Glasto Goodness Part 12 – 2011

I went to Glastonbury for 20 years between 1997 and 2017, amazingly missing out on tickets just once (the rivers of mud festival in 2005!)

I’ve managed to piece together every programme, mini guide, ticket and mud-spattered wristband that’s been hidden away in boxes up in my attic for years (see them all here!) Sadly my addled old brain is incapable of piecing together enough memories to write a review for each year so here’s some great footage and photos I have found from Glastonbury 2011 – the year U2 finally headlined the Pyramid Stage on a rainy but very atmospheric Friday night. We opted for the Chemical Brothers over Coldplay on the Saturday night (great decision – one of my favourite Glasto performances of all time!) and we went for the brilliant Queens of the Stone age over Beyonce on the Sunday.

2011 saw the introduction of the ‘Spirit of 71’ stage and it was here I saw Nik Turner’s Space Ritual – the closest I’d ever get to seeing Glasto legends Hawkwind at the festival (one of my all time favourite bands).

This was also the year Radiohead played a secret set on The Park stage and we were there to witness the greatness. Another of my favourite ever Glastonbury performances making this one of the best festivals I’ve been to. As always we missed loads of great bands (including Pulp’s secret set on the Park) but we had a blast. Oh, and it was the first time we took my brother to Glastonbury. He loved it…!

My artefacts

My programme, mini-guide, ticket stub and wristband from Glastonbury 2011

The Poster

The poster – Glastonbury 2011
U2 headlining the Pyramid Stage on the Friday night at Glastonbury 2011. This was the first time I’d seen them since Wembley in 1987!
Radiohead’s secret (unannounced) set on the Park Stage – Friday evening at Glastonbury 2011.
This footage was shot by fans and compiled into a single video with mastered audio – great job!
The Chemical Brothers headlined the Other Stage on Saturday night at Glastonbury 2011 – one of the most mesmerising live performances I’ve ever seen and one of the best audiences I’ve ever been part of. Well worth missing Coldplay on the Pyramid!
Nik Turner’s Space Ritual featuring former Hawkwind members on the Spirit of ’71 stage – Glastonbury 2011
Former Smiths front man Morrissey on the Pyramid Stage, Friday night at Glastonbury 2011
Two Door Cinema Club – Friday afternoon on the Pyramid Stage, Glastonbury 2011
While Beyonce was shaking her booty on the Pyramid Stage on the Sunday night we rocked out to the brilliant Queens of the Stone over on the Other Stage. Great way to close a great festival…

More videos over on my YouTube Channel here:

Some Photo Memories – are you in any of them?!

More great Glasto stuff on t’internet...

The BBC’s highlights from 2011 here

The official Glastonbury Festival History here

E-Festivals brilliant archive here

Loads of great stock photos from 2010 on Alamy here

Were you at Glasto this year? Do you remember much about it?! Share your memories in the comments below…

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