Sunshine, Tinie Tempah, Coldplay warm up Glastonbury

Sat Jun 25, 2011 7:35pm EDT
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By Mike Collett-White

PILTON, England (Reuters) - The sun shone and the good times rolled on Saturday at the Glastonbury music festival, where London rapper Tinie Tempah had a huge crowd jumping and Coldplay closed with the packed headline slot.

This year's festival, one of the highlights of the live music calendar, has been blighted by rain and mud, but the feelgood factor was back as Glastonbury neared its climax on Sunday in the form of Beyonce on the main stage.

Manchester's Elbow wowed an audience of tens of thousands while Pulp were surprise guests and electronic dance duo Chemical Brothers drew a large audience at the Other Stage.

"We're so happy the sun came out for you," said Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin during his night time set, introduced with a short fireworks display. "What it means to us you can't even begin to imagine."

The band behind hits "Yellow," "Fix You" and "Speed of Sound" mixed the old and fresh, giving the crowd of over 50,000 a chance to sing along to old classics while showcasing newer works ahead of the release of a new album.

Earlier in the day, Elbow launched a charm offensive that saw lead singer Guy Garvey order beer on stage and the Pyramid Stage crowd singing the band a raucous "Happy Birthday" to mark its 20th anniversary.

"Elbow bring graceful celebrations of love and friendship and an emotional directness that floors you," wrote Guardian critic Dorian Lynskey in a five-star review. "The crowd radiate goodwill; Elbow respond with gratitude and generosity."

Also popular was 22-year-old London rapper Tempah, part of a wave of rap and hip-hop artists embraced in recent years by a festival best known for indie guitar music.   Continued...