A very British, and muddy, Glastonbury wraps up for another year

Mon Jun 27, 2016 3:04pm EDT
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By Jemima Kelly

GLASTONBURY, England (Reuters) - As weary Glastonbury fans extricated their tents and cars from the ankle-deep mud on Monday morning, they could at least bathe in the glow of a “Best of British” music festival that did something to dispel their gloom at seeing fellow Britons vote to leave the EU.

Although Glastonbury, held at a dairy farm in Somerset, southwestern England, is well-known for its wet and muddy conditions, this year's festival was particularly soggy, with rain falling on every day of the event.

With some car parks flooded, many of those departing had to get local farmers to come and help tow vehicles away - for a fee.

Michael Eavis, who founded the music and performing arts festival in 1970, told the Guardian newspaper that "every single bit of wood chip in the south of England" had been brought to the festival site in an attempt to improve the muddy conditions.

"I've never seen mud like it in my whole life," he told the newspaper. "In all 46 years, it hasn't been as bad as this."

British superband Coldplay closed the festival in spectacular fashion on Sunday night, reeling off hit after hit, lighting up both the stage and the crowd, and sending revelers off into the night singing.

Eavis came on stage at the end of Coldplay's set to sing Frank Sinatra's "My Way", accompanied on the piano by the band's front man, Chris Martin. With lyrics such as "And now, the end is near", the song choice sparked rumors that 80-year-old Eavis was stepping down as festival organizer.

Coldplay, who have headlined the festival a record-breaking four times, had earlier brought on Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees for two songs, including the Bee Gees' hit "Staying Alive", which provoked ecstatic screams from the crowd.   Continued...

Coldplay perform on The Pyramid stage at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival, Britain, June 26, 2016. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov