returning to the main stage, Marcus Mumford was clearly overwhelmed by the reaction: "We truly feel you got us here" he told the crowd. "Thank you so much."
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