One-click Wonder: Headliners
Sunday 01 March 2009
Last week, buzz around Glastonbury 2009 gathered steam with the news that Bruce Springsteen will top the bill on Saturday night - quite a coup, though will The Boss be able to match up to these legendary Glasto performances?
New Order - 1981
Formed from the ashes of Joy Division only a year previously, the Manchester outfit showcased their all-new electronic-inspired sound on the all-new Pyramid stage and proved there was life after Ian Curtis.
Johnny Cash - 1994
Cash’s appearance with wife June Carter was a pivotal moment in his Nineties comeback, and paved the way for a regular Sunday afternoon veterans slot, since filled by the likes of Al Green and Neil Diamond.
Pulp - 1995
Stepping in as last-minute replacements for headliners the Stone Roses, Pulp turned overnight from indie misfits into Britpop superstars, notably thanks to this rabble-rousing rendition of "Common People".
Radiohead - 1997
Coming up against extreme weather and technical hitches, the Oxford miserabilists - then at their OK Computer peak - still gave what organiser Michael Eavis called "the most inspiring festival gig in 30 years".
Jay-Z - 2008
The rapper offered a defiant riposte to those, like Noel Gallagher, who doubted hip-hop's place at the festival with a thrilling set opened by a wry cover of "Wonderwall" and an explosive "99 Problems".
After giving gay film R-rating despite no sex or violencefilm
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 2 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 3 A third of employers never check job applicants' qualifications, survey finds
- 4 James Foley beheading: Fox news presenter Megyn Kelly annoyed by Ferguson update during broadcast about murdered journalist
- 5 Paul Scholes: Manchester United need five experienced players who can turn round a desperate situation
Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
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Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?
American film board gives gay film Love Is Strange R-rating despite no sex or violence
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Crisis? What crisis? A visiting US doctor gives the NHS a rave review
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Scottish Independence Referendum: Salmond described as 'arrogant, ambitious and dishonest' by Scottish women