England's iconic music festival, Glastonbury, has closed its fields for 2012, not only to give the grass and land a break from the thousands of revellers, but also because a lack of portaloos... I understand the worry. So, Swide are not seeing the year pass without looking at the best moments.
With such iconic performances from the world's biggest stars, this wasn't an easy task but, with a little patience, we've put together our top 5 moments from throughout the years.
1. 2008 Jay-Z covers Oasis' 'Wonderwall'.
In one of the most unexpected headlining acts to have graced the mainstage at Glastonbury, 2008 saw Jay-Z step up to the challenge after organiser, Michael Evans signed him up. When the news first came out that he was going to be taking part, not everyone was best pleased by this, including the infamous Gallagher brothers of Oasis. It was actually Noel Gallagher who voiced his opinion, saying that there was no place for hip-hop at Glastonbury. Did Jay-Z sulk? No! In response to this, Jay-Z took to the stage, opening his set with a cover of Oasis' maga-hit, 'Wonderwall'. In your face Noel!
2. 2000 David Bowie makes 2000 the best Glastonbury ever.
In an amazingly glorious return to the Glastonbury in 2000, David Bowie literally floored the audience with the performance of a lifetime. He'd played on the stage way back in 1971, when entry was free, and, 29-years later, decided that it was time to dust his wears off and blew us away. The above clip is actually taken from a documentary film that marked 30 years of the festival, mixing footage together from throughout the years. Amazing. Event organise, Michael Evans, crowned Glastonbury 2000 as the best one.
3. 1995 Pulp fill in for the Stone Roses and come out on top
Wow, the crowd! 1995 saw Britpop wonder band, Pulp, set the stage alight with their amazing, last minute appearance at the festival. Stone Roses dropped out at the last minute and sent the organisers into panic but Jarvis Cocker but the panic to rest when he agreed to get Pulp onstage and... history was made. If you want to see why this festival is known as the best, just watch the clip and, although the sound isn't the best, you can feel the love that the audience have for the music. Also, what makes me love this clip and band even more is knowing that the request to play was so last minute they camped out like the 'Common People' that they sing about did. Just brilliant.
4. 1994 When Johnny Cash got more than he expected
1994 was the year that Orbital brought dance music to the festival, marking a change to the following line-ups in the future. 1994 was the same year that the legendary Johnny Cash found himself a brand new audience, taking the 50,000 strong audience on a whistle stop tour of his hits and sending them into an absolute frenzy. What makes this performance so special is the appreciation and admiration that Cash is clearly displaying to those in attendance, even saying that this performance was a career highlight. What a wonderful moment.
5. Lady Gaga brings pure pop in 2009
Since this performance, Lady Gaga has gone on to develop a gang of little monsters and changed her stage persona somewhat, but this sees her at her best. Throwing herself into a live performance of Poker Face, it was this moment that made England, and the wider world, realise that this woman has talent... and she proved us right. It's rare that such a new talent commands the Glastonbury stage, quite like she did, and it was an honour to see the star at an integral part of her career. Watch and see what I mean.
Written by Ben Taylor