Glastonbury 2016: Adele headlines Pyramid Stage but why aren't more women topping the bill?
This Saturday (25 June) Adele will become the second solo female performer to headline the main stage at Glastonbury in 25 years, following in Beyonce footsteps in 2011. Gracing the iconic Pyramid Stage may be run-of-the-mill for Muse and Coldplay – who, staggeringly, have headlined a collective seven times – but a women headlining is viewed as momentous despite the record-breaking feats Adele has chalked up over recent years. One of the biggest, most respected music festivals in the world – with more than 100,000 clamouring to get to Somerset's Worthy Farm each year, and global superstars jostling for a slot on the prestigious Pyramid Stage – Glastonbury began as a small gathering, inspired by progressive hippies and the counterculture movement. Some question if Adele is festival material let alone a headliner. Critics complain her string of heartbreak hits, such as Someone Like You, will do little to trigger the festivalgoer spirit.But there is no diminishing her status as one of the most successful music artists in the world – with second album, 21, just trumping her third, 25, by selling 20 million copies worldwide – two of the biggest-selling albums of the 21st century. Pretty much everything Adele touches turns to gold so her place on the Pyramid Stage is deserved. But there are many who deserve headline slots, not just at Glastonbury. For instance, it is puzzling as to why Madonna – queen of pop – has never headlined a major festival this side of the pond.
© REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov Glastonbury Festival 2016
The star switched the lyrics of her chart-topping record to, "I'm at Glastonbury dreaming about who I used to be", as she took in her location. "Glastonbury means the world to me, I'm not even lying," she said later. "I've always wanted to do this my whole life but I've been too scared."
Adele, who famously suffers from stage fright, previously ruled out ever performing at Glastonbury due to her fear of the big stage. She said last year: "I think I have made myself pretty clear on Glastonbury. "The crowds are too big – I don't know if I could do it."
On stage, the 28-year-old songwriter then found a young girl in the crowd and told her she's been coming to the festival "since I was your age" and invited her on stage for an impromptu selfie.
Glastonbury 2016: Festival kicks off after traffic jams, mud and EU referendum result
After battling through the traffic jams and the mud, Glastonbury-goers have pitched their tents, applied their face paint, and are now making the most of the five-day festival of contemporary performing arts. Revellers awoke this morning to find that Britain had voted to leave the European Union and that David Cameron had resigned as prime minister. Festival organisers campaigned strongly for the Remain camp ahead of the referendum, erecting a large IN sign outside a publicity tent. Most festivalgoers appeared to be in support of remaining in the European Union. Many flew EU flags outside their tents, while others wore the flags as capes. The mood at Worthy Farm deteriorated after the news of the ballot result spread. The first ever Glastonbury festival – then known as the Pilton Festival – was held by Michael Eavis in 1970. Located on Worthy Farm in Somerset, the festival was held every year until 1981. It was then that Eavis introduced a break every five years, allowing the land, local population, and organisers a break. Day one of this year's festival saw thousands of festivalgoers observe a minute of silence, led by singer Billy Bragg, in remembrance of Labour MP Jo Cox, who was murdered on 16 June. The festival runs until 26 June, with Adele and Coldplay among the acts performing for tens of thousands of people. IBTimes UK presents some of the best photos taken over the first couple of days of Glastonbury 2016.
The star, said at the end of the 90-minute performance: "I didn't want to come on and now I don't want to go off.
"I have never been so moved by anything in my life… This is, by far, the best moment of my life so far."
Her 90-minute, 15-song set was watched by musicians like Robbie Williams and James Corden, amongst others.
Adele also questioned the crowd on their toilet habits, bet them £50 she would fall down on stage and joked about the BBC warning her for "strong language" in her performance after swearing 33 times during her set. She said: "The BBC had to give me a warning for my potty-mouth. Did Muse get that?"
THE SOMEONE LIKE YOU SING ALONG GETS ME EVERYTIME ?? Vc: @loveadele.always
A video posted by adele (@adelelovex) on Jun 25, 2016 at 9:00pm PDT
Adele's fans took to Twitter, praising the singer's bubbly personality, regardless the swearing. © Joern Pollex / getty Adele
Adele is dazzling in candid make-up free photos .
Adele looked as radiant as ever as she went make-up free for a series of photos on Instagram.Adele has floored her social media followers with a series of striking photos in which she has ditched her trademark winged eyeliner and gone completely make-up free. The notoriously private Hello hitmaker delighted her fans as she gave them a rare glimpse into her life offstage as she enjoyed some rare downtime during her tour.