Glastonbury Festival 2023 Highlights: GnR, Elton, CRJ

The 40th Glastonbury Festival took place last week (June 21-25) at Pilton Playing Field and Worthy Farm in Pilton, England. Headliners Arctic Monkeys, Guns N' Roses, Elton John, along with 60+ other artists entertained a total of nearly 200,000 people.

Let's take a look at some of the most iconic moments from this year's festival performances!

Guns N' Roses showed up strong, with guitarist Slash in particular making waves with his solo parts as fans in the audience dubbed him one of the "best guitarists they've seen in their life."

A more humorous side of their performance was a sign language interpreter that went viral for their expressive performance while translating for deaf audiences on iPlayer.

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A crazy surprise that got people especially hyped was a guest appearance from Dave Grohl, who joined the party for Guns N' Roses' headlining set closer "Paradise City."

Guns N' Roses setlist

Speaking of Dave Grohl, the Foo Fighters as a whole shocked everyone that week, as despite not being listed on the lineup, the band took the stage for their own set!

Fans very much enjoyed their dedication to Taylor Hawkins at the end as they segued into "Everlong."

Foo Fighters setlist

Rick Astley was definitely a crowd favorite during the Glastonbury Festival as well. He ended up doing a lot of covers of songs by The Smiths. He also did quite a few other covers that had people's heads turning as well, including an "As It Was" by Harry Styles mashup with "Take on Me" by a-ha.

"Highway to Hell" by AC/DC being sung by Rick Astley was probably not on many people's bingo cards for the Glastonbury Festival, but that didn't stop the audience from absolutely eating up his incredible vocal and drum performance.

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Rick Astley setlist

The Arctic Monkeys impressed the festivalgoers with their performances, with "Mardy Bum" (a song that hadn't been played since 2018 before suddenly being added back into their sets this year) causing the entire crowd to sing along.

Arctic Monkeys setlist

Carly Rae Jepsen had a solid set as well, which included a live debut of her brand new single "Shy Boy," which was released on June 22.

Carly Rae Jepsen setlist

And how could we end this list of highlights without bringing up the legend himself, Elton John, and his last ever United Kingdom appearance. He kicked things off with a cover of "Pinball Wizard" by The Who, which he hadn't played live in nearly 10 years.

People were overjoyed to be treated to "Tiny Dancer" with special guest Brandon Flowers. Elton John mentioned to the audience that "He was the first person I thought of to ask to come and sing with me, even though he’s played Glastonbury six times with The Killers."

Elton also did an emotional tribute to George Michael, playing "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" in his honor.

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Despite not having an encore, fans felt like it wasn't even necessary given the fact that Elton ended with one of his most historic songs of all time: "Rocket Man."

Elton John setlist

If you're interested in finding out more about the Glastonbury Festival 2023, you can check out the setlists from each day right here.

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