Glastonbury 2010 – Which Performance Ruled?

Another year, another epic festival. And thankfully minus the acres of shin-deep mud that have plagued the site in previous years.

If Glastonbury’s 40th anniversary will be remembered for anything, it’s the searing heat that saw thousands of party goers treated for heat exhaustion and turned many of the 180,000 strong crowd into a sea of red-faced lobsters scurrying between the rare and precious shady spots.

But beyond the golden weather, which acts won the day for you?

Glastonbury 2010

If you were there or glued to the BBC TV coverage at home, which performances did you rate as up there with Pulp in 1995 or Jay-Z’s 2008 barnstormer?

Florence undoubtedly reaffirmed her status as something of a festival goddess: the dazzling white dress and red hair at sunset, coupled with that voice was almost worth the admission fee alone.
Time and time again Florence has smashed a festival crowd, be it at Glastonbury last year or even London’s Lovebox shindig. If only the England football team were as consistently brilliant we’d all be singing ‘Football’s Coming Home’ today and Beckenbauer would be applying for English citizenship.

Florence and The Machine play Glastonbury 2010

LCD Soundsystem and Orbital brought the party to its utterly thrilling Sunday night climax in style – stalwart performers who again never seem to disappoint.

The xx made an assured treat of a debut, with Florence appearing with them during a cover of ‘You Got The Love’, and the sound at Glastonbury once again pitch perfect. A massive back pat must be delivered to the festival’s technical team for the often crystal clear quality of the music.

What else? Vanilla Ice clowned around on Thursday night, Gorillaz fell a little flat – their stoner tunes perhaps not euphoric enough for a headline slot.
Muse and The Edge brought bombast to proceedings while Shakira, Kylie and Scissor Sisters supplied the glamour.

Crystal Castles, Foals, Flaming Lips, Rusko, Simian Mobile Disco, Vampire Weekend, Kele… the list of acts who turned the dial up to eleven and contributed to making this year’s event a musical – and often visual – extravaganza just goes on.

But who was your favourite? Which set will you be telling your grandkids about in years to come? Post comments below to join the discussion – and we’ll see you there next year.

In the mean time, here’s one Mr Eavis’ verdict. Surely time for a Knighthood, now that Prince Charles has popped by for tea?