R.E.M. announce a broadcast of their 1999 Glastonbury headline set

“I felt triumphant every time we played Glastonbury,” said Michael Stipe.


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R.E.M. have announced an upcoming live stream of all of their headline set at Glastonbury 1999, set to hit the digital airwaves next week.

The broadcast will show the original BBC footage of their performance and will go live globally on YouTube at 6 August, 8:00 PM BST / 3:00 PM EST. The footage will be available for 72 hours after the broadcast.

Singer Michael Stipe recalled how the performance was an incredibly important one for them, saying: “Hole did such a great set, I was like, ‘I’ve got to ramp this up, I’ve got to be great.’ I think it was maybe a moment for R.E.M. and the UK where we had kind of been forgotten or pushed aside by younger bands, and that was a particular moment at Glastonbury where I think we pulled ourselves back to the front of the line and actually proved, this is what we’re capable of. It was a great show for us!”

He added: “I felt triumphant every time we played Glastonbury. The band really stepped up. It’s such a beloved and legendary event that, y’know, whatever stars are aligned for us personally and as a group; we managed to show the best of ourselves at each of the shows we played there.”

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