Really, why isn't she headlining?
Andrew Trendell

18:28 29th June 2014

Dolly Parton just proved herself to be the highlight of Glastonbury 2014, performing an utterly remarkable and incredible set on the Pyramid Stage. 

Not only did she pull one of the hugest crowds of the weekend (really, it was rammed - moreso than Metallica, Arcade Fire and Lana Del Rey combined), but she pulled off a set that will certainly go down in Glastonbury history.

"Howdy you guys", beamed Parton, clearly humbled by the near-religious reception she received. "You sound fine and you're looking mighty fine too."

Thanks! There are very few words for how special her set was - and we can't help but question why she wasn't headlining. 

"I've been waiting a lifetime for this," said Dolly, staring out at the vast crowd that stood before her in the sunset. So have we Dolly, do have we. 

Paying tribute to God as well the original Jolene who attempted to pull her husband once, Parton made the vast fields of Worthy Farm seem the most intimate place on the planet with a motherly banter - paying tribute to her momma, daddy, family, and everyone here. Turns out she's pretty bloody amazing on the saxophone too - treating the crowd to a rendition of the Benny Hill theme tune. You couldn't make it up. 

She also penned and performed a brand new song for the occasion - called 'Glastonbury mud'. Altogether now: "Mud, mud, mud, mud mud mud mud mud mud".

Glastonbury continues with sets from Ed Sheeran and Kasabian, but it's quite hard to care about anything now that we've seen Dolly fucking Parton. Either way, check back at Gigwise for the latest news, reviews, photos and more from Glastonbury 2014. 

The one and only Dolly Parton played:
Baby I'm Burnin' / Girl on Fire
Why'd You Come in Here
Lookin' Like That
Blue Smoke
Coat of Many Colors
Rocky Top
Mud Song (Live Debut - Song written especially for Glastonbury)
Banks of the Ohio
Old Flames
Can't Hold a Candle to You / But You Know I Love You / Real Love / Think About Love Here You Come Again Two Doors Down
Islands in the Stream
9 to 5
Lay Your Hands on Me (Bon Jovi cover - featuring Richie Sambora)
I Will Always Love You 

Below: the best bits of Glastonbury 2014

  • John Newman

  • Kaiser Chiefs

  • Blondie

  • Rodrigo Y Gabriela

  • Band of Skulls

  • Haim

  • Temples

  • Lily Allen

  • Elbow

  • Angel Haze

  • Kelis

  • Lana Del Rey

  • Royal Blood

  • Robert Plant

  • Jack White

  • Manic Street Preachers

  • Goldfrapp

  • Metallica

  • Arcade Fire

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