Mumfords to close Glastonbury after Stones triumph
Mick Jagger, center, Ronnie Wood, left ,Charlie Watts, rear on drums and Keith Richards, right, of British band the Rolling Stones, perform on the Pyramid main stage at Glastonbury, England, Saturday, June 29, 2013. Thousands of music fans have arrived for the festival to see headliners, Arctic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones.(Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
LONDON (AP) — Mumford & Sons are bringing the Glastonbury Festival to a close Sunday, with many music fans still on a high from the Rolling Stones' first-ever gig at Britain's leading music extravaganza.
The Mumfords' performance will be the Grammy-winning folk-rockers' first since bassist Ted Dwane had surgery for a blood clot on his brain earlier this month.
The banjo-wielding balladeers are sure to get a raucous reception. But Saturday belonged to the Rolling Stones, with festival founder Michael Eavis declaring the band's show "the high spot of 43 years of Glastonbury."
"It's the whole razzmatazz of the occasion — the two of us finally getting together at long last," said Eavis.
Mick Jagger of British band the Rolling Stones performs on the Pyramid main stage at Glastonbury, England, Saturday, June 29, 2013. Thousands of music fans have arrived for the festival to see headliners, Arctic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and the Rolling Stones.(Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
The Stones, joined by ex-member Mick Taylor on guitar, played for more than two hours on the festival's main Pyramid Stage, giving fans a clutch of hits, from opener "Jumpin' Jack Flash" through to encores of "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."
Organizers estimated 100,000 of the 135,000 festival ticket-holders watched the Stones, including celebrity music fans Prince Harry and Kate Moss.
The gig was a coup for the three-day festival, which has been trying to book the band for years, although there were grumbles from TV viewers because the band agreed to let the BBC air only an hour of its set.
If the music of the Stones, who formed in 1962, is familiar to the point of parody, many in the audience felt it retained plenty of power.