The star brings out a mix of disco hits and crowd-pleasers - including Radiohead classic 'Creep' - for the final showdown on what's been declared the best Glastonbury Festival yet...
MOBY has brought the final night of the 2003 GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL to a close with a set that was heavy on the disco and techno, with a beautiful measure of soul thrown in, thanks to backing singer DIANE CHARLEMAGNE – and an astounding cover of RADIOHEAD‘s ‘CREEP’.
The set wound up with fireworks going off overhead, and simultaneously over the back end of the site, where [/a] had headlined the Other Stage. ‘Creep’ had thrown the crowd into a frenzy, Moby introducing it: “This next one’s for… I’m making it sound very cryptic, but I’m not doing very well… A lot of people have been asking a band for it, and I’m going to do it.”
The set had begun with ‘Natural Blues’ from his multi-million-selling ‘Play’ album, with Moby, saying that he had especially planned the set-list to live up to the expectations of a final night of what is being proclaimed – by organisers, bands and fans alike – as the best Glastonbury yet.
He said: “It’s a tremendous honour to be here. Thank you all. I never expected to be playing the main stage closing Glastonbury. So we’ll do our best to try and help everyone have as good a time as possible.”
He went on to fill the set with a mix of dance tunes, including the ‘Twin Peaks’-sampling hit single ‘Go’, “sexy little disco songs”, and favourites from ‘Play’, such as ‘Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad’.
He kept between-song banter to a minimum from early in the set, apologising for George Bush, saying: “I feel, being American, it’s my job to apologise for George Bush. So I stand before you, profoundly sorry that we have such a fucking idiot as a leader,” which received an enormous cheer from the Glastonbury audience.
The set also included recent hit ‘We Are All Made Of Stars’, and a surprise cover of the [a]’ ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’, while the audience braved billowing winds and occasional showers to make the most of the festival’s last blast.