Beyoncé at Glastonbury Music Festival
Her 18-song set included “Crazy in Love,” “Single Ladies,” “Halo,” and “Best Thing I Never Had”–arguably her greatest hits–Beyoncé Knowles certainly wowed them in the United Kingdom over the weekend at the Glastonbury Music Festival. (I read she humped the stage at one point at the above video, from what Vulture states.) She may have shaken the bones of King Arthur and Guinevere sleeping forever in their unknown crypt, especially with covering songs and bits of songs by other music superstars like Alanis Morrisette‘s “You Oughta Know,” the Kings of Leon’s “Sex on Fire,” and the Eurythmics‘ “Sweet Dreams.”
Bey closed with “Halo.”
The verdicts from Brit critics? Mixed. One carped that it was hard to keep up with all of the covers Bey sang, and that some fans actually left during the performance. Some participants were let down by the glitz of it all overall; it was their view that Glastonbury had sold out (well, that may have happened long before Beyoncé headlined there). You could have fooled me with all of the excitement shown by the crowds; it was obvious that she was very well-received.
And husband Jay Z was there along with pal Gwyneth Paltrow, and the BBC 2 cameras sometimes wandered his and Paltrow’s way near the front rows. The Daily Mail suggests that it was Paltrow’s husband, Chris Martin of Coldplay, who had encouraged Beyonce to come. Martin was said to be watching the performance from the side of the stage, and that he had even vetted Bey’s song list. Interesting.
Beyoncé said that it was her dream to perform as a rock star, and at Glastonbury, and that the crowds were witnesses to her dream, and were all rock stars as well. Well, as dreams go, this was quite a biggie, although no one there, except for the other celebrities who attended, could probably command her princely sums–or afford some of the pronouncements that she makes in some of her songs.