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  1. 1. If The Cure were to headline would you be there? I'm intrigued due to the varied opinions of them on here.

    • Yes - Definitely, regardless of who else is on the other stages.
      184
    • More than likely - Depending on strength of the clashes on other stages.
      250
    • Unlikely - Know a couple of songs but there would probably be something else on you'd watch instead.
      190
    • No - Never been a fan so will definitely be elsewhere.
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10 hours ago, GETOFFAMYLAWN said:

It was odd but marvelous to be stood right at the front of one of the biggest and most iconic gatherings the in all of global pop culture, and having an experience which felt so personal, in a crowd of hundreds of thousands of strangers.

This, big time. The main set was staggering. Bob was absolutely belting it out, I really can't think I've ever heard a better sounding performance of that scale. People were transfixed, of all ages and stripes: I saw Tim Burton-attired couples in their 60s with mouth agape, and then some Gen Zs around me raise on shoulders for In Between Days.

It did away with all the usual rules of pandering, need for crowd action as a byword for being good or bad – just unassailable, best-in-show atmospheric rock music. And then the encore and we all melted.

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11 hours ago, GETOFFAMYLAWN said:

Ended up front centre on the barrier for these boys. It was an experience I'll never forget, that first 90 minutes was nothing short of spellbinding. The sound was phenomenally clear and balanced and rich, the band themselves were note perfect and visibly really passionate about the gig.

Throughout those songs I was thinking about how long I've loved this band and how many times the lyrics and the feelings behind them have been relevant to me. It was odd but marvelous to be stood right at the front of one of the biggest and most iconic gatherings the in all of global pop culture, and having an experience which felt so personal, in a crowd of hundreds of thousands of strangers.

When they played Disintegration I was so happy to hear those opening notes because I've never heard them play it live before and I love it. As it went on it became clear that this wasn't just another performance to Robert Smith, in his head he'd dug down right back to the place he was in when he wrote it. By the end of it he and I were both in tears, and I suspect we weren't the only ones. It's a fucking tough song, but it's one that speaks to feelings a lot of us have dealt with in our lives and would probably rather not revisit, but there's something so moving and cathartic about it.

Frankly, I feel fucking honoured to have been there and lived that show. There'll never be anything like that headlining the Pyramid ever again, which is a shame really because last night proved that the field can be a whole different beast when you let the weird kids take over every now and again.

The cure have been in my life for 40 years since I bought three imaginary boys the day after hearing them do a set on John peel .

I absolutely adore them and last night was a privilege to be there yes they are old but they sound fantastic still the musicianship is outstanding .

They aren't there to do interaction and greatest hits they are there to show what legends they are .

Genuinely made me fill up to see how emotional Robert was at the end thanking the crowd .

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Oh god, the synchronised clapping at the end of A Forest, with the stage a sickly green. Like thousands of undead hands raising up to clap along their with overlords. A small moment but astoundingly cool.

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Absolutely wonderful show! The sound was sonic perfection and Robert seemed so genuine throughout the whole show. I must admit I teared up with 'Plainsong' and 'Pictures of you' opening.

Although the crowd may have appeared subdued, the lack of people talking to their friends spoke volumes. The band controlled the crowd with hypnosis.

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Made my mind up last minute and thoroughly enjoyed it, crowd was not the biggest obviously but they were well up for it. 

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It was a good show, the band played near perfectly but I was absolutely shattered at this point and couldn't get up for it. Enjoyed it basically sitting on the ground and listening as my feet had gave up on me and could no longer stand blistered and bloody.

Still though, Smith sounded good and the bass was superb. Songs are near album perfect. Wish it's been a different night as I would have got right into it but tbf they've done better than most Sundays headliners from me. Both Arctic Monkeys and Foo Fighters at Leeds I watched half from the back then left early and Glasto 2017 I just went to bed so I guess that's a major plus I made it to the end for the first time ever o. Sunday.

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Even the most cloth eared and non-fan punters in our camp were commenting on how good the sound was, clarity of PA, perfectly mixed, formidable performance from the band. I struggle to think of a time when I've heard anything so good in a much smaller setting, never mind a big show like that.

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2 hours ago, Homer said:

Regardless of whether or not it was one for the history books, I think they certainly quashed that bullshit that they aren’t good/big enough to headline the Pyramid these days.

 

they were pretty clearly quite low in the pecking order but they stepped up. 

Whilst I agree with you, Cure fans have known that the band have been smashing it on the live circuit for a while now. When they played Hyde Park last year, the first thing I said to my GF was that if they to keep that level of performance then they will headline Glastonbury again soon. And here we are!

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It was bloody awesome with Burn being a highlight for me. Down the front for my favourite band headlining Sunday night at Glastonbury...it doesn't get any better than that!

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Seeing Robert Smith trying out the wireless mic, wandering up and down the runways at the side of stage, then saying he might live to regret is was a really nice moment. Clearly a man absolutely loving being back at the festival, funny to see him dropping the brooding goth front man thing and just enjoying the moment. As everyone has said (on TV for me) the sound was the best I heard of any set I watched, so clear.

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Best sounding gig I've seen at the festival. Perfect. Last 45 mins was so good. 

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Regarding the sound, I saw them whenever they last played Manchester a couple of years back and the sound was dreadful in comparison. All the reflections made the dense sound of their rockier songs turn into interminable mud.  

But the Pyramid was incredible. All of the guitar parts were crisp and distinct, even as they washed over us with a wall of sound. So, so much better - a qualitatively different experience. Manchester was ruined by the sound and Glastonbury was made by it.

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Beautiful post up there from Amy Lawn, well chuffed for you mate.

So glad the reception on here is exactly what the performance deserved. Much of the crowd around me were definitely there just to check it out, maybe move on elsewhere - you know when you can tell - so it was properly brilliant to see so many (young!) jaws on floor after the opening two tracks, and them stay the whole time, spellbound. 

Getting a bit teary just thinking of Bob doing his little dancing, running up the wings of the Pyramid, massive grin on his face, hoping he doesn't regret it. Great setlist, amazing sound, a wonderful way to end the weekend. 

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Wasn't really gutted about not being there this weekend until the Cure set.  Came across fantastically well on the TV.  As a few have said, you don't get many 'old school' sets like that too often these days, especially on the Pyramid.

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9 hours ago, beau1 said:

Whilst I agree with you, Cure fans have known that the band have been smashing it on the live circuit for a while now. When they played Hyde Park last year, the first thing I said to my GF was that if they to keep that level of performance then they will headline Glastonbury again soon. And here we are!

Agreed, I really enjoyed Hyde Park - but the pyramid is a slightly better setting!

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One of my favourite bands at one pof my favourite places in the world and didn't disappoint. 

Truly fantastic performance and probably my favourite Pyramid headliner ever.  Truly wonderful. 

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My partner is new to the festival scene and music was never a big thing for him. ‘ Burn’ he knew from The Crow but never knew who it was by.....his Glastonbury moment happened during that set, tears streaming down his face. 

watching from the back of the field with opened mouths....epic performance, I’ll buy that sound engineer a pint or 10. 

Best headline I’ve ever seen there. You Robert Smith, a legend, the voice hasn’t changed. Still shocked by it now. 

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Burn was my tipping point too and I danced like a wet-eyed loon from there to the end - everything I wanted from it, and yes props to the engineer could hear everything crystal clear.

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Felt worth the ticket price alone, and then they did that encore

Didn't even register the side screens existed - this is correct.

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I enjoyed the Cure - and it sounded great - but they were The Cure. 

It might still have been 1986. If it had been the ticket would have been much cheaper and I'd have been nearer the stage.  :P 

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It was a very old skool evening. Definitely one for the 'it's not as good as it used to be' crowd.

They should still have wheeled out The Lovecats though.

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I loved it, me and my buddies were right up by the tree as we were all kanckered, but like others have said - stunning- sound, just a brilliant performance.

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Really was one of the great performances I have seen in the 24 odd years I have been going to Glasto .  Robert Smith's voice, the quality of the band, the sound mix, the understatement of the set (no Chris Martin / other random guests popping up) all converged to make this a worthy contender for the best Glasto performance of 2019

 

 Amazed that the Guardian gave The Cure 4 out of 5 but Kylie got a full 5 out of 5 (it was fun and kitsch but still not what I think of as a Legend spot artist).  Also, although I wasn't there so cannot comment on the atmosphere, which I'm sure was great  but, for my money, The Killers performance was extremely frenetic and vocally rather shouty but hey, many people loved it so not going to dismiss that.

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