Sophie Wilkinson | Contributing Editor | Monday, 29 June 2015

You’ve Seen Florence, Now Here Are The Other 10/10 Glasto Sets

You’ve Seen Florence, Now Here Are The Other 10/10 Glasto Sets

The Debrief: Twigs, Pharrell, Mark Ronson, Years & Years and many more did some incredible performances that you can still watch until the end of July...

Florence + The Machine wowed at her headline Glastonbury set this weekend, rousing tens of thousands of fans with energetic rock, frenetic tumbles across the stage, a raucously loud voice, shimmering sequin backdrops and all in all a pretty good argument for doing stuff at the last minute (she only knew she was headlining about two weeks before the actual show). And Kanye West, while a bit lonelier on stage and perhaps less interactive with the fans than Florence, managed to silence critics by pulling out some angry rock alongside the sort of chant-a-long floorfillers he was initially famed for.

But you’ve seen their performances already, haven’t you? And now you’re thirsting for more, right? If so, here are the other sets we think you might be into.

FKA Twigs

FKA Twigs at Glastonbury

Sultry, pounding bass punctuates Twigs’ soaring, ethereal vocals and the dancing – erotic, emotional and exhilarating – along with some butcher-than-butch be-tattooed shape-shifting blokes and one Voguing man means that you might need a cold shower afterwards.

Years & Years

Years and Years at Glastonbury

Soulful, yearning house gets given a joyful uptick from the adorable Olly Alexander’s note-perfect vocals and grinning, sweaty face as he jives through his first ever Glastonbury set like an old pro.

Jessie Ware

Jessie Ware at Glastonbury

Experienced at wowing Glasto's crowds with her soothing soul, Jessie Ware’s set is a solid banger throughout and, even if funk-driven pop-soul isn’t your bag, anyone who keeps a pair of trainers that white and fresh at a festival deserves much kudos.

Kate Tempest

Kate Tempest at Glastonbury

The spoken word poet, politically mindful rapper and sometime-singer comes with words faster than your thoughts can arrange them, and provokes you to sit up and listen – not exactly something to nod off to before bed, but still worth your time.


Caribou at Glastonbury

Caribou have made a set brimming full of surging, exciting electronica that might even be better to appreciate at home without some stranger’s flailing limbs walloping into you as they dance.

Wolf Alice

Wolf Alice at Glastonbury

Want a bunch of hook-laden indie music you can sing along to without even really knowing the words? Check out Wolf Alice. If you’re not sold by that, check out all the festival goers who withstood the rains to enjoy their set!

Jamie xx

Jamie XX at Glastonbury

The quietest member of the quietest band about begins his set with doo-wop before heading into big bassy booms, thrumming synths, housey pianos, glitchy synths and some very euphoric moments that get the whopping crowd cheering in unison.

Ella Eyre

Ella Eyre at Glastonbury

An effortlessly massive voice, oodles of energy, catchy pop and guest tracks in the form of Everything Is Changing, the Sigma ft Paloma Faith song she co-wrote, and Waiting All Night, the Rudimental track that shot her to fame, make Ella’s energetic set a must-watch.

Mark Ronson

Mark Ronson at Glastonbury

Just when you thought you’d forgotten Uptown Funk, Mark Ronson returned with tracks like Bang Bang and his cover of The Smiths’ Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before. Oh, and there’s Boy George throwing back to Culture Club with a rendition of Do You Really Want To Hurt Me and a tribute to Amy Winehouse – using her original vocal and almost nothing else – singing Valerie. That all comes before Uptown Funk featuring Grandmaster Flash, Mary J Blige and George Clinton (the man who basically invented funk).


Dead5aus at Glastonbury

Do you like big wobbly bass? Do you like ear-tensingly loud EDM? Do you like watching crowd shots of teenagers in shellsuits sweating as their jaws grind closer and closer shut? This set is for you.


Pharell Williams at Glastonbury

In case Mark Ronson didn’t infuse you with enough funk, check out Pharrell’s set, which includes the old – Busta Rhymes’s Pass The Courvoisier, N*E*R*D’s Rock Star, Drop It Like It’s Hot, She Wants To Move, Hollaback Girl – and the new – a flat-cap atop Pharrell’s hat instead of theat stupid big cowboy hat. The overall outcome? The realisation that Pharrell’s been giving you ear-worms before most of Happy’s biggest fans (loads of whom were corralled on stage to dance with him) were even born.

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Tags: Festivals, Pharrell, Kanye West, FKA Twigs