Everything You Need To Know About Glastonbury 2014

The rain was relentless, Metallica won over the doubters, Dolly Parton played the Benny Hill theme tune on a rhinestone saxophone, and Arya Stark went out raving.

1. The BBC’s Glastonbury weather forecast struck a note of caution in the run-up to the festival.

2. But that didn’t deter 170,000 people from descending on Worthy Farm, geared up for what was certain to be the sunniest, most glorious Glastonbury ever!

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4. Oh dear.

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5. Bugger.

6. News of the dismal weather led to the inevitable outburst of schadenfreude among those tweeting at home.

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I didn't realise the iPhone weather app had a schadenfreude setting.

— B to A to the R R Y (@QuantumPirate)

8. Some people found creative ways to recreate the experience at home.

9. On site, there was admirable creativity on display in the tent department.

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10. Given the whole “peak beard” phenomenon, it was quite possibly the beardiest Glastonbury of all time.

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11. The World Cup exerted an influence, as evidenced by this creative use of “referee spray”.

12. And the celebrity showing was strong. Here’s Bradley Cooper watching Metallica.

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13. And here he is hanging out with Noel Gallagher and Lars Ulrich.

14. Here’s Michael Fassbender.

15. Though Maisie Williams won in the coolness stakes.

16. This is her raving.

17. This is her watching Ed Sheeran.

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18. And here’s Sophie Turner, who plays Williams’ on-screen sister Sansa Stark in Game Of Thrones.

19. Music-wise, Haim on Friday were an early highlight.

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20. Everyone was pretty taken with Este’s “bass face”.


21. Lightning hit the Pyramid Stage during Rudimental’s set, causing it to be shut down for a bit.

22. Which according to some people may have been for the best.

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23. For a while there things got pretty grim.

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24. But then the storm passed, Lily Allen came on and everything was OK again.

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26. The sun came out and people got a bit smug.

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27. Arcade Fire divided opinion with their Friday night headline set.

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28. Some people loved it, others thought it dragged just a touch.

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29. At some point, Skrillex happened.

32. Not everyone was on board with Saturday night headliners Metallica.

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33. Rather brilliantly, Metallica took all the insults they’d received since being booked and turned them into an official T-shirt.

34. In the event, they smashed it.

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35. Though since the start of their set clashed with the Colombia vs Uruguay match, there were some tough decisions to be made at home.

Problem solved #COLvsURU #MetallicaGlastonbury

— Danny Kemp (@dannyctkemp)

36. All the pre-show grumbling about them being too heavy for Glastonbury ended up seeming a bit silly.

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I think it's safe to say #Metallica are giving a materclass in how headline Glastonbury !

— Princess Pj (@glossyglitz)
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#metallica should headline glastonbury every year hahah

— Yoni (@TechYoni)

40. There was a lot of headbanging.

41. Bassist Rob Trujillo did his weird crab walk thing.


42. Lars Ulrich certainly seemed to enjoy himself. He told the crowd:

I came down here last night and I’ve walked every corner of this festival, and let me tell you, there is no place like this on this fucking earth. Metallica loves you and we hope to see you another fucking time!

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44. Dolly Parton was the Sunday highlight, drawing a colossal crowd on the Pyramid Stage.

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45. Naturally, everyone sung themselves hoarse to “9 to 5”.

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46. Though this was the best bit.

Dolly Parton playing the Benny Hill theme on a diamond encrusted saxophone. What more could I want in life?

— H Brooke-Taylor (@GalacticPlastic)

Have I suffered a concussion or has Dolly Parton just played the Benny Hill theme tune on a tiny saxophone?

— Keith Stuart (@keefstuart)

49. Love you, Glastonbury.

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Luke Lewis is BuzzFeed's Head of European Growth and is based in London.
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