Thousands clamour to see Rolf Harris at Glastonbury 2009

Australian legend raps at Worthy Farm and pays tribute to Michael Jackson

Thousands of fans clamoured to watch Rolf Harris play a lunchtime slot in the sun at Glastonbury today (June 27), during which the veteran peformer even rapped.

The Aussie drew a vast crowd to the Jazz World Stage which stretched all the way to the food stalls and into nearby footpaths.

Harris was introduced by MC BB Manik, who lead chants of “I say Rolf, you say Harris!”, before the man himself emerged to huge cheers.


The show was the fifth time he had played at Glastonbury, the last being in 2002. “G’day!” exclaimed the musician/artist, before playing ‘Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport’ while playing his trademark wobbleboard.

BB Manik later returned to the stage as Harris explained that he had known the young rapper since he was christened, before the pair performed a rap version of ‘Pavlova’ together.

“What a sad, sad week for the world, Michael Jackson passing on,” he said later in the set, paying tribute to the late singer who died on Thursday (June 25).

Later Harris recalled the first time he played Glastonbury. “When they booked me I think it was for a joke,” he told the crowd. “But I played at 10.30 in the morning and 70,000 people came!”

After thanking his backing band, Harris ended his set with a second “British version” of ‘Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport’ – essentially the song’s lyrics sang to the tune of ‘Land Of Hope And Glory’.

Rolf Harris played:


‘Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport’
‘The Court Of King Caractacus’
‘Jimmy My Boy’
‘The Irish Rovers’
‘Waltzing Matilda’
‘Sun Arise’
‘Two Little Boys’
‘Stairway To Heaven’
‘Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport (British version)’

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