Here in order of greatness, as decided by you at home – the best sets from a wild weekend on Worthy Farm…
It’s been an emotional rollercoaster, but Glastonbury is over for another year. But who, we hear you cry, managed to tip the excitement scales up to 11 and provide the weekend’s most memorable performance? We asked you all to vote for your favourite and here are the results: NME readers’ top 20 Glastonbury 2015 acts.
20. Motorhead: As the old saying kind of goes, those who place last, rock hardest and Motorhead certainly rocked the hardest at Worthy Farm. Bringing their balls-to-the-wall riffs to the Pyramid ahead of Florence and The Libs, they might have been a little intense for some of you, but Lemmy and the boys did Glastonbury in their own, unique way.
19. Mark Ronson: If Mark Ronson hadn’t clashed with The Libertines’ secret set, chances are he would have inched up your rankings a good few places. Still, for those who did head to The Park for his gig, you’ll have seen everyone from Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker to Grandmaster Flash joining on stage plus the year’s biggest anthem (‘Uptown Funk’ obviously) kicking off.
18. Paul Weller: Teeing things up on ‘Mod Sunday’ for old pals The Who, Weller brought out the hits interspersed with some of current album ‘Saturn’s Patterns” more experimental sonics. A classic choice for the early evening, final night slot.
17. Kanye West: He might have declared himself “the greatest living rock star on the planet” during his much-hyped headline show, but you at home clearly didn’t quite agree. There was a minimal stage design, there was Bon Iver, there was a bloody crane, but you still only put Yeezy at 17. He is not going to be pleased with that.
16. Pharrell: If you were voting for hits, then Pharrell was clearly your man. From choice N*E*R*D cuts to covers of ‘Hot In Herre’ and ‘Hollaback Girl’ to runs through ‘Blurred Lines’, ‘Get Lucky’ and ‘Happy’, the only time Pharrell let the hits stop was for a scantily-clad dance break from backing dancers The Baes.
15. Patti Smith: Providing the most ‘have I slipped into a sleep-deprived alternate dimension or is this actually happening?’ moment of the weekend was New York icon Patti Smith, who brought out The Dalai Lama to blow out a single candle on his 80th b-day cake and address the crowd. All together now, “Happy Birthday Dalai Lama…”
14. The Vaccines: Poor Vaccines. Coming on stage during a torrential downpour that lasted until approximately four seconds after they finished, the quartet had to battle the weather gods throughout. Still, a bit of rain didn’t seem to matter to you lot, who still put Justin and co in your Top 20.
13. The Who: The Who might have gained less column inches than fellow headliners Florence and Kanye, but their set still packed in more hits than almost any other. In their 50th year as a band and still going strong, you tipped your hat to the legends as rightly expected.
12. George Ezra: Earlier this year it was revealed that, if the Glastonbury bill was structured in order of Spotify plays, George Ezra would be headlining the Pyramid Stage. Unsurprisingly, a huge number of those at-home listeners turned into in-field watchers and now on-internet voters. Fair play, Georgie boy.
11. Lionel Richie: Drawing the biggest crowd of the weekend, it’s no surprise that our man Lionel got a fair few of his 100,000-strong audience voting for his set. Did the former Commodores man nail it? Of course. He made it look easy like a Sunday early afternoon.
10. FKA Twigs: Singer. Dancer. Wearer of excellent stage attire and general all round boundary-pusher. Is there anything FKA Twigs can’t do? Well, hit the No.1 spot in your Glastonbury rankings, it seems, but still – for a newcomer, top ten ain’t bad.
9. Frank Turner: Having previously stormed Wembley, Frank Turner’s early afternoon slot on The Other Stage seemed a bizarrely low billing. Not that you seemed to mind, though. Hauling yourselves out of bed for some shouty folk, you voted for indie’s second favourite Mr. Turner in droves.
8. Alt-J: Cementing their journey from indie buzz band to An Actual Proper Massive Deal, Alt-J rocked up to the Pyramid for the biggest show of their careers to date – third from top under Weller and The Who. Clearly their saucy lyrics and quivering melodies translated pretty damn well to the big stage, too.
7. Slaves: If there’s one thing guaranteed to get a festival crowd going, it’s a man dressed as a mantaray, crowdsurfing while playing a ukulele. Slaves understand this and that’s why, as well as having one of the most gloriously loud and mosh-worthy sets around, they’re a festival dream.
6. Catfish & the Bottlemen: Say what you like about Van McCann and his gang (and a lot of people do), but you can’t argue that Catfish have turned into a genuine sensation. That fact was cemented on Friday when the band battled a chronic case of the shits to storm The Other Stage and their reward is a distinctly un-shoddy Number 6.
5. The Libertines: With the Albion sailing on course once more, the boys in the band turned up on Friday in a hush of secrecy to play one of the most exciting secret sets in Glastonbury history. Were you excited? Of course you bloody were.
4. Wolf Alice: 2015 is fast turning into the year of the wolf. In the same week that debut ‘My Love Is Cool’ hit the Number Two spot, narrowly pipped to the top by Florence, Wolf Alice rocked up to Worthy Farm and became the biggest breakthrough band of the weekend. Don’t believe us? Your voting numbers speak for themselves.
3. Jamie T: We pity the fools who didn’t go and see Jamie T on Sunday. With beaming sunshine, an enormous crowd and rousing sing-alongs, the return of the South London urchin felt victorious. Bonus points for his guest spot with The Maccabees the day before.
2. Florence & the Machine: Dave who? Stepping up to the top spot and dishing out the kind of celebratory, joyous set that proved she probably should have been there all along, Flo saw out Friday night in style. Well done, Ms Welch.
1. Circa Waves: And coming up from behind to nab the top spot are new indie heroes Circa Waves. Destined to be the moment that tipped the Liverpudlians into the next level, their set was heaving and bursting with youthful excitement throughout. Congrats lads, the crown is all yours.