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Glastonbury 2019 was epic. This year the hallowed 900 acres of lush British countryside were engulfed by nearly 210,000 people.

Fun fact, this year’s festival took a historic stance against plastic, where the sale of plastic water bottles was banned from festival grounds. Greenery, plastic and eco-friendliness aside, here are five awesome performances you can watch instead of wishing you were there.

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Glastonbury 2019 was the scene of an epic line up, treating over 200,000 music fans. Here are 5 must-watch performances.

Miley Cyrus (aka ‘Ashley O’)

Miley Cyrus embraced her Black Mirror alter ego, Ashley Operforming On A Roll, her pop remake of Nine Inch Nails banger, Head Like a Hole, and also a heavier cover of the latter. This is the first time that Cyrus performed the unexpectedly popular tv series hit live.

Kylie Minogue

14 years after being forced to cancel her headline performance at Glastonbury 2005 due to a breast cancer diagnosis, Aussie pop royalty Kylie Minogue returned to Glastonbury in top form.

A notable highlight was her emotional address to the crowd reflecting on her journey, which was followed by a performance of her hit Can’ Get You Out of My Head with Coldplay lead singer, Chris Martin. Here’s the only currently available footage of her performance, her legendary track Spinning Around.

Stormzy

Local legend Stormzy has made a “historic” performance, being the first solo black British headliner at Glastonbury. The grime artist’s stellar performance has been heralded by artists and politicians alike.

He was praised for his use of the platform to speak out against the disproportionate criminal treatment of black, Asian and minority ethnic people in the UK.

Tame Impala

Aussie psychedelic rock sensations, and Coachella headliners, Tame Impala returned to the Glastonbury stage this year to give audiences another dose of their trippy goodness. Check out their performance of their new single Borderline below.

The Chemical Brothers

With an Australian tour booked for the tail end of 2019, I was excited to get a cheeky warm-up courtesy of The Chemical Brothers. Their career-spanning set features classic tracks such as Hey Boy, Hey Girl and Galvanise, plus choice tunes from their latest LP No Geography.

 

Make your way over to YouTube to check out the rest of BBC Music’s coverage of the festival.

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July 1, 2019