Glastonbury 2009: Blur Make Triumphant Return, Everyone Covers MJ

Aside from some heavy rains on Thursday and some quick showers Sunday, the throngs at Worthy Farm this year enjoyed some of the best weather in Glastonbury history. In return, the impressive lineup — featuring headliners Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young, and memorable sets from Blur, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, Lily Allen, Spinal Tap, etc. — logged memorable sets throughout a weekend when the world paused to mourn Michael Jackson. Glasto’s Jacko tributes were nonstop, from MJ covers by the Streets, Dizzee Rascal, the Noisettes, and the Black Eyed Peas, to Lily Allen adorning her chest-baring outfit with a single white glove. The Boss continued his recent tear of onstage collaborations with artists that are clearly indebted to him (Arcade Fire, the Killers) and those less so (Phish) by performing “The ’59 Sound” with the Gaslight Anthem. (They belong in the former category.) But the weekend’s biggest buzz may belong to the reunited Blur, whose reportedly triumphant set was career spanning and NME stupefying. If you couldn’t make it to the UK for these reunion sets, the band’s making their upcoming Hyde Park shows available for professionally mixed and mastered download here. For now we’ve got Glastonbury in lots of pics, and we’ll update with video as it pops.