Glastonbury Festival reviews
- 28 June 2010
- From the section Entertainment & Arts
No-one at Glastonbury could be forgiven for missing the fact that it was celebrating its 40th birthday this year.
Huge neon signs on either side of the Pyramid Stage spelt out 1970 - 2010, while many of the festival's most memorable headliners - from Radiohead to Orbital - came back to mark the anniversary.
But, with the loss of headliners U2 after Bono injured his back, could the festival still be a crowd-pleaser? The commentators delivered their verdicts.
Stevie Wonder signed, sealed and delivered as he closed Glasto last night.
One of the few genuine headliner highlights, the Lord ran through two hours of blistering grooves in a hit-packed set.
The Bizarre crew had a great time at Glasto - but it wasn't a vintage year for performances.
But this year the rhymes rescued an event sorely lacking a huge main act.
Snoop Dogg was the undeniable highlight of the 40th anniversary - just edging it ahead of the incredible weather.
His cameo with Gorillaz on Friday night, along with his own slot on the bill, were the only things to make up for U2's absence due to Bono's back injury.
The Telegraph's culture blogger, Lucy Jones
On Gorillaz: While the highlights electrified the audience, we came crashing down quickly with the lengthy gaps between songs and the average, slow numbers from the latest album.
There may have been a superb collective on stage, but there was no united joy in the audience and people voiced their frustration and boredom.
Guardian blogger Grace Dent
Stevie Wonder absolutely killing it. That means "good", non hep-cats. If he does Lately I'm going to cry into my Stella top. I might look like a slab of granite in a wig but I have a heart.
There could be no better way to see out Glastonbury's 40th anniversary than in the company of soul legend Stevie Wonder, a man so universally loved that to say you're not a fan is like saying you're not big on breathing.
His winning set, packed with career-spanning hits and bursting with warm personality, brought the festival to a singalong climax, and a rendition of Happy Birthday (with Michael Eavis) sung especially for Glasto helped us blow out the candles in style. Wasn't it lovely?
The Daily Telegraph
Whatever might be said about the gentrification of Glastonbury, the organisers have clearly put the money and effort into making the festival a more enjoyable and more beautiful experience for everyone.
The 1,000-acre site is a sensory feast, a patchwork of arenas filled with fantastical creations, from ribboned towers to burning tower blocks, bejewelled with lights and flags - even the signs and bins are lovingly hand-painted.
BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz
I can't remember a Glastonbury Festival that sustained the feel-good atmosphere quite like this one - but musically it failed to reach the sublime heights of previous years.
Willie Nelson, Gorillaz and Shakira all failed to connect with an eager Pyramid Stage crowd, whereas Rolf Harris and Snoop Dogg succeeded by shooting 10,000 volts of their very different forms of kitsch into the happy campers.
Like the English football team, whose schizophrenic performances bookended the festival, the music had trouble performing when it needed to. Gorillaz, after a promising start, could not keep up a crowd buoyed by Dizzee Rascal's infectious energy.
Followed as it was by exalted music-makers Bobby Womack and Lou Reed, it was all a little sophisticated. While some watched Gorillaz agog, most others battled flat-lining attention spans… similarly Muse.