Bruce Springsteen joins fellow New Jersey band The Gaslight Anthem on
the tiny (relative to the Pyramid) John Peel Stage, Saturday June 27.
Singer Brian Fallon later returned the favour, guesting with
Springsteen on the ‘Born In The USA’ track ‘No Surrender’. Pic: WENN
Welcome to the biggest Glastonbury photo gallery on the internet. Keep clicking for over 250 images from the festival, including all the key bands, the backstage celebrities, the nutters covered in mud, and all the weirdest goings-on from the outer limits of the festival.
Dominic West, aka Jimmy McNulty in TV crime drama ‘The Wire’, hangs out backstage at Glastonbury. Inbetween being mobbed by fans, the well-spoken British actor told NME that last night’s headline performance by Neil Young “blew [his] socks off.” Pic: Danny North
Highlights of this year’s festival included Blur’s triumphant Sunday night headline set, Bruce Springsteen’s euphoric (if slightly over-long) Saturday performance, and rousing performances from newer acts such as Florence And The Machine and, in particular, Dizzee Rascal, who drew a colossal crowd to the Pyramid Stage on Saturday.
Blur close Glastonbury 2009 in spectacular fashion. Topping the bill on the Pyramid Stage on the final night of the festival, the reunited band kicked off with their debut single, ‘She’s So High’. Pic: PA
La Roux in the Dance Village, Saturday afternoon. Elly Jackson packed out the tent, although the gig didn’t really come alive until she played hit single ‘In For The Kill’. She started off the gig in a bad mood because someone had drenched the stage in dry ice without her consent. Pic: Andy Whitton
Podpads – along with yurts, ‘squrts’ and a private camping area – comprise the hospitality accommodation at Glastonbury. The whole area’s been moved up the hill past the John Peel stage this year, to make room for more backstage seating/ligging and a whole new stage ensconced in a mini globe.
Michael and Emily Eavis prepare for the onslaught, on Wednesday June 24th. Emily spoke out today about the death of Michael Jackson, and promised a series of tributes across the weekend.
Lady Gaga played to a massive crowd on the Other Stage on Friday (June 26th) at 8pm, delighting punters by shooting fire from her breasts.
Pic: Guy Eppel
Damon Albarn arrived at Glastonbury a day early – Blur don’t play until Sunday – to soak up the sunshine and enjoy the festival. He was spotted backstage hanging out with the comedian Harry Enfield. Pic: PA
Girls Aloud’s Nicola Roberts hangs out backstage at Glastonbury 2009. Other spots include Jonathan Woodgate, Badly Drawn Boy and The Verve’s Nick McCabe. Pic: PA Photos
Supermarket-style stalls offer those last minute essentials at criminal prices. 90,000 people had descended onto the site by 4pm on Thursday, June 26th.
Little Boots, aka Blackpool-raised singer-songwriter Victoria Hesketh, was getting a lot of attention from the paparazzi backstage. Her fame definitely seems to be growing.
Pic: Danny North
Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O sports a colourful cape as her band takes to the Other Stage at 5pm on Sunday. The singer dedicated ballad ‘Maps’ to Michael Jackson. Pic: PA
Mr Hudson And The Library were one of the first acts on today (June 26th), and Mr Hudson moonwalked across the stage in a tribute to the late Michael Jackson.
“I was in a talent contest when I was a child,” Mr Hudson told an early afternoon crowd on the first day proper of Glastonbury (Friday), “and was asked what I wanted to be. I said I wanted to Michael Jackson”.
Kasabian warmed things up for Bruce Springsteen on Saturday night at Glastonbury 2009. Pic: Andy Whitton
The sun sets on Worthy Farm on Thursday June 25th. The forecast for the rest of the weekend is, unsurprisingly, a mix of sunshine and showers.
Fake wayfarers are still de rigeur onsite at an overcast Glastonbury Festival. As are fake wigs, cyber-goth clothes, toplessness and full-on nudity in one case.
Pic: Andy Whitton
The biggest draw on Thursday night (June 25th) was East 17. They had their set delayed several times and finally took the stage at 10.30pm, just before news of Michael Jackson’s death broke. The threesome finished their set with ‘Stay Another Day’. The song was a Christmas in Number One in 1994.
Pic: Danny North
Punters gather on the Thursday of Glastonbury (June 25th). The evening was marred by the news of Michael Jackson’s death. He’s not the first star to die on the eve of Glasto though – Hendrix passed away just before the 1970 weekend kicked off.
Glasto fans chill out on some rare dry ground on Thursday (June 25th). The festival hit its stride on Friday, with performances from The Dead Weather, Little Boots, The Horrors, The Streets, The Specials and headliner Neil Young.
Jack Penate on the John Peel Stage, Friday evening. The tent was packed
with fans eager to hear tracks from new album ‘Everything Is New’.
Penate was in energetic mood, diving into the crowd after ‘Let’s All
Die’ and bellowing, “This has been genuinely wonderful.”
Florence And The Machine played the John Peel Stage at 8pm on Saturday night (June 27th). She finished the set with her version of ‘You Got The Love’ at almost the same time Kasabian were playing their version. Pic: Danny North
Some of the many, many “wacky” people at Glastonbury 2009. This year’s festival sees more sideshow attractions than ever, including theatre and circus fields, Trash City and of course the Shangri-La area. The theme there for this year is ‘Dyscotopia’.
131,000 people were on site by 9.30am Friday morning (June 26th), with 1,000 of those having been treated at the medical centre.
Pete Doherty on The Other Stage, Saturday afternoon. Coming onstage wearing a gold and black military jacket, Doherty headbutted his microphone and waved to the massive crowd, who cheered him back heartily. Opening song ‘The Last Of The English Roses’ saw the singer/guitarist joined by two ballerinas.
More pasty flesh on display. Backstage celebrity spots so far include the omnipresent Andrew Marr, tubby astrologer Russell Grant, Harry Enfield and Mat Horne.
Crowds at Worthy Farm on Thursday June 25th 2009. During the weekend, the festival becomes the second biggest township in Somerset after Bath.
The Streets, Jazz World Stage, Friday night. Mike Skinner played a cover of Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’, as well as a new song, ‘Trust Me’. In the run-up to the festival, Skinner also made a crop circle of his face on a field overlooking the Glastonbury site.
More fancy dressed punters at Glasto 2009, who no doubt disagree with Nicky Wire’s oft-quoted dismissal of the place (“someone should build a bypass over this shithole”).
Bobby Gillespie once called the crowds at Glastonbury a “bunch of fucking hippies”. In truth, the hippy contingent is minimal these days. The event continues today with live action from The Dead Weather, Lady Gaga, Jack Penate and The Streets.
In a subtle tribute to Michael Jackson’s passing, Lily Allen wore a white glove for her Pyramid Stage slot at 6.20pm on Friday (June 26th). Her set was attended by a huge crowd, aided no doubt by the appearance of blazing sunshine after a day of dispiriting rain. Pic: Tom Oxley
Crowds trudge onto site. There were reputedly massive traffic problems for arrivals on Wednesday (June 24th), with some punters reporting horrific hold-ups of up to thirteen hours.
Friendly Fires brought the indie rave to Glastonbury on Friday (June 26th), playing the Other Stage at 6.30pm without their customary carnival dancers but with plenty of energy nonetheless. Pic: Tom Martin
Regina Spektor hit the Pyramid Stage at 1.40pm on Friday (June 26th). The legendary stage sees action from The Specials and Neil Young later today. Pic: Andy Whitton
Fucked Up kicked off their 2pm set on the John Peel stage on Friday (June 26th) with ‘Father The Son’ and woke up anyone at Glastonbury who was still in bed. Pic: Tom Martin
Abba covers band Bjorn Again got the coveted 11am slot on the Pyramid Stage, opening the festival proper. Keep clicking all weekend for the biggest Glastonbury photo gallery you’ll find anywhere. Pic: Tom Martin
A caveman runs riot at Glastonbury 2009, and why the hell not? Pic: Andy Whitton
Hotly-tipped new electro-pop star Little Boots, aka Victoria Hesketh. The blonde singer from Blackpool once again dazzled the audience with her radio-dominating songs, including ‘Mathematics’, ‘Stuck On Repeat’ and ‘Remedy’. Pic: Danny North
For the first ever Glastonbury festival in 1970, Michael Eavis had to construct the toilets himself. Now he has twenty two teams patrolling the site, sucking shit out of thousands of facilities.
Bruce Springsteen at Glastonbury. The Boss over-ran the curfew set by the local council by nine minutes, racking up a £3000 fine – which organiser Michael Eavis happily offered to pay on his behalf.
Fleet Foxes brought the beardy folk to the Pyramid Stage at 4.40pm on Friday (June 25th).
Some of the 137,500 punters at Glastonbury 2009. This year – thanks to headliners Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and Blur and hundreds of others – the festival sold out way in advance. Pic: Tom Martin
Keith Flint backstage at Glastonbury on Saturday (June 27th). One NME staffer overheard a policeman asking him if he was going to play ‘Fuck The Law’ during The Prodigy’s set. Pic: PA Photos
Mud, mud, glorious mud. This year looks decidely better than previous festivals so far, especially 2005 when hundreds of tents floated away. Pic: Tom Martin
Punters bare their knickers for the lens. Backstage celeb spots at the festival include Irvine Welsh, Andrew Marr, Russell Grant, perennial favourites the Geldof sisters and Jo Whiley. Pic: Andy Whitton
Jo Whiley poses for the NME photographers backstage on Friday June 26th at Glastonbury 2009. Other celeb spots include Mat Horne and Dominic West, who plays detective Jimmy McNulty on The Wire. Pic: Jo Plimmer
Keith Allen used to take his baby daughter, Lily, to Glastonbury to
help him sell drugs. Keith confessed this in 2007: “I didn’t see what
was wrong with taking little Lily along with me as a sales tool –
rather like the homeless lads do with dogs.”
Springsteen on the Pyramid Stage. The 59-year-old, who has sold 120 million records worldwide, ignored repeated requests for ‘Born In The USA’, instead playing a more thoughtful set that included a cover of the Civil War-era folk standard ‘Hard Times’, penned in 1855.
Mud starts to appear at Worthy Farm. The festival kicked off on Thursday (June 25th) with a 4pm appearance from Maximo Park on the Queens Head Stage – attended by an audience estimated at 60,000 people. The resulting crush forced the gig to be delayed. Pic: Andy Whitton
Some of the backstage artwork at Glastonbury 2009. New features in the artist and industry ligger area include a huge globe stage that saw a performance from a questionable beatboxer on Thursday night, huge wooden chairs and a big elephant. Pic: Jo Plimmer
M Ward – who is sometimes the ‘him’ in the folk duo She And Him, alongside Zooey Deschanel, performs on the Park Stage on Saturday night.
A familiar sight at Glastonbury. Last year’s festival cost a staggering £22 million to put on and this year’s will no doubt top that. Pic: Jo Plimmer
Pants Of Peace – some of the merch available at Glastonbury 2009. Keep clicking to see the entire thing covered from every possible angle. Pic: Jo Plimmer
Doherty played an impromptu cover of Talking Heads’ ‘Psycho Killer’. However, the star was left red-faced when he forgot the words to the song, much to his and the audience’s amusement. “I’m fucked if I know the second verse,” he mumbled.
N.E.R.D. were a last-minute addition to the bill at Glastonbury 2009. Billed as “special guests” in the festival guide, they hit the Pyramid Stage at 3.10pm on Friday (June 26th) – but were forced to cut their set short. Time ran out, and the plug was pulled midway through their song ‘Everyone Nose’.
Some of the futuristic artwork at Glastonbury Festival 2009. The site is peppered with pieces that are erected over the course of the preceding week. Pic: Jo Plimmer
Specials fans fly their flag on Thursday night (June 25th). The band hit the Pyramid Stage tonight (Friday) at 8pm. Pic: Jo Plimmer
He might look like a lunatic, but he’s better prepared than a lot of people on site. Pic: Jo Plimmer
A skateboarder grabs some air at Glastonbury 2009. The fun continues today with headliners across the stages including Neil Young, Bloc Party, Doves, Q-Tip and Ray Davies.
Alison Mosshart, one half of The Dead Weather alongside Jack White, enjoys a smoke during the band’s ‘surprise’ set on the Park Stage on Friday evening. The band aired tracks from their forthcoming album ‘Horehound’, plus covers of tracks by Van Morrison and Bob Dylan. Pic: Andy Whitton
Weird Glasto fact: this year a murder trial in London has been put on hold after one of
the jurors was allowed time out in order to attend this year’s festival. Pic: Jo Plimmer
One of the many tributes to the late Michael Jackson across the site. ‘Billie Jean’ had been heard pumping from burger van stereos approximately 300 times by time of writing. Pic: Jo Plimmer
Michael Eavis happily declared this year’s Glastonbury the best yet (and he might be right). He also paid the £3,000 fine the council charged for Springsteen’s extended set. Pic: Joe Plimmer
You’ll find Glastonbury in the Guinness Book Of Records – in the
juggling section. On 26 June 1984, 826 people – each juggling at least
3 objects – managed to keep 2,478 objects in the air.
A man sells night lights in the market section of the site. You can buy pretty much anything on-site, from camping supplies at Millets to dreamcatchers and Hare Krishna vegan food. Pic: Danny North
Many Glastonbury veterans remember the streaker who bounded onstage
during Elastica’s set in 1995. This was Anthony Genn, later frontman of
The Hours, who explained his behaviour in rueful terms: “I’d taken an
astronomical sum of drugs that would kill most elephants. Any regrets?
I wish, perhaps, my cock hadn’t been so shrivelled.” Pic: Jo Plimmer
A Specials fan gets his face painted on Thursday (June 25th) at Glastonbury 2009. Pic: Danny North
Festival punters drink over 400,000 pints of beer and cider from the official bars alone each year. Pic: Danny North
The View take to the Other Stage on Friday (June 26th) at 3.45pm. They were followed by Friendly Fires, Lady Gaga, The Ting Tings and Bloc Party.
This year’s event is business as usual after the skin-of-the-teeth success of last year. Sluggish ticket sales meant that 2008 was
the first time the festival had failed to turn a profit in 39 years. Pic: Danny North
A market trader offers up grilled chicken at Glastonbury 2009. Culinary options here run from burgers to Mexican, Caribbean, vegan and everything in between. Pic: Danny North
Punters roll their alcohol in to the site on Thursday (June 25th). Pic: Danny North
Glastonbury has been mentioned many times in song – but it’s hardly a
noble tradition. Kula Shaker wrote a song, ‘303’ about the A303 road
(which leads to Glastonbury). Meanwhile, Scouting For Girls and Nizlopi
have both written songs entitled ‘Glastonbury’. Pic: Danny North
Irvine Welsh poses for NME photographers backstage. He said (twice) he was more upset over Farrah Fawcett’s death than Michael Jackson’s because “you have to be more upset by someone you’ve had a wank over”. Pic: Jo PLimmer
The highest official attendance was in the muddy year of 2007, when
177,500 tickets were sold. However, since gathecrashing was common
before the ‘superfence’ was erected in 2002, it’s thought the actual
attendance in the late 90s and early noughties regularly exceeded
250,000. That’s not far shy of the population of Iceland. Pic: Danny North
VV Brown poses for photographers by the backstage elephant on Friday (June 26th) at Glastonbury 2009. Keep clicking for more pictures and head to NME.COM/festivals for live reports and blogs from Worthy Farm.
It’s easy to forget that Glastonbury was once the site of violence as
well as peace and love. In 1991 there was a major tussle between police
and new-age travellers. When the festival returned in 1992, the
long-running unspoken rule – travellers got in for free – was suspended. Pic: Danny North
Glastonbury history: 1987 was the year of the trouser-thieves. Overnight, hundreds of
trousers were stolen from festival-goers’ tents so criminals could pick
their pockets. Pic: Danny North
Though Emily Eavis now co-organises the festival – and will soon take
over from her dad – she first became known at Glastonbury in 1985, when
she was sent onto the Pyramid Stage, aged six, to play ‘Twinkle Twinkle
Little Star’ on her violin. It went down so well she ended up doing
One of the sacred stones at Glastonbury. The stone circle is coordinated with the Summer Solstice, which is the reason the festival is held in the rainy month of June. Pic: Jo Plimmer
Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand reveals his mushroom-shaped camping arrangements to NME. Pic: Tim Cochrane
A Glastonbury reveller gets into the spirit of the event, down the front at the Pyramid Stage. Pic: Jo Plimmer
Glasto fact: Christian myths, as well as Arthurian ones, are associated with
Glastonbury. One legend states that Joseph of Arimathea visited
Glastonbury along with Jesus as a child. Years later Joseph supposedly
returned, with the crucified Jesus’ blood in a cup. Pic: Tom Oxley
Punters at Glastonbury 2009. 30 megawatts of electricity are used by the festival weekend – around the same as the city of Bath. Pic: Tom Oxley
Glastonbury has occasionally been a lawless place. Police officers were not present on site until 1990. Pic: Tom Oxley
Jamie Hornsmith from The Rakes chills by one of the sacred stones at Glastonbury 2009. Pic: Tom Oxley
Dizzee Rascal began his 4.20pm Pyramid Stage set on Saturday (June 27th) in a suit, only to rip it off revealing this T-shirt. The crowd assembled was one of the biggest the site’s seen yet. Pic: PA Photos
A festival-goer has his hair done by a suspicious looking barber at Worthy Farm on Friday (June 26th). Pic: Tom oxley
Many myths have attached themselves to Glastonbury and the surrounding
area. In the 12th century the monks of Glastonbury Abbey “discovered”
the body of the mythical King Arthur. Pic: Tom Oxley
In 2007, 2,485 miles of toilet roll were on site for the opening day. That’s as far as London is from Baghdad. Pic: Tom Oxley
Recent Radar star Wolf Gang hangs out at the festival. Get this week’s mag for an interview with the glam-post-punk star. Pic: Tom Oxley
The Specials were one of the first bands to enjoy a sunny set on the Pyramid Stage at this year’s Glastonbury. After a morning of downpours the clouds finally parted as the reformed veterans played classics including ‘Monkey Man’ and ‘Ghost Town’. Singer Terry Hall explained “It’s taken us 28 years to get here.” Pic: Danny North
Glasto fact: when the Glasto cows are moved to their “mootel” for the weekend, they
actually produce more milk than usual – about 300-400 litres a day
White Lies played a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Dancing In The Dark’ during their 5pm slot on the Other Stage on Friday (June 26th).
The Black Eyed Peas headline the Jazz World Stage, Sunday night. Co-vocalist Will.I.Am attracted mass booing by repeatedly shouting “What’s up, London?” – Glastonbury is, of course, nowhere near London – although the band got the crowd back onside with a lengthy tribute to Michael Jackson. Pic: PA
A punter in a wedding dress curses the mud at Glastonbury 2009. Most people arrived on Wednesday, enjoying two days of glorious sunshine – right up until the moment the festival actually started, at which point it bucketed it down. Brilliant. Pic: Tim Cochrane
Torrential thunder and lightning, dramatic news of Michael Jackson’s death, lady GaGa shooting fire from her breasts… Glastonbury 2009 has got off to an eventful start. Pic: Tim Cochrane
Wellies were out in force on the first day of Glastonbury. Most people had come prepared, bad weather being pretty much par for the course by now. The last non-muddy year was 2003. Pic: Tim Cochrane
The iconic Pyramid Stage basks in the glow of early evening sunshine.
By the time Lily Allen came on, it was T-shirt and shorts weather,
ensuring a colossal crowd for the ‘Smile’ singer, who first attended
the festival as a five-month-old baby. Pic: Tim Cochrane
The tents stretch to the horizon at Glastonbury 2009. Friday night’s headline act was Neil Young. The Canadian legend, forced to pull out in 1997 after cutting his
finger while making a ham sandwich, played a two-hour plus set
featuring a host of his classic songs including ‘Cinnamon Girl’ and ‘Heart Of Gold’. Pic: Tim Cochrane
The Other Stage, which hosted performances from The Ting Tings, Lady GaGa and Friendly Fires on Friday June 26. Pic: Tim Cochrane
Wall-climbing – one of the more outlandish distractions at Glastonbury this year. Pic: Tim Cochrane
The remote Park Stage, which this year hosts performances from The Horrors and Noah And The Whale. Pic: Tim cochrane
Revellers enjoy themselves despite the mud at Glastonbury 2009. Pic: Tim Cochrane
A high vantage point on the outer boundary of the Glastonbury site – the perfect spot for watching the sun come up, for those with the stamina to stay up that long. Pic: Tim Cochrane
The notorious Glastonbury toilets. The first ever loos on the site, back in 1970, consisted of scaffolding positioned over a hole, with a hessian drape for privacy. Pic: Tim Cochrane
Noisettes rock the John Peel Stage on Sunday, sandwiched between Ladyhawke and The Wombats. Later that night, Echo And The Bunnymen headlined the stage. Pic: TM
A skateboarder freestyles on a skate park on the 2009 Glastonbury site. Pic: Tim Cochrane
The Other Stage – home this year to performances from The Ting Tings, The Rakes, Mr. Hudson, Friendly Fires, Lady GaGa and Bloc Party, amongst others. Pic: Tim Cochrane
No, not the lead singer of Fucked Up, but a “wacky” reveler dressed as… a sumo wrestler! Haha! Sigh. Pic: Tim Cochrane
A sand sculpture a Glastonbury 2009. Is the bearded figure a Michael Eavis tribute? Pic: Tim Cochrane
Tipis fill a grassy field – as thousands of tents fill the space running to the horizon. An estimated 137,000 festival goers will stay on the site this year. Pic: Tim Cochrane
Party time. Late night options for those wanting to stay up ’til dawn on Worthy Farm include the already legendary Shangri-La, The Rabbit Hole and a 3D Disco where dancers all wear special glasses Pic: Tim Cochrane
Legendary rocker Neil Young hails the crowd from the Pyramid Stage on Saturday (June 26). The American guitarist dazzled the crowd with a lengthy rendition of ‘Rocking In The Free World’. Pic: Danny North
The Streets’ Mike Skinner on the Jazz World Stage. Skinner’s impressive set included a timely tribute to Michael Jackson as the band covered the classic ‘Billie Jean’ and sparked a heartfelt crowd sing-along. Pic: Guy Eppel
Inside a “yurt” tent in the posh camping area. Fork out enough cash and sleeping in an Argos tent by the loos becomes a thing of the past. Pic: Tim Cochrane
Fans celebrate being down the front of a stage at Glastonbury – no easy task.
Metric on The Other Stage, Saturday afternoon. The Toronto-based band recently released their fourth album, ‘Fantasies’. Pic: JP
Hundreds of party-goers pack a tent on Michael Eavis’s farm. The 73-year-old festival organiser has admitted he may step down from running the festival in two years time, handing the reigns to 29-year-old daughter Emily.
British Sea Power brought their foliage and massive catalogue of indie pop goodness to the Avalon stage on Fridar night (June 26th) at 9.30pm. Pic: Tim Cochrane
Any hopes of a mud-free Glastonbury were crushed when stunning thunder and lightning storms filled the skies over the site on Thursday evening. A scorching week of sunshine ended and inches of rain pounded the festival site – much to some punters’ delight. Pic: Danny North
Singer Lady Gaga performs hit single ‘Poker Face’. The song had already been covered at Glastonbury by punk-rockers The Rakes, and featured in Faith No More’s recent set in London. Pic: Guy Eppel
Glastonbury festival – never a good place to slip over. Pic: Danny North
Neil Young keeps on rocking in the free world, Friday night, Pyramid Stage. 12 years after he was forced to pull out of the festival thanks to a ham sandwich injury, Young played a triumphant set, watched by Dominic West aka ‘The Wire”s Jimmy McNulty, who told NME that Young’s set “blew [his] socks off.” Pic: Danny North
‘Dunkirk Spirit’ once again presides over a muddy Glastonbury as festival goers embrace the soaking conditions. Pic: Danny North
Little Boots celebrates a triumphant set on the John Peel stage that pulled a huge crowd – despite being on at the same time as Lily Allen and Friendly Fires. Pic: Danny North
Jack White and Alison Mosshart’s band The Dead Weather played a surprise gig at Glastonbury on Friday (June 26). Jack White takes to the drums in the new four-piece, rather than playing guitar. Pic: Andy Whitton
Alison Mosshart of The Kills in side-project band The Dead Weather. White Stripes head honcho Jack White drums in the new group. Pic: Andy Whitton
Lady Gaga at Glastonbury 2009. The blonde singer once again revealed her fun side as her Glastonbury gig included baring her buttocks and sparks flying from her boobs – obviously to cheers from the crowd. Pic: Guy Eppel
The Ting Tings have now played Glastonbury three times, on the BBC Introducing Stage in 2007, the John Peel Stage in 2008, and now on The Other Stage. This year the band injected extra fun by playing a record by Aerosmith as well as the Ghostbusters theme. Pic: PA photos
Head over to The Park Stage at Glastonbury and you’ll find this bizarre pink construction. The colourfully-lit tower can be climbed by festival goers and offers a far-reaching view of the festival site. Pic: Tome Oxley
The Park Stage at night: this year home to NME favourites The Horrors, Animal Collective and Golden Silvers, amongst others. Pic: Tom Oxley
Jamie T rocks out at Glastonbury, playing his new ‘Sticks And Stones’ EP. Pic: Tom Oxley
Faris Badwan of The Horrors sports a white jacket in contrast to his band mates’ all-black outfits. The Essex outfit played tracks from dazzling new album ‘Primary Colours’.
The Horrors watch the sun go down from The Park Stage. The Beach Boys-inspired Animal Collective followed and ended the night on the stage.
American folk-rockers Animal Collective end Saturday night at Glastonbury in the intimate setting of The Park Stage. Pic: Tom Oxley
Q-Tip headlined the Jazz World stage on Friday night (June 26th) at 11pm. Pic: Tim Cochrane
Crowds gather for the Specials’ Pyramid Stage slot on Friday night (June 26th). The ska legends played a hit-packed set from 8pm ahead of Neil Young.
One entrepreneur shows considerable commerical nous (but perhaps less tact) by turning this T-shirt around within 24 hours. Pic: Tom Martin
VV Brown opened the Pyramid Stage at 11am on Saturday (June 27th). Pic: PA Photos
Glasto fans cheer the arrival of the sun on Friday night (June 26th). The festival continues today (Saturday), with headline performances from Bruce Springsteen, Franz Ferdinand and Jarvis Cocker.
A performer hangs in the air at the Shangri-La area, which this year has the theme Discotopia. Huge flames shoot into the air, giant robots dance and several thousand freaks pack into the area nightly, and yesterday (Friday 25th) Lady Gaga played a secret show.
Shangri-La on Friday night (June 26th). The area – along with the Dance Arena – comprises most of the late night action.
Rolf Harris played to a massively oversubscribed Jazz World Stage on Saturday (June 27th). His set included two versions of ‘Tie Me Kangaroo Down’, sung to the tune of ‘Land Of Hope And Glory’. Pic: Tom Martin
The vegetable garden in the Greenpeace area has a variety of fresh vegetables for picking – and even a Post Office. Pic: Tom Martin
Spinal Tap rocked the Pyramid Stage on Saturday (June 27th). The set consisted of a mini Stonehenge, a visit from two dwarfs, and guest appearances from Jamie Cullum (keyboards) and Jarvis Cocker (bass). Pic: Danny North
Tributes continue to flood in for Michael Jackson. Grab Wednesday’s NME for a special tribute issue plus a full report from the weekend at Worthy Farm. Pic: Tom Martin
Little Boots had to leave the site after her Friday afternoon set on the John Peel Stage – but was then so desperate to see Blur play on Sunday she flew back by helicopter. Pic: Danny North
A huge queue forms for the Orange Chill And Charge tent, which offers charging points, live music and much-needed comfy couches. Pic: Tom Martin
Punters near the stone circle at Glastonbury 2009. The circle is not as ancient as you might think, having only been completed in 1990. Pic: Andy Whitton
Eagles Of Death Metal on the Pyramid Stage on Saturday lunchtime (June 27). Frontman Jesse Hughes, who was watched from the side of the stage by his mum, admitted to being “terrified” of playing before spoof rock legends Spinal Tap. Pic: Andy Willsher
Glastonbury has its own university this year, the Glastonbury Free University, which provides a loose timetable of spoken word events and public debates. Pic: Tom Martin
Tony Christie also played a few old standards, including Andy Williams’ ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’ and The Righteous Brothers’ ‘You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling’. Pic: PA
Glastonbury’s toilets are infamous, but as the daily Q newspaper points out today (Saturday), 2.6 billion people in the world lack basic sewage facilities and four in 10 people in the world have no toilet. Pic: Tom Martin
A Greenpeace demonstration gathers at Glastonbury, Saturday June 27. As ever, charity campaigners are out in force at the festival. Most visible of all is Oxfam, who have encouraged thousands of revellers to paint their faces blue in a bid to draw attention to climate change. Pic: PA
A Glastonbury reveller heads for the dance area, Saturday June 27. The Dance Village first opened in 1995, and now comprises six stages. It holds a massive 20,000 people and hosts the Silent Disco as well as DJs 24 hours a day. Pic: Tom Martin
The Big Pink, John Peel Stage, Saturday June 27. The nu-shoegazers played a typically dark and dirgey set, in sharp contrast to the blazing sunshine beating down outside the tent. Pic: Tim Cochrane
Night falls on The Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury during Neil Young’s headline set, which was witnessed by Dominic West, who plays Jimmy McNulty in ‘The Wire’. Afterwards, West told NME that Young’s set “blew [his] socks off.”. Pic: Tim Cochrane
As the headline acts wind up, the hordes head off for the further reaches of the Glastonbury site. Shangri-La and Trash City were the most popular destinations, although given the sheer size of the site it can take as long as an hour to get there from the Pyramid Stage. Pic: Tim Cochrane
Jamie Cullum arrives onsite, Saturday June 27. In addition to playing the Jazz World Stage, the jazz crooner – who is a Glastonbury regular, having been here many times as a punter before finding fame – also made a guest appearance onstage with Spinal Tap. Pic: PA
Bombay Bicycle Club hit the Park Stage at 1pm on Saturday (June 27th). The action continues tonight with Franz Ferdinand, Jarvis Cocker and Bruce Springsteen. Pic: Danny North
Peter Doherty took to the Other Stage today (Saturday) at 4.50pm. Pic: PA Photos.
White Lies pose backstage at Glastonbury on Saturday (27th). They’re due to play the John Peel tent at 9.30pm tonight (Saturday). Pic: Danny North
Shangri-La on Friday night. The area was massively-oversubscribed, and thousands of punters were blocked into the disused railway line that feeds the zone. Pic: Danny North
Jarvis Cocker and a coterie of voluptuous ladies joined Spinal Tap for a rendition of ‘Big Bottom’, which closed their set. Pic: Danny North
The Temper Trap played a relatively flat gig at Glastonbury on Saturday (June 27th). Pic: Tom Oxley
One of the festival’s numerous toilets. Luckily, there haven’t been any faeces-based catastophes this year. In 1997, the Dance Tent was splattered in shit after a muck-sucking lorry accidentally had its nozzle set to “blow”. Pic: Tim Cochrane
Emily Eavis relaxes on site at Glastonbury 2009. For more pictures of the event as it happens this weekend, keep clicking. pic: Tim Cochrane
The Script hit Glastonbury on Saturday (June 27th). The second day of the festival proper has seen some blazing sunshine as well as a typically eclectic bill including everyone from Crosby, Stills And Nash to Dizzee Rascal, La Roux and Spinal Tap. Pic: Tom Martin
Tinchy Stryder hit the Dance East Stage at 4.15pm on Saturday. The stage has also seen action from Wiley and Eric Prydz and is hosting 2 Many DJs later tonight. Pic: Tom Martin
Tinchy Stryder backstage at Glastonbury. Celeb spots from the backstage area now include The Wire’s Jimmy McNulty, Badly Drawn Boy and fashion designer Henry Holland. Pic: Tom Martin
WIley DJ-ed at the Dance East Stage today (Saturday), playing a selection of tracks from the likes of Dizzee Rascal and Lady Gaga and of course ‘Wearing My Rolex’. Pic: Tom Martin
Dizzee Rascal played a selection of Jacko hits during his set in tribute to the later singer, including ‘Billie Jean’ and ‘Beat It’. Pic: Tom Oxley
Blur headline the Pyramid Stage, Sunday night. The band were joined by extra musicians, including brass and backing singers, at various points throughout the set, with ’13’ tracks ‘Trimm Trabb’ and ‘Tender’ particularly benefiting from the enhanced arrangements.
Klaxons dressed as conservatively as ever during their ‘surprise’ Saturday night show. Edward Scissorhands, the Tin Man, a headless person and a joker kicked off with ‘Atlantis To Interzone’ (twice) and ran through three new tracks during the set. Pic: Tom Oxley
The Pyramid Stage shortly before Crosby, Stills And Nash played. Saturday has seen Worthy Farm bask in bright sunshine and unusual heat. Pic: Tim Cochrane
The town of Glastonbury was called Glestingaburg in the 7th and 8th centuries. Pic: Tim Cochrane
By the end of the festival, 54 tonnes of cans and plastic bottles will have been recycled. Pic: Tim Cochrane
As well as playing tribute to Michael Jackson, Dizzee Rascal covered The Ting TIngs and also rapped over MIA’s ‘Paper Planes’. He played the Pyramid Stage at 4.20pm on Saturday (June 27th). Pic: Tom Oxley
The famous Glasto loos. All residents in the nearby village of Pilton get a free ticket to the festival each year. Pic: Tim Cochrane
A Jack Sparrow impersonator backstage at the festival. He was later seen heckling The Prodigy’s Keith Flint as they arrived. Pic: Tim Cochrane
Glastonbury 2009. T.Rex headlined the first ever festival in 1970, alongside acts including Stackridge and Al Stewart. Pic: Tim Cochrane
Jarvis Cocker’s headline set on Saturday (June 27th) was an eventful affair. A man made it onto the stage to scream into the microphone “if it wasn’t for this man, Britpop would have been shit”. Pic: PA Photos
Glastonbury from the air. Our snapper Andy Willsher took to the skies for this shot, as well as a big aerial pic for the magazine – out Wednesday. Pic: Andy Willsher
Crosby, Stills And Nash played a stunning set as the sun went down over the Pyramid Stage, including covers of The Rolling Stones, Buffalo Springfield, and The Grateful Dead.
Peter Doherty at Glastonbury 2009. During his set on the Other Stage he covered Talking Heads’ ‘Psycho Killer’. Pic: Guy Eppel
This year’s hype band Passion Pit played the John Peel Stage on Saturday (June 27th) at 6.40pm. Pic: Tom Martin
Kasabian played a hit-packed set to a huge crowd on Saturday night (June 27th). Pic: Andy Whitton
Bruce Springsteen played a huge set on Saturday night (June 27th). which lasted for two and a half hours and culminated in ‘Born To Run’ followed by an encore of several tracks including ‘Thunder Road’ and ‘Dancing In The Dark’. Pic: PA Photos
A pink Spiderman strikes a pose near the Pyramid Stage on the Saturday (June 27th). Pic: Danny North
Some early afternoon ravers at the Dance Village on Saturday. Pic: Danny North
The Dance Village is massive this year, and has hosted sets from the likes of 2 Many DJs, Filthy Dukes, hotly-tipped Deadmau5 and even pop survivors East 17. Pic: Danny North
Tonight’s highlights on the dance stages include Calvin Harris, Peaches and – ahem – Jodie Harsh. Pic: Danny North
Crowds at the Dance East stage on Saturday. The Glasto action continues today with headline sets from Blur, The Prodigy, Echo And The Bunnymen and The Black Eyed Peas. Pic: Danny North
Kerazy Bananaman and his long-suffering buddies busk in the afternoon heat on the Saturday of Glastonbury 2009. Pic: Danny North
Spinal Tap backstage at Glasto. The comedy rock legends played a well-attended set in the afternoon, which included an inflatable Stonehenge, dancing midgets and an appearance from Jarvis. Pic: PA Photos
Florence And The Machine played to one of the John Peel Stage’s biggest crowds on Saturday (June 27th), and ran through the majority of her recent album ‘Lungs’, including ‘Dog Days Are Over’ and ‘You Got The Love’. Pic: Danny North
Klaxons surprise Saturday show was a hit-packed affair with the likes of ‘Golden Skans’, ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’ and ‘It’s Not Over Yet’ drawing a rapturous response from the packed out tent.
Bruce Springsteen headlined Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage on Saturday night, after a surprise appearance with The Gaslight Anthem. He also honoured Joe Strummer during his set by opening with an solo rendition of Strummer’s ‘Coma Girl’. Pic: PA Photos
Pendulum’s Rob Swine meets his fans at the Other Stage on Saturday night (June 27th). He declared Glastonbury “the best festival in the world”. Pic: Danny North
Pendulum bookended their high-octane Saturday night set on the Other Stage with bombastic renditions of ‘Showdown’ and ‘Granite’. Pic: Danny North
Afrika Express played a lengthy, improvisational set at around 2pm. A large crowd patiently sat through it, largely thanks to a rumour that Damon Albarn would be joining them on stage. He didn’t. Pic: Tom Martin
Ezra Bang And Hot Machine play the second of two performances at Glastonbury, Saturday June 27. Scott Wright, who blogs for NME and Pinglewood, desribed the New York and London-based act as “a monster made from the shreds and scraps of old rap, welded together and mounted on a stack of thrashed and trashed synthesizers.” Pic: Danny North