Glastonbury 2010: What have we learnt?

Daniel Harris | Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Glastonbury 2010: What have we learnt?

Now the dust has settled and we've had a bath it's time to look back and reflect on 10 things we didn't know about Glastonbury Festival this time last week.

1. The weather is always a talking point.
Stringer Bell in The Wire once commented that no one cared or noticed a '40 degree day'. Unfortunately this happy medium has yet to be found at Glastonbury. Rain brings mud - no chance of a daytime snooze. Sun brings heat - no chance of a daytime snooze.

2. The Scissor Sisters have the best manager in the world.
How else can a band with only one good song, a critical and commercial flop of a second album and an awful new single be second on the bill on the Pyramid Stage? Did promising to bring Kylie and sharing the same label as big hitter Snoop Dogg have anything to do with it?

3. Gaymers Cider will kick your face in.
A pretty tasty treat best drank in excess. Heed the warning kids, heed the warning.

4. The Pet Shop Boys can make Coldplay sound good.
The campest thing to hit Glastonbury since 100,000 tents and it was incredible. Their performance fitted drama, choreography, seamless set and costume changes as well as an awe-inspiring cover of 'Viva La Viva' that with a bit of luck will do Chris Martin's back in for the next 10 years.
5. Crumpets; the most versatile food type ever.
The kind and glamorous ladies on the Strumpets with Crumpets store showed us that waffles ain't got nothin' on crumpets. Bloody Mary Crumpets? Roast Dinner Crumpets? Goats Cheese Crumpets? Cream Tea Crumpets? There just weren't enough meal times.
6. Candi Staton's still got the love
The Longcut and Florence do muster up decent enough versions, but only one diva truly owns the song.

7. Why so many broken limbs?
Every tenth person appeared to be crutches. A sign that only Glastonbury can draw devotion from an audience whatever unfortunate predicaments they find themselves in.

8. The Gorillaz were good.
Contrary to media reports, Damon Albarn and an amazing array of special guests did put on a fantastic show. True, the orchestral opening for 'White Flag' was unnecessarily long, but then Bashy and Kano bounced on and momentum was instantly restored.

9. Stevie Wonder is the only man alive allowed to play a keytar.
It's an inspiring thought to put oneself in Stevie Wonder's shoes; completely blind yet willing and able to walk unassisted onto a stage in front of 80,000+ people and find his microphone, all the while playing a keytar. He later went on to perform a Jimi Hendrix-like solo on the instrument lying on his back, tong wagging. Done your back in, Bono?

10. Every other festival pales into insignificance.
Can any other event, musical or otherwise, spark such dewy-eyed romanticism from its punters and performers? Will we see Glastonbury continue to inspire and evolve over the next 40 years? Absolutely.

Thank you, and Happy Birthday Glastonbury. Here's to the next 40 years.