Glastonbury 2014: the best bits

Tents are packed down, wellies are hosed off and our heads are bursting with loads of amazing musical memories...

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 2 Jul 2014
  • min read

Tents are packed down, wellies have been hosed off and our heads are bursting at the seams with loads of amazing musical memories... this year's Glastonbury Festival took an age to finally come around but was over in a flash.

Here, we relive some of our finest moments, with help from the PRS for Music set list collectors...

Aphex Twin, The Temple, Friday
Walking into The Temple, it was instantly obvious something amazing was about to happen. The ‘venue’ itself was a cross between a 1988 warehouse party and a Mayan shrine, clad in UV lighting and trippy tribal images.

True to form, Aphex Twin’s set started slow and harsh, as wave upon crashing wave of beatless industrial noise knocked the crowd sideways. Then, over the space of three confusing hours, he flaunted enough pounding, glitched-out techno to send everyone into raptures. Aphex’s second (secret) set of the weekend, placed in a more intimate setting, melted the rest of our ears away.

Dolly Parton, Pyramid Stage, Sunday
Dolly Parton was just perfect for the Sunday afternoon slot, showering plenty of corn, camp, joy and a few tears across Worthy Farm. The Tennessee singer songwriter proved she’s still got it, treating us all to her best banter and classiest hits. With a heart as big as her famous assets, she soon had 100,000 people in the palm of her hands.

We can’t recall ever seeing so many burly men in gingham and blonde wigs outside of a Pride march, and looking back up the hill across an ocean of singing, waving, united people we had a tear in our eye. One love. One gorgeous Glastonbury moment.

Youngsta and MC:SP, Block 9, Saturday
Imagine London has been left to rot - all that remains is decrepit buildings covered in weeds – then add a tube train that’s crashed through the middle of a lavishly seedy tranny club… That’s Block 9. Having stumbled in there at 4am on Sunday morning with no idea who was playing, we were blown away by the sonic and visual gems we encountered. Youngsta's set was so forward thinking, progressive and perfectly matched with the minimal laidback patter of SP:MC that the pair were seriously hard to beat. Weaving slow, crisp, heavy tech beats and bass-driven electronica into a constantly evolving set, they had the crowd mesmerised, connected and uplifted.

All throughout, the room was pitch black with minimal red and white lasers creating boxes, 3D structures and false ceilings of light that complimented the music perfectly. The risk of over-exposure to cutting edge music and art sub-cultures (for those willing to venture into the darker corners of this immense festival) is one of the many reasons we'll always love Glastonbury.

Connan Mockasin, Park Stage, Sunday
This was wee Connan Mockasin’s second outing at Glastonbury, having already rushed through a bonkers 20-minute set at William's Green on the Friday - and he certainly didn’t disappoint.

There were plenty of laughs and lots of wobbles in among wafts of ridiculously hypnotic guitar solos. The audience basked as New Zealand's most professional prankster lavished a very wonky version of Forever Dolphin Love on us - definitely among the weekend’s most amazing musical highlights.

Jagwar Ma DJ set, Crow’s Nest, Sunday
After their incredible performance on the Park Stage on Saturday, we got wind that Jagwar Ma were gearing up to DJ at the Crow’s Nest on Sunday night. What a treat! When we rocked up, keyboardist Jacko was playing allsorts of brilliantly random stuff including the theme tune to Jurassic Park, which was such an incredibly niche choice, it went down a storm.

Anti Flag, Left Field Stage, Sunday
A rousing set from Anti Flag on the Left Field stage concluded with a three-song encore of Clash songs (London Calling, Police on My Back and Should I Stay), climaxing with the drummer (moving and) playing his kit within the audience, surrounded by a full-on mosh pit!

House Gospel Choir warm-up
We caught the guys and gals from the House Gospel Choir warming up for a secret Kooks gig behind the John Peel Stage – absolutely amazing. Everyone had a multiple goose bump moment!

Robert Plant, Pyramid Stage, Saturday
Robert Plant's eclectic set drew on the spirit of 1973 without being suffocated by it. And then later, shirt totally undone, we saw him backstage completely at ease with his Golden God status. We swear that man must be allergic to buttons…

Kasabian, Pyramid Stage, Sunday
Around 100,000 people gathered at the Pyramid Stage for the weekend's closing headliners. And what a Glastonbury moment! Even the non-believers were touched. The Leicester lads put on a visual and sonic feast that is sure to stay with everyone for a long time to come. The highlight was when Serge was on-stage with just his guitar and a trumpet player covering Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy. Magic.

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Each year, PRS for Music sends a field team to work backstage with staff, managers and artists. They gather set lists from all the performers and the information is processed so that songwriters get paid when their music is played on-stage.

If you are a PRS for Music member and want to report your festival appearances, please email

This year’s set listers were: Greg Marshall, Clare Worley, Stuart Belsham, Tony Lawrence, Mika Partanen, Paul Newman, Naomi Belshaw, Jack Stanley, Gareth Price, Michael Robeson, Jake Wells and Derrianne Byrne.