It’s over for another year and we’re already missing jumping about in the rain and mud. Glastonbury 2016 threw up another treat of a festival with just about as many talking points as any other year. We’ve nailed it down to a few we won’t ever erase from our hazy memories of the weekend.

Annie Mac kicked off Glastonbury in style

The BBC Introducing tent in Silver Hayes was a hot spot on Thursday night for those ready to get their weekend underway. The Radio One DJ introduced Mele and Monki onto the stage for a set of club classics to whet the appetite ahead of the main bulk of music.

Ratboy and DMA’s were the Thursday night secret acts…

Yes, really. It was a big moment because the Thursday night secret performances at William’s Green are usually two of the most anticipated over the whole festival, but 2016’s duo are acts who are only just breaking through. Whilst it was good for coverage, for the average festival goer it had little on recent year’s sets from Metronomy, The 1975 and Alt-J. Surprising and uninspiring choices from the festival organisers.

Skepta brought grime to the Pyramid

Friday afternoon is the first chance for people to see the Pyramid stage in action and for those with a weary head from the night before, Skepta exploded into one of the most boisterous sets at Worthy Farm. Kanye showed last year that any type of music, if relevant, should have the chance to play to the masses and Skepta did just that, armed with a group of mates riding BMXs around the stage like they were just showing off to friends in the park.

Adele is a national treasure

“Hello, it’s me” Adele Adkins sings as she opens her iconic Pyramid Stage headline show on the Saturday. With three albums and a James Bond song in her catalogue, many had written off her set due to the defeatist, woeful tone of her music. On the night, the field revealed a different opinion. People of all ages, genders and backgrounds came together to unite in a sing-a-long with a woman who can only be described as real. Hits like ‘Someone Like You’, ‘Rolling In The Deep’, and ‘Skyfall’ all made for a beguiling show which opened up our hearts to someone who connected with the audience straight away. Mix that with her potty mouth and South-London accent, Adele’s headline show just made festival history.

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Madness were just that

The ska band just don’t seem to budge and made their latest festival appearance on Friday afternoon. Wearing a ridiculous wig and overcoat, lead singer Suggs gave tribute to David Bowie as they covered his song ‘Kooks’. There was another cover too, as guitarist Chris Foreman, said he had recently learnt how easy it was to fool 51.9% of people, referring to the recent referendum result, before hurtling into a cover of AC/DC’s song ‘Highway To Hell’.

Foals made the cut

Foals sub-headline spot on Friday evening was going so well, perhaps too well, when the sound altogether cut out for their final track ‘Two Steps, Twice’. The band, overcome with festival fever, continued to prance around the stage but the moment the sound clicked back in for Yannis’ vocals the crowd went berserk, making the set even more memorable.

Coldplay’s incredible tribute to Viola Beach

Coldplay are a band who divide the country as much as the recent referendum but on Sunday night they made a gesture which no one can falter. Chris Martin emotionally spoke of Viola Beach, who tragically died in a car accident at the start of the year. The headliners gave the Warrington band their chance to headline The Pyramid Stage as their last single ‘Boys That Sing’ was played on the screens with Coldplay joining in to play the track halfway through. Goosebumps all round.

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ELO brought out the sun for ‘Mr Blue Sky’

Jeff Lynne’s ELO was one of the dampest sets of the weekend for the majority of it, but by the time it came around to ‘Mr Blue Sky’, rain macs were lofted in the air, the sun crept out from behind the clouds and people attempted to have a dance in the mud.

Craig David’s re-energising Sunday slot

The reign of Craig David continued on Sunday evening. The Sonic tent was bursting at the edges as the crowd used the last croaks in their voice to sing back classics such as ‘7 Days’ and ‘Fill Me In’ before the garage DJ/singer finished on a roaring rendition of Jack U’s ‘Where Are U Now’.

Eavis did it his way

46 years on and Michael Eavis still runs the biggest show in the world. Now at the ripe age of 80, it was never in the schedule that the man himself would be closing the Pyramid stage on Sunday night after Barry Gibbs. Walking on stage after Chris Martin’s projection that he doesn’t want the night the end, Eavis grabbed a mic and began to sing 1969’s ‘My Way’, popularised by Frank Sinatra. A fitting end to a festival that is likely to be hit by Michael’s retirement soon, the sing-a-long brought the weekend’s biggest crowd together to celebrate and appreciate such a pivotal moment in Glastonbury’s history. Whether it was a hint that this could be the handover from him to his daughter, or just because it’s his favourite song, it became the final piece of a jigsaw Coldplay had created to make them one of the greatest headliners around.

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About The Author

Josh Shreeve

Director of VLM and radio man at Forge Radio. Studies journalism at the University of Sheffield.

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