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11 of the Worst Performances Ever at Glastonbury

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Music Editor
Updated: 12 June 2017
Glastonbury Festival is nearly upon us. Five glorious days of music, drunken revelry and sunshine (hopefully) at Worthy Farm in Somerset.

Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters and Radiohead are headlining this year. All three are considered solid choices to top the bill, with plenty of experience in bringing the house down at festivals around the world.

Sadly, not everyone who has been invited at play at Glasto over the years can say the same. In fact, some have been outright dismal. As Glastonbury prepares to kick off on June 21, we bring you some of the worst performances from the festival.

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band – 2014

Yoko Ono made her festival debut with Yo La Tengo as her backing band. She certainly made an impression. It just wasn’t the right one. Letting rip with a cacophony of howls, grunts and primal screams, John Lennon’s widow tried to wail the crowd into submission in what has been described as one of the worst Glasto performances ever.

The Wombles – 2011

OK, so Glastonbury caters to all kinds of music fans. Even the little ones or ones that are seriously nostalgic about their childhood and need their fictional heroes to be resurrected in real life to perform for them on stage as our favourite furry critters from Wimbledon Common were. Quite simply, WTF.

Dogstar – 1999

Hollywood actor Keanu Reeves performed at the festival with his band Dogstar. Keeping any banter to a minimum, he mumbled a few incoherent words on stage and ended up being pelted with fruit. Bet he wished he’d taken the blue pill.

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Evan Dando – 1995

The Lemonheads frontman Evan Dando faced the full wrath of peeved off revellers when he rocked up two hours late and then launched into an impromptu acoustic set in front of a crowd, who were now waiting for Portishead to come on. The musician had to be led off for his own safety.

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© RMV/REX/Shutterstock

Mansun – 1997

Rockers Manson marked the released of their debut album Attack of the Grey Lantern with a set at Glastonbury – except sound problems and a stage that was fast sinking into a deluge of mud meant that they weren’t able to play a single song.

Shakin’ Stevens – 2008

Welsh rock and roll singer singer Shakin’ Stevens failed to shake things up when he performed at Glastonbury despite a set crammed full of 80s hits.

Morrissey – 2011

The former frontman of The Smiths gave the general impression that he didn’t really want to be there – and knew his audience didn’t want to be either. ‘I’ll try to sing as fast as I can as I know you’re here to see U2,’ he told the crowd.

Rod Stewart – 2002

The crooner managed to win the crowd over with ‘Maggie May’ and ‘Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?’ but it was hard not to cringe a bit at all his try hard 80s strut and swagger.

Skunk Anansie – 1999

‘I can’t believe we’re headlining the last Glastonbury of the 20th century!’ Skin cried as she walked onto the Pyramid Stage. Neither could the crowd. Sure, they had a huge hit with ‘Weak’ back in 1995 but by 1999 they were hardly headline material.

Chas ‘n’ Dave – 2005

Rockney legends Chas ‘n’ Dave surprisingly went down a treat with one music critic claiming they were even better than that year’s headliners Coldplay. Come on now…

The Wurzels – 2000

The West Country ‘scrumpy and western’ band have a long track record at Glastonbury, having played in 2000, 2008, and 2010 but their music seemed more suited to the local pub really.