Few forces of nature could compel the ELLE team to slog through miles of mud at midnight. Last night, that force was Beyonce, who took to Glastonburys Pyramid Stage in all her big-haired, gold-spangled glory for a set that felt like a master class in how to seduce 100,000 people.
Wearing a gold sequinned blazer (with shoulder spikes, naturally) and black hot pants, Beyonce and her all-woman band delivered sheer vocal power, backed up by fireworks. Singing along to Crazy in Love and Single Ladies from the side of the stage were Gwyneth Paltrow and Jay-Z, who couldnt help but smile throughout.
Even the megastar herself was awed by playing the Pyramid Stageat the beginning of her set, Beyonce took a moment to survey the crowd and say: You are witnessing a dream! I always wanted to be a rock star!
In a post-show interview, Beyonce called watching husband Jay-Zs Glastonbury performance two years ago one of her proudest moments. She added that she spent two months preparing for her Pyramid residency, even sending Coldplays Chris Martin and other industry friends her set list for approval. They all just told me to relax.'
The festival finale was also remarkable for its feminist overtones. A girl, a woman, a young lady has not headlined in 20 years. So this is history, Beyonce said as an introduction to one song. And later, speaking to the BBC, she praised the girl power in the crowd: Tonight, the girls were definitely louder than the fellas.
Beyonce's set capped a festival weekend More