*Beyonce Knowles fulfilled her dream on Sunday, romping through songs old and new to the delight of a huge crowd at the close of this year’s Glastonbury music festival, reports Reuters.
The 29-year-old singer was making her debut at one of the world’s biggest live music events, three years after her husband Jay-Z proved the doubters wrong with a set that helped put hip-hop on the Glastonbury map.
“I want you all to know right now you are witnessing my dream,” she called out to tens of thousands of people crammed in front of the main Pyramid stage, including Jay-Z. “I always wanted to be a rock star and tonight we are all rock stars … I want you to get lost in this music tonight.”
Introduced by fireworks, she produced more on stage to lift the spirits of festival goers who have struggled through rain and mud to see their favorite acts over the last three days.
Wearing a short gold sequin jacket, she performed a string of hits starting with “Crazy In Love” and including “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” and “Naughty Girl.”
“I still can’t believe I’m performing at Glastonbury,” she said to a sea of screaming fans.
According to Reuters, Beyonce matched her dancers step for step in a slick, high energy set, which only fell slightly flat when she performed songs from her new album “4” released this month.
There were nods to Annie Lennox with “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” to Prince with an ultra-slow version of “The Beautiful Ones,” to Lady Gaga with their duet “Telephone” and her former band Destiny’s Child with a medley of their hits. A portion of the concert was shown on Sunday’s live telecast of the BET Awards.
Around 180,000 people crammed on to Worthy Farm in picturesque southwest England for the festival, and the abiding memory for many this year will be the mud.
Heavy rain on Friday and before turned the 900 acre site into a giant bog, although raincoats were swapped for bikinis on Sunday when the sun broke out on a scorching day.