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Video Vault: David Bowie becomes Glastonbury’s Hero with show-stopping 2000 set

on June 26, 2016, 7:45pm

This weekend’s Glastonbury has featured several David Bowie tributes, including a singalong of “Rebel Rebel”, a cover of “Moonage Daydream” by The Last Shadow Puppets, and an orchestral performance of Philip Glass’ fourth symphony, which is based on Bowie’s album Heroes.

Those not at the festival can celebrate the icon as well though, as footage from his 2000 performance at Glastonbury is streaming online. The set, which has been hailed as one of Bowie’s all-time best, included an invigorated performance of “Heroes”, which can be viewed above.

Bowie had previously performed at Glastonbury in 1971, when the fest was just turning two-years old. “I have not been here for 30 years and it’s fucking great,” Bowie says in the video, his enthusiasm beaming through.

The video compiles both footage of the festival grounds and audience members reaching out towards the star on stage, as a long-haired Bowie reaches out towards them, too. The performance took place on the Pyramid stage, the same stage that is now home to the massive Bowie-inspired sculpture of his signature Ziggy Stardust lightning bolt.