Country legend Dolly Parton stole the show at Britain’s Glastonbury Festival on Sunday (29Jun14) as she fulfilled her “lifetime” dream by performing at the event to an audience of more than 100,000 fans.
The field in front of the main stage was packed to capacity for the veteran singer’s hotly-anticipated late afternoon set, and she walked on to the stage as the huge crowd chanted her name. Wearing a sparkly silver and white top with matching trousers, Parton ran through a volley of classics including Jolene, 9 to 5, Coat of Many Colors, I Will Always Love You, Islands in the Stream, and a medley of hits including Old Flames Can’t Hold a Candle to You and Real Love.
She was joined onstage by rocker Richie Sambora for her version of Lay Your Hands On Me, and she even performed a rendition of late British funnyman Benny Hill’s TV show theme tune and a bizarre new track inspired by the festival’s famous mud. Parton also thrilled the crowd by recalling several amusing anecdotes from her career, and told them it was her ultimate ambition to perform at the iconic festival, saying, “It is such an honour and such a thrill to be here at Glastonbury Festival. I’ve been waiting a lifetime for this… This is a real thrill and a real treat.”
The country icon’s set took place shortly after she was presented with a special plaque by Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis to celebrate surpassing 100 million album sales worldwide. During the presentation, she said, “I’ve been so busy making records for the past several decades, I didn’t realise I had racked up so many sales. What a great honour to know that I have so many fans that have supported me through the years… I feel very honoured and proud.”
British rockers Kasabian are due to close the festival on Sunday night.