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Glastonbury 2017 Was the Most Emotional Festival Ever and Here’s Why

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Music Editor
Updated: 26 June 2017
The sun shone, the Foo Fighters got sweary and Radiohead brought the house down.

This year’s Glastonbury will be remembered as one of the best ever, but also the most emotional festival of recent times.

After a tumultuous few months in the UK, various singers used their time on stage to honour the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire along with the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester.

It was proof that this is what Glasto does best – bring people from all walks of life together behind the common goals of love and unity.

These are the moments from this year’s festival that got us all choked up.

The minute’s silence

Joy Division and New Order star Peter Hook led a minute’s silence on the Pyramid stage in memory of those killed in recent atrocities in the UK.

He told the crowd: ‘I’ve been very kindly asked by the Eavis family to lead this minute’s silence and could we please use it as a chance to send our hopes and our prayers for love, life and freedom – the things that we are here to celebrate.

‘We send out sympathies to everyone affected by the events in London and Manchester and everyone affected in Grenfell Tower.

‘God bless you all. Thank you.’

Liam and Noel Gallagher’s ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ tributes

No, sadly Oasis didn’t reform at Glastonbury but the Gallagher brothers each led the crowd with their own version of ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’.

First up was Noel, who got a mass singalong of the track going as he introduced a special screening of Oasis documentary, Supersonic.

Meanwhile Liam was performing on The Other Stage when he launched into a touching a cappella version of the classic hit, which he dedicated to the victims of the Manchester and London terror attacks and the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Stormzy demanding justice for Grenfell Tower victims

Grime MC Stormzy appeared on stage in a Grenfell Tower T-shirt and went on to demand justice for the victims of the blaze.

The audience cheered loudly as he said: ‘We are urging the authorities to tell the f***ing truth, urging the authorities to do something, urging the f***ing government to be accountable for their f***ery, and we ain’t going to stop until we get what we deserve!’

Dave Grohl dedicating a song to cancer victim

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl is known as one of the nicest men in the music industry and he didn’t disappoint over the weekend.

The singer dedicated the band’s track ‘Everlong’ to Laura Plane, a teacher from Plymouth who recently lost her fight against cancer.

Laura’s husband Jon tweeted the band after his wife died to ask if they would play the song in her memory, as they had their first dance at their wedding to the hit track.

Grohl also ended up bumping into one of the couple’s friends on a plane and wrote Jon a note saying he would be in his thoughts at Glastonbury.

Jeremy Corbyn’s rousing speech

The Labour leader drew the kind of crowd normally reserved for headliners when he appeared on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury over the weekend.

Corbyn made a dig at Donald Trump, called on Theresa May to hold another General Election and even pulled pints later on at the Solstice bar for fans.

Calling for unity, he said: ‘Politics is actually about everyday life. It’s about all of us: what we dream, what we want, what we achieve and what we want for everybody else.

‘The commentariat got it wrong, the elites got it wrong. Politics is about the lives of all of us. The wonderful campaign I was a part of and led, brought people back to politics because they believed there was something on offer for them.’

The audience responded with chants of ‘Oh, Jeremy Corbyn’.