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Sunday 31 August 2014

Glastonbury: Beyoncé whips festival fans into a frenzy on last night

Beyonce performs at the Glastonbury Festival
Beyonce performs at the Glastonbury Festival
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: Coleen Rooney and Wayne Rooney walk through the hospitality area during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 24, 2011 in Glastonbury, England. The festival, which started in 1970 has grown into Europe's largest music festival attracting more than 175,000 people over five days (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Beyonce brought Glastonbury to an "unforgettable" conclusion, squatting, strutting and shimmering across the Pyramid stage like a festival regular.

It was, in fact, her debut, and the R&B hit machine is now one of just a few women to have headlined the main stage.

She was, naturally enough for a diva, late. A few boos were heard as boredom set in. But that was quickly forgiven as more than 50,000 fans crammed on the famous muddy hill screamed in unison as she declared: "This is my dream."

At the beginning of the set she appeared silhouetted against a white triangle of light and the crowd went wild.

The triangle went red and there was a burst of fireworks.

"Glaston-berry, are you ready?" she called.

The crowd responded with a frenzy of excitement.

Wearing a low-cut gold sequinned top which split to reveal a pair of black knickers - prompting UTV's Ken Reid to tweet that he'd never seen Beyoncé and Tina Turner in the same room - the 29-year-old opened her high energy set with Crazy In Love which some had predicted would close the show.

She followed with a mixture of the familiar, some tracks off her new album, such as End Of Time, and even a couple of covers. One suspects that Eurythmics' Sweet Dreams or Kings Of Leon's Sex On Fire was the 'real music' on the set-list to quell any of the Glasto-snobbery that dictates what should be allowed at the festival. She was later joined on stage by Bristolian Tricky for smash hit Baby Boy.

After finishing the first song she told the crowd: "I want you all to know right now you're witnessing my dream. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for having me and my band tonight.

"I always wanted to be a rock star and tonight we are all rock stars.

"I want you to forget about your worries, forget about your troubles. I want to make beautiful memories and be free tonight."

She carried on with Single Ladies, Naughty Girl and Baby Boy. "I still can't believe I'm performing at Glastonbury," she told the crowd.

Lettie Popplewell (21), a student at Nottingham University, said: "I will never forget this. She is unbelievable."

There's no doubt about that - anyone who can get around the muck of the Glastonbury Festival in heels that high is certainly one special lady.

Beyoncé Knowles is probably the biggest female superstar on the planet. The Houston-born singer rose to fame with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams in girl group Destiny's Child, but in a break from the band, the 29-year-old hit the big time as a solo artist.

The Single Ladies chart-topper is also an actress and businesswoman with her own clothing line and appearances in commercials, including one for Pepsi in 2004. Beyoncé is one of only a few women to headline Glastonbury and follows in the footsteps of husband Jay-Z, the first hip-hop artist to headline in 2008.

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