The Glastonbury Festival took place from June 22-26 in South West England with Beyoncé as one of the main headliners performing a 90-minute set. 200,000 fans weren’t disappointed with other names such as U2 and Coldplay, but Beyoncé closed the festival with the final performance, giving festival-goers a spectacular show.
Beyoncé was the first woman singer ever to headline on the Pyramid Stage, the main stage at the festival. Beyoncé was not aware when the gig was booked that she was going to make history doing it. In an interview with BBC, Beyoncé exclaimed: “I’m so honored that I am the chosen woman and I promise, ladies, I’m going to rock!” She thanked her fans during the set and told the audience she was still amazed to be performing at the Glastonbury festival.
The show was packed with everything imaginable from fireworks toBeyoncé rising out of the stage while dancing. According to one reviewer the opening was “gobsmaking,” and all reports indicate that the rest of the show kept the fans on their feet screaming.
The R&B star’s 90-minute set was filled with tributes to women, Destiny’s Child hits, her solo classics, great cover performances and some new tracks from her latest album. Beyoncé sang covers of Alanis Morisette’s “You Oughta Know,” Etta James’ “At Last,” and Lady Gaga’s “Telephone,” all very strong female artists. She also performed cover songs of the Eurythmics, Kings of Leon, and Prince, all UK audience favorites. Her own hit,”Halo,” was accompanied by visual footage of Glastonbury concert goers trudging through the mud at the festival.
The shouts and response from the audience suggested they loved Beyoncé as much as she loved performing for them. Her 10-hour a day rehearsals certainly paid off as she closed the festival with a great show. She definitely silenced the critics that claimed she was not a suitable choice for the festival, and left the fans and critics with nothing but great things to say about her set.
Her new album 4 was released on the 28th of June, and is enjoying the effects of the Glastonbury festival with rankings looking like she will gain her second British number one album by the end of the week.