LIVE REVIEW: Top 7 Glastonbury Festival 2016 acts

  1. Adele headlines

She did it. We had our doubts about whether her Saturday Pyramid-headlining set would be uptempo enough but in the end it was the mix of revealing banter, heartfelt material and an exceptional voice which made the muddiest ever Glastonbury memorable for so much more than the weather.

  • Read on for acts including Hobo Jones and the Junkyard Dogs, Hurts and Shura

2. Hobo Jones and the Junkyard Dogs

We caught their 1pm Friday Avalon opening slot and the much more drunken midnight Saturday Avalon Cafe closer which again featured Fruitbat from Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine and Attila the Stockbroker. Looking for covers with a twist, laughs and anthemic singalongs which typify the festival’s spirit in its original birthplace 46 years ago? Look no further.

3. Hurts deploy gospel choir


It’s 2.45pm on the Other Stage on Saturday and Hurts deploy a gospel choir evoking Like A Prayer-era Madonna from the 90s throughout their set as they mix material from their first three albums.

4. Jeremy Hardy

It’s Friday afternoon in the Cabaret Tent and one of our favourite comedians proves an insightful commentator on the EU referendum result which had broken hours earlier.

5. Shura


Debut album Nothing’s Real is out 8/7 and the highlights from it are featured here at noon on Saturday on the Other Stage. It’s very Robyn but far more commercial and electronic.

6. Land of the Giants

One of the most exciting things about Glastonbury is the wealth of talent on the more than 100 stages away from the main areas and we discovered this ska-fuelled group which reminded us of Rudimental at two sets on Thursday evening, first at the Gateway Stage and then at the Bread and Roses pub.

7. Paul Heaton and Jacqueline Abbott

It’s Sunday afternoon and we weren’t expecting these two to mine their Housemartins and Beautiful South back catalogues quite so successfully and extensively here on the Other Stage. A great closer from their current album proves Heaton’s lost none of his fire.

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