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Glastonbury’s Greatest Headliners

With a week to go before Glastonbury 2019, Edith Bowman narrates this affectionate, witty A-Z of 25 years’ worth of Pyramid Stage headliner action since TV cameras first came to Pilton in 1994.

With a week to go before Glastonbury 2019 and after a fallow year at Worthy Farm, Edith Bowman narrates this affectionate but witty A-Z of 25 years’ worth of Pyramid Stage headliner action since television cameras first came to Pilton in 1994.

Tracking the festival’s emergence as a global stage featuring the biggest names in popular music across a variety of genres this retrospective celebration blends archive clips and backstage testimony alongside new interviews with the likes of Damon Albarn, Liam Gallagher, Skunk Anansie’s Skin, Chemical Brothers, Jarvis Cocker and the Eavis family.

If A is for Arctic Monkeys and Adele, B is for Britpop, D is surely for dance and didgeridoo, courtesy of The Levellers, while Z takes us back to 2000 and the remaining letters of the alphabet caption a rollercoaster ride across some 60 epochal headline sets as stars waxed and very occasionally waned, crowds surged and sang along and history was made, come rain or shine, beneath a West Country moon.

1 hour, 29 minutes

Music Played

  • Angela Wolff

    Rolling In The Deep

  • Patrick Lindner

    Feuer Und Regen

  • Rihanna

    Rehab

  • Levellers

    One Way (Live)

  • Orbital

    Impact

  • The Prodigy

    Firestarter

  • The Chemical Brothers

    Hey Boy Hey Girl (Live)

  • JAY-Z

    Change Clothes

  • Larz-Kristerz

    Purple Rain

  • Coldplay

    Shiver

  • Radiohead

    Bodysnatchers

  • Radiohead

    Karma Police

  • Radiohead

    Paranoid Android

  • Paul McCartney

    Hey Jude

  • Beyoncé

    Irreplaceable (Live)

  • R.E.M.

    Everybody Hurts

  • Pulp

    Common People

  • Dolly Parton

    9 To 5 (Live At Glastonbury)

  • U2

    Vertigo

  • Muse

    Uprising

  • Oasis

    Live Forever (Live At Glastonbury '95)

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Edith Bowman
Producer John Williams
Executive Producer Alison Howe
Executive Producer Mark Cooper

Broadcasts

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