Stones’ date with destiny proves a knockout for fans

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FOLK rock band Mumford & Sons brought Glastonbury to a close last night, but it was the performance of the Rolling Stones which was still the main topic of discussion among festival-goers.

Organiser Michael Eavis described the Stones’ appearance as the best ever by a headline 
act in the festival’s 43-year history.

Over the course of more than two hours, the veteran rockers treated a record main stage audience to renditions of their most popular songs including Brown Sugar, Paint it Black, Jumpin Jack Flash and Sympathy for the Devil.

“It was 43 years in the making, 50 years for them, and we’ve finally come together. We’re on the same page at last,

“Musically, they were absolutely brilliant,” said Mr Eavis, who claimed the band were number one in his top 10 of headliners, above Radiohead, U2 and Oasis.

“Mick Jagger’s energy leading that band with such a passion and so much style – he was absolutely amazing.”

Prince Harry was among the fans watching the Stones before partying until 4am with 
friends and girlfriend Cressida Bonas largely unnoticed by the crowds.

Other famous faces seen around the festival site included model Kate Moss, footballer Wayne Rooney and wife Colleen and singer Katherine Jenkins.

A BBC Two spokesman said its coverage of the Rolling Stones peaked at 2.5 million viewers, compared to the peak of 2.2 million for Coldplay who headlined on the Saturday night at the last Glastonbury Festival in 2011.

Other highlights of the weekend included Friday night’s headline set from Sheffield band Arctic Monkeys.