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Monday, 26 June, 2000, 12:00 GMT 13:00 UK
Glastonbury Diary 2000
Glastonbury aerial view
Up in the sky at Glastonbury
BBC News Online's Chris Charles spent the weekend soaking up the sights and sounds of Glastonbury. Here is what he saw.


The Wailers kicked off proceedings on the fancy new-look Pyramid Stage. OK, so the singer wasn't Bob Marley, but that didn't prevent 200 excited, white, middle-class teenagers rushing to the front when they played Stand Up For Your Rights.

Over on the Other Stage, Rico provided their own alarming wake-up call. The lack of a decent song was cunningly disguised by loud guitars and swear words. Ooh, I'm scared.

Over on the Pyramid, the Bluetones turned in a five-star performance, with Mark Morriss on top form.

Fence-jumpers at Glastonbury
Getting in the cheap way

Cypress Hill and the Bloodhound Gang went head to head at tea-time. If the Cypress boys edged it on technical merit, the Bloodhounds were streets ahead, on the swearometer.

Idlewild attempted to keep the momentum going with a fiery 50-minute set.

But singer Roddy Woomble had the wind taken out of his sails by swirling gusts, which too often left his words of wisdom falling on deaf ears.

Traditional British reserve went out of the window when special guest Macy Gray sexed things up on the Pyramid stage.

During a disjointed set, culminating inevitably in I Try, the new first lady of soul kept her clothes on as those around her were losing theirs.

Her blue-haired backing singers gleefully held up their knickers, while one couple took it a stage further as they hung from the speaker gantry, naked as the day they were born.

The Energy 24 tent

The The returned to the fold with old classics like Infected and This Is The Day, standing the test of time. Shame they had to play the new stuff.

Moby, Groove Armada, Reprazent and Elliot Smith all deserve a mention, but there was no doubting the real superstars of the evening.

There was barely room to swing a caterpillar as the world and his wife turned out for the Chemical Brothers and they didn't let the side down.

Kicking off with Hey Boy, Hey Girl and Block Rockin' Beats, they gave a mesmeric display, with stunning, spooky visuals. Forget Boys' Own stuff, this was Revenge of the Nerds at its best.

In true Glastonbury style, the real partying didn't begin until the last band had finished.

Everywhere you looked, people were losing it or larging it, from the Sacred Stones to the not-so-sacred - and aptly named - Lost Vagueness Tent.

Sleep is simply not an option for the hardcore, judging by the huge cheer that greeted the spectacular sunrise. Well, you've got to catch it while you can...

Glastonbury 2000
Up all night


Lethargy descended on Glastonbury, as a combination of sunshine and stinking hangovers stemmed the flow of traffic between stages.

People were content, it seemed, to find a spot and stay there, conserving their energy for later on.

Asian Dub Foundation tried to kickstart the party with a lively blend of hip hop and politics. But while they were well received, the applause was polite rather than rapturous.

Coldplay were the pick of the afternoon's entertainers. The band picked up the vibe to serve up a chilled cocktail of sparkling guitar tunes.

Give it a couple of years and they'll be headlining the main stage.

Taking a leak

The unusually nice weather prompted several people to adopt fancy dress.

Vikings, cave men and even a giant tap were seen drifting across the site, while the entrepreneurs cashed in on warm beers, vodka jellies and some suspect-looking cakes...

On stage, Reef, Ocean Colour Scene and Feeder turned proceedings into a Saturday evening rock-fest, while G Love & Special Sauce funked things up on the jazz stage.

Rolf Harris was given the kind of reception reserved for true superstars.

An excited throng crammed in and around the compact Avalon tent to sing along to the likes of Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport, Two Little Boys and even a version of Robbie Williams' Angels.

Rolf Harris at Glastonbury
Festival hero: Rolf Harris

"It's the best gig I've ever done!" beamed the chuffed Animal Hospital presenter, as the crowd chanted his name. What price a headlining spot on the Pyramid stage in 2001?

Travis were tipped to steal the show, but, like the Manics last year, they failed to get into top gear.

An ordinary set was warmly applauded but you got the feeling their moment had come too soon.

Elsewhere, Leftfield played a blinder while Cerys Matthews made a surprise appearance with the Pet Shop Boys.

Once again, the partying went on until dawn. Just don't ask what was going on in the Field of Weird Beard!

Glastonbury 2000
"Good evening Glastonbury!"


Wrinkly rockers once again took centre stage. Willie Nelson may not have aged as well as Rolf, but the years have not taken their toll on his guitar skills.

The laid-back rockabilly/country set, which included Always On My Mind and On The Road Again was just what the doctor ordered on an energy-sapping afternoon that made standing a real effort.

Love was in the air as festival-goer Richard proposed to girlfriend Louise on the Pyramid Stage.

The event followed an hour in the company of David Gray, standing in for the sick Burt Bacharach.

The singer's folky, middle-of-the-road tunes were pleasant enough, without ever being exciting, which suited the weary crowd.

Louise said yes, by the way.

Peace, love, and....

A big crowd turned out for the return of the Happy Mondays and they certainly witnessed an entertaining afternoon.

Shaun Ryder admitted he couldn't sing at times, but just managed to hold it together during a greatest hits set which included Hallelulah, Kinky Afro, Step On and Black Grape's Reverend Black Grape.

Bez was in fine form and a female streaker spiced things up by invading the stage during Bob's Yer Uncle, dodging security to dance at the front for the duration of the song - to the obvious delight of the crowd.

The sun, coupled with David Bowie's impending appearance, ensured more people than usual hung around on Sunday.

Embrace did OK, but were let down at times by singer Danny McNamara's weak live voice.

It was all too much for some

The Beta Band, on the other hand, showed why they are rated so highly with a sublime performance on the Other Stage.

Other attractions included an unusual interpretation of Cinderella in the theatre tent, and a carnival that included bondage girls on stilts.

Cometh the hour, cometh the man. David Bowie caught a few people on the hop by starting his set early but by the end, no-one wanted him to finish.

Sporting a new shaggy hairstyle and recovering from a bout of laryngitis, he belted out all the old favourites, including Starman, Ziggy Stardust, Life On Mars and Let's Dance.

He was a happy man when he reluctantly came off after two hours.

The serious party animals gathered up at the Stone Circle to witness the last Glastonbury Festival sunrise.

When it finally emerged at 0515 on Monday, the frenzied drumming and prolonged cheers reverberated around the site.

Forget backstage - the real stars were in the Lost Vagueness tent. Well, Bez was - still wearing his world war pilot's hat from the Mondays gig some hours earlier and looking decidedly the worse for wear.

On that poignant note, it's time to say farewell to the festival for another year.

Glastonbury 2000 - lived it, loved it.

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