Satisfaction: The Rolling Stones were the best headliners in Glastonbury's 43 year history, says Michael Eavis


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The Rolling Stones were the best headliners in Glastonbury’s 43-year history according to the festival’s ‘father’ Michael Eavis.

The organiser, 77, who owns Worthy Farm in Somerset and who runs the festival with his daughter Emily, said he was unsure how next year’s headliners (who have already been booked) could live up to Saturday night’s two-hour performance.

"It was 43 years in the making, 50 years for them, and we've finally come together. We're on the same page at last," Eavis told the Surrey Comet.

He said he had tried to secure the Stones for years and called Saturday’s set one of the highlights of his festival experience, placing Sir Mick Jagger and pals ahead of Radiohead, U2 and Oasis in his top ten headliners.

But getting them to the festival hadn’t been easy, he revealed. "It's the whole razzmatazz of the occasion - the two of us finally getting together at long last. I had to prove myself to them. We were a bunch of hippies; it's hardly a Rolling Stones set up, is it?" he said.

More than 100,000 revellers watched the Stones’ gig at the Pyramid stage – a record for the festival – and the area had to be expanded to accommodate the crowd.