The 68-year old had never appeared at Glastonbury before and was clearly having a great time as she shouted out to the almost quarter of a million festivalgoers ‘I’ve been waiting a long time for this.’
Dolly took to the stage in a suitably sparkly outfit. It was a white suit with loads of sewn-on beads and sparkles that showed off the classic Dolly look, little frame with big blonde hair, big smile and big boobs.
As is often the way at Glastonbury real music legends can attract some huge crowds who would often not be the sort of fans that would normally go to see these acts live or maybe even listen to their music at all. Previous big name acts like this who have appeared at Glastonbury include Shirley Bassey, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and the man described by Frank Sinatra as “the best singer in the business”, Tony Bennett.
As you would expect the Glastonbury crowd had prepared themselves for their “Dolly moment” and many of them wore their own versions of the Dolly look with blonde wigs, tassles and of course big false boobs.
Dolly’s set lasted just under an hour and a quarter although she had originally asked if she could put on a full 2 hour-long show which the organisers said was not possible at such an event. Her set list included many of the classics such as Islands In The Stream and Jolene and she finished off with I Will Always Love You (made famous of course by the late Whitney Houston).
She even penned a new song with Glastonbury themed lyrics to mark the occasion of her first time at the festival. As many of the crowd had a very muddy weekend this year the lyrics were particularly appropriate “Mud, mud, mud, mud. Up to our bums in all this crud.” The lyrics are unlikely to win her a Grammy but the crowd enjoyed it.
Before she started her performance Dolly was presented with an award to mark the incredible milestone of having sold 100 million records during her career. She said on receiving the award ‘Thanks to the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for the acknowledgment and the plaque. I feel very honoured and proud. I didn’t realise I had racked up so many sales.’
Other Sunday performers at this year’s festival included Ed Sheeran, Kasabian, Massive Attack and Ellie Goulding. At the smaller Acoustic Tent today you could catch Alison Moyet, Suzanne Vega, Clannad and Jake Bugg.