From its beginnings as the Pilton Pop, Blues And Folk Festival, charging 2,000 local revellers £1 entry in 1970, Glastonbury Festival has grown into the most influential music festival in the world. With some bands performing in front of crowds nearly 300,000 strong – and broadcast to many more thousands, if not millions, across the globe – the happenings on Worthy Farm, in Somerset, South West England, have become legendary. With many more history-making headline set doubtless ahead of us, here’s our run-down of the 20 best Glastonbury performances of all time.
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20: Portishead (1998)
The traditional Glastonbury mud-fest did not spoil the spirits in 1998. Rubber boots firmly on, 100,500 keen attendees witnessed an ethereal Pyramid Stage set from Bristolian trip-hop pioneers Portishead. A lit cigarette in hand, and the mood appropriately set, singer Beth Gibbons delivered a performance of Glory Box for the ages.