The Wonder Years: Mumford and Sons Close Glastonbury

Mumford and Sons and friends at Glastonbury

Mumford and Sons and friends at Glastonbury

Ladies and gentlemen, the 2013 Glastonbury festival ended last night. 20% of Somerset is currently awash with the detritus of a weekend’s fun, there are discarded food containers from here to Glastonbury Tor, and some of them have people in them. It was, by all accounts, rather good this year. Some inclement weather, some blazing sunshine and a Rolling Stone or two.

But last night, an inter-generational torch-passing ceremony took place, as a fitting climax to the whole shebang.

Mumford and Sons, playing to a field of some 80,000 people – that’s basically two Yeovils, or a Bath – chose to close with a rousing version of Joe Cocker’s version of the Beatles song “A Little Help From My Friends,” with a little help from their actual friends.

Look at Country Winston rocking out, like a mutha!

In case you don’t quite recognise all the people on stage, that’s First Aid Kit, the Vaccines, Vampire Weekend and the Staves, although the fella with the pink trombone is not known at this present time.

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.

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