glastonbury 2011 video highlights

Of all the festivals in the world, Glastonbury has a certain cache that puts it above the rest. Maybe it’s the mud, or the pyramid stage, or the massive lineups, but it’s a music mecca I hope to pilgrimage to one day.

Plenty of attention will be paid to the sets of Coldplay and Beyonce today, but we’ll leave that for others. Here, we’ll start our video recap of the Glasto weekend with one of the all time greats.

Morrissey greeted the crowd with “funny seeing me here,” but he seemed to relish the opportunity to perform before such an adoring crowd. In the first clip, check out “First Of The Gang To Die,” and enjoy a doubleheader of greatness with “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” and “Alma Matters” in the second clip:

Radiohead played a surprise set Friday at the Park Stage, performing much of The King Of Limbs, plus new track “Staircase” and a handful of classics. Here’s a great quality clip of “Bloom”:

You can watch seven more of the 14-song set via CoS.

Another favorite, The Horrors, played the John Peel Tent on Saturday. Here’s “Still Life” from the forthcoming Skying LP:

Primal Scream brought their Screamadelica Live show to Glasto… here’s an epic rendition of “Come Together”:

Perfect for a summer festival, Friendly Fires brought a tropical vibe with the Pala standout “Hawaiian Air”:

I think you get a true sense of Glastonbury in this next clip, The Chemical Brothers “Don’t Think.” From the land that invented rave culture, this is as close as you can get in 2011:

And finally, U2 was the big headliner Friday night at the Pyramid Stage. Even though they for some reason did a cover of Coldplay’s “Yellow,” thankfully they rolled out classics like “I Will Follow”:

If you like that live version, download it here:

Thanks to the BBC for most of the video — hopefully they don’t yank it from the US region. Check out the BBC Glastonbury site for more live performances.

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