I find Zane Lowe exceedingly annoying. He is a big fat music snob, who revels in anything anti-pop, and is full of his own self importance. So what if he has his own Radio 1 show, it comes on at 7, which is after most people have stopped listening anyway. In fact, when Zane Lowe hits the air that is my cue to turn the radio off. During the BBC’s coverage of Glastonbury last night Zane was less than enthusiastic about Beyonce’s magnificent headline act. The presenter claimed that Beyonce’s act was ‘entertaining, that’s what it was’, then broke down in laughter after co-presenter Lauren Laverne asked him what he thought. He eventually replied ‘I went to watch Queens of the Stone Age’. Today rumours have been flying, linking Zane Lowe’s hasty exit from the festival with his possible firing from the BBC. This is unlikely, but wouldn’t it be great?
The fact remains that last night was a momentous occasion. Beyonce is the first woman to ever headline Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage, and thus made history with her dazzling, energetic, show-stopping set. The Queen of pop played for over an hour and a half and did all the hits anyone could have hoped for. Just when I was fearing that she would miss one of my favourites, ‘Irreplaceable’, the recognisable ‘to the left, to the left’ met my ears, and filled my heart with happiness. The set even included a Destiny’s Child medley, as well as a cover of The Kings of Leon’s ‘Sex on Fire’.
Wearing only a gold sparkling blazer, black pants, and killer heels, Beyonce commanded not only the stage, but the 175,00 strong audience that appeared to go on for miles. Hubby Jay-Z and friend Gwyneth Paltrow watched from the pit as the singer proved herself to be a cut above the rest; not many female pop acts can dance the way Beyonce does, whilst maintaining those powerful and perfectly pitched vocals.
I woke up this morning to an array of facebook statuses praising the goddess that is Beyonce. My only wish is that I could have been at Glasto to experience history being made for myself. Nevertheless, watching it on TV was still fantastic. Check out BBC iPlayer for the coverage.