Beyonce was the first female headliner in the history of the festival. She brought down the house Sunday night, wowing a screaming audience of 175,000 people. Beyonce appeared on the stage of Glastonbury and asked: “Glaston-berry, are you ready?” The crowd exploded with applause in response.
She opened her show with her greatest hit ‘Crazy in Love’. After she finished the first song she told the crowd: “I want you all to know right now you’re witnessing my dream. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for having me and my band tonight. I always wanted to be a rock star and tonight we are all rock stars. I want you to forget about your worries, forget about your troubles. I want you to get lost in this music tonight. I want to make beautiful memories and be free tonight.”
After that Beyonce sang her most famous songs such as ‘Single Ladies’, ‘Naughty Girl’, ‘If I Were a Boy’, ‘Telephone’, ‘Irreplaceable’ and ‘Baby Boy’, followed by Destiny’s Child favorites, including ‘Survivor’ and ‘Say My Name’. R&B star also performed some covers: the set included a version of Alanis Morissette’s ‘You Oughta Know’, a nod to the Eurythmics’ ‘Sweet Dreams’, Prince’s ‘The Beautiful Ones’ and a balladic version of Kings of Leon’s ‘Sex On Fire’.
“I still can’t believe I’m performing at Glastonbury,” she told the crowd. Mid-set, Beyonce prompted the crowd for a shout-out to BET. She pulls double duty on Sunday night, with top billing on the network’s BET Awards, where her performance will be beamed via satellite.
She also sang her new single, ‘1+1’, as well as ‘At Last’, the song she sang during President Obama’s inauguration in 2009. That performance came with a special civil rights-themed video montage — which included video of that very inauguration.
Clearly taken by the size of the massive crowd, Beyonce, whose new album 4 arrives this Tuesday, remarked, “I’ve done a lot of things in my life, but I have never performed in front of 175,00 people.”
Her husband, Jay-Z, watched from the side of the stage alongside Gwyneth Paltrow, whose husband Chris Martin performed earlier with his band Coldplay. Jay-Z’s headline performance at Glastonbury in 2008 was called controversial.
In her interview to the BBC later in the night, Beyonce told that she was “very nervous” and had sent Coldplay’s Chris Martin her set list in advance. “I made sure he approved it and, of course, Jay. They all told me to relax and be myself,” she said.
She added that the most emotional moment of the show was the performance of ‘Halo’: “At one point, I had to stop myself because I got really emotional on ‘Halo,” she said. “My team worked really hard filming for three days and being able to touch all the fans, it was a beautiful moment for me.”
After Beyonce’s performance pop star George Michael tweeted, “Just watching Beyonce’s performance at Glastonbury. I love that woman. Great artist, writer,singer, person … Something so generous about the fact that she covered songs that acknowledged Glastonbury’s typical audience. Very few American artists … would take the time or have the respect for a foreign audience to do that. She just gets better and better.” [via The Telegraph, Huffpost and The Hollywood Reporter]