Perhaps it’s the ‘in this together’ spirit that Worthy Farm encourages, but some of the most exhilarating moments at this year’s Glastonbury came when artists either invited other artists onstage (as with Scissor Sisters and Kylie), or played other people’s songs.
Florence And The Machine had a go at Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Chain’, perhaps in her excitement missing out on some of the subtlety of the original – the band rush through it a bit – but that bass breakdown at the end is never less than thrilling.
Muse provided the talking point of the festival by covering U2’s ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’, with The Edge filling in on guitar.
Keane also paid tribute to the headliners-that-never were, by playing a keyboard-led version of ‘With Or Without You’. Here’s some fan footage.
Shakira tackled The xx’s ‘Islands’, supplying the festival’s biggest WTF moment.
In addition, La Roux did The Rolling Stones’ ‘Under My Thumb’, Pet Shop Boys unleashed an electro reworking of Coldplay’s ‘Viva La Vida’, and, er Rolf Harris did ‘Stairway To Heaven’, though to be fair he’s been doing that at every gig since about 1992.
Did you catch any other memorable covers?