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Sunday, 30 June, 2002, 10:20 GMT 11:20 UK
Glastonbury's endless variety
Glastonbury fans
The fans have had good weather so far

The old hippies would hardly have known what to make of it.

The three members of chart-topping girl group Mis-Teeq were jumping around and pumping out their hits on stage in the dance tent - and the big crowd was giving the group one of the most rapturous receptions of the weekend.

Nobody can accuse Glastonbury of not appealing to all tastes.

Stereophonics singer Kelly Jones
Main stage choice: Kelly Jones of Stereophonics
Many of the fans that were not watching Mis-Teeq on Saturday night were either at the Pyramid Stage for headliners Stereophonics, one of the most biggest rock acts in the UK at the moment, or watching dance DJs Orbital, who are festival favourites, on the second stage.

If those acts still did not appeal, at the same time French world music star Manu Chao was headlining the Jazz/World Stage and drum 'n' bass perennials Dreadzone were in The Glade, while former Led Zeppelin star Robert Plant had just finished playing with his new band on the Acoustic Stage.

Smaller stages

One of the best things about Glastonbury is that you can always find some great music across the 10 stages, even if the main bands do not appeal.

Morning Star
Local favourites: Morning Star
The band I was most eager to see at this year's event were not one of the big names - and were hardly on a stage at all.

Called Morning Star, the wistful Bristolian nine-piece only just fitted onto a small stage in a café in the Field of Avalon.

Their CD, My Place in the Dust, was adored by some critics but ignored by the public.

Only a handful of people in the Avalon Café had heard of them beforehand - but many more discovered them here, and unexpected surprises like that help make Glastonbury so special.

Saturday's line-up was full of intriguing prospects, and after Morning Star's performance, it was a short walk to watch French Algerian singer Rachid Taha in the Jazz/World arena.

Glastonbury fans
The cleanest pair at Glastonbury?
Looking like he should be Algeria's answer to Robbie Williams, it was a fair bet that there was no-one else like him playing during the weekend.

Wearing amazing technicolour trousers, he added heavy rock guitars and techno beats to traditional Algerian rhythms to produce songs that could be quite hypnotising.

Glastonbury is also a good place to size up new bands who could be the headliners of the future.


There were several hotly-tipped groups playing on Saturday evening, beginning with young punky Australian trio The Vines, who have had the title of "the new Nirvana" placed on their shoulders by the music press.

Disappointingly, they failed to ignite the large crowd who had turned out to see whether they could live up to the hype.

Maybe it was just the fact that the sky had suddenly gone grey and the sound was being blown away.

Or maybe they just weren't very good after all.

Also tipped for big things were the more impressive Leeds quartet The Music, who did their best to call forth the psychedelic spirits of Led Zeppelin and The Stone Roses in the New Bands Tent.

1960s survivor Donovan joined Starsailor on stage
And many fans got their first glimpse of The White Stripes, relative newcomers but one of the most enigmatic and exciting bands of the weekend, with a prestigious evening slot on the Pyramid Stage.

The Detroit duo of Jack and Meg White continue to keep fans guessing about whether they are man and wife, or brother and sister - but whatever the chemistry between them, it worked at Glastonbury.

Yelping out his raw blues vocals, Jack was part Elvis Presley, part Jimi Hendrix and part Frank 'n' furter.

By the time Mis-Teeq took the stage in the dance tent at 2300 BST, most dance fans who had been fixtures in there over the weekend had moved to watch Orbital, and were replaced by pop-lovers, kids and townies who had somehow strayed into the Somerset countryside.

Tim Burgess
Charlatans singer Tim Burgess on the main stage
Mis-Teeq are unlikely to gain the credibility that Tom Jones, Rolf Harris and Tony Bennett earned from Glastonbury shows because nobody in the crowd was being the slightest bit ironic, and the group have not been around long enough to become cult worship material.

They were one of the most charismatic and energetic groups here, and they certainly out-performed some of the rock bands.

But Glastonbury regulars will hope that acts more suited to the Smash Hits Poll Winners' Party remain as novelty acts in the future.

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