Although held on European land, the Glastonbury fest is one of the most myth-encrusted of music festivals. Founded in 1970 as a hippie reunion on Eavis’ Worthy Farm in southwest England, the fest has become internationally known for its eclectic lineup and thrilling atmosphere. Every year that goes by, Eavis, who is now 77 years old, affirms the evolution and the improvement of this fest. This year, he says that it’s the best edition ever and he is not far from the truth.

Glastonbury 2013 lasted for three days and saw more than 500 acts, including bands, artists and DJs perform live on its stages, but only a few were the event’s highlights. The Rolling Stones, Vampire Weekend, Alt-J, Primal Scream, Arctic Monkeys and Mumford & Sons raised above all other performers and entered history. The Stones opened the jam-packed festival with their unforgettable “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and then continued with a tsunami of crowd-pleasing 20 songs before former guitarist Mick Taylor joined the band on stage as a special guest on “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” and “Midnight Rambler.” Then, the all-ages crowd sang along with the rock veterans on “Brown Sugar”, “You Got the Silver”, “Happy”, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and “I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” before a display of flames and fireworks concluded The Stone’s live gig on the main Pyramid Stage, the same stage that by night, was taken by storm by Arctic Monkeys.

As for the rest of the headlining spectrum, Liam Gallagher and his cohorts from the band Beady Eye electrified the atmosphere by hitting the Other Stage with everything they’ve got, from “Rock’n’roll Star” to “Morning Glory” and other amazing songs. Then, Alt-J took the same stage and performed a selection of cuts from its 2012 Mercury Prize-winning An Awesome Wave, plus an interesting and fun mash-up of Dr. Dre’s “Still D.R.E.” and Kylie Minogue’s “Slow”.

The West Holts stage was occupied by Nile Rodgers and Chic, who entertained the audience with their own rendition of classics like Madonna’s “Like A Virgin”. But that was on Friday. Saturday went on without major headliners, while on Sunday, Vampire Weekend, Editors, Park Stage headliner Cat Power and Mumford & Sons hit the Pyramid Stage for a magnificent wrap up. Mumford & Sons performed for the first time on stage since bassist Ted Dwane had surgery for a blood clot on his brain earlier this month. But they did great and turned the festival on a huge party. Kenny Rogers, Dizzee Rascal, Primal Scream, Public Enemy and Elvis Costello were also amongst the highlights of this year’s edition.
Besides, thanks to these amazing performers, the fest drew record-breaking 100,000-plus revelers on its 900 acres of muddy land. However, the festival goers were not entertained and attracted just by the electric performances, but also by a circus, a dedicated multi-stage dance village, an after-hours wonderland, the eco-friendly Green Fields, cabaret fields, a party-zone etc.

To conclude, Glastonbury 2013 was more than just a music festival, it was a music extravaganza, an out-of-the-box reunion of some of the most important acts in the industry, a three-day show that gets better and better with every year that goes by. Those who attended it were surely blessed.

Glastonbury 2013: Highlights

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