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Check out highlights from 5 of the biggest Glastonbury 2016 sets

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Glastonbury has a reputation for being the muddiest music festival in the world and apparently this was the muddiest Glastonbury ever. That, and the results of the ‘Brexit’ referendum coming in, should have dampened the mood a little but the crowds at this year’s event seem as enthused as ever. Maybe it’s because they got to enjoy once-in-a-lifetime musical moments like these five highlights.

Tame Impala flew the flag

With a rainbow overhead and a confetti cannon firing from the stage Tame Impala proved why their festival performances are so beloved. Opening with ‘Nangs’ and ‘Let It Happen’ from Currents, an album that featured heavily, they also found time for a cover of Mark Ronson’s ‘Daffodils’ and of course a gigantic singalong of ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’ with one of Saturday’s biggest crowds.

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Adele talks the talk, walks the walk

Saturday-night headliner Adele is simultaneously the biggest popstar in the world and, following Tame Impala and not being a rock band, a bit of an underdog choice. She reflected on the critics of her being chosen as headliner by saying “Fuck them, eh?” and continued through a set heavy on both ballads and banter, swearing so many times that British tabloids have since excoriated her for having a “potty mouth”. None of the 100,000 people who turned out to watch seem to have minded.

The Last Shadow Puppets pay homage

There were plenty of tributes to David Bowie at Glastonbury this year and one of the best came from The Last Shadow Puppets, who played a Pyramid Stage that was decorated with a lightning-bolt eye in honour of Ziggy Stardust. Alex Turner and Miles Kane, with help from a string section and Tame Impala’s Cam Avery on bass, played a well-chosen Bowie classic ‘Moonage Daydream’. Turner was also spotted during Tame Impala’s set, dancing to ‘The Less I Know The Better’.

Coldplay lead the weekend’s most touching tribute

Final act Coldplay won over the crowd with a performance that included a heartfelt tribute to Viola Beach, a young band whose members were all killed in a car accident earlier this year. They also performed a tribute to Muhammad Ali, brought Barry Gibb from the Bee Gees out to cover ‘Stayin’ Alive’ and ‘To Love Somebody’, and finished with a version of ‘I Did It My Way’ joined by Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis. It may seem as gimmicky as the light-up wristbands they hand out but arena rock like Coldplay’s makes perfect sense when it’s headlining a festival.

Muse do Muse

The Friday-night headliners tapped into a mood of political paranoia with a stage show full of Big Brother rants and hands with puppet strings seeming to control the band, but it was also a joyous event that ended with fireworks and an encore including a huge singalong of ‘Knights Of Cydonia’. Muse keep getting invited back to Glastonbury, and sets like this are why.

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