David Bowie – Glastonbury 2000 album coverRecorded: 25 June 2000
Producer: David Bowie

Released: 30 November 2018

David Bowie: vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica
Earl Slick: lead guitar
Mark Plati: rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, backing vocals
Mike Garson: keyboards, piano
Gail Ann Dorsey: bass guitar, rhythm guitar, clarinet, vocals
Sterling Campbell: drums, percussion
Holly Palmer: percussion, vocals
Emm Gryner: keyboards, clarinet, vocals

Tracklisting:

Glastonbury 2000 is a live album by David Bowie, released in November 2018 as a double-CD set, 2xCD and 1xDVD, and triple vinyl LP edition, as well as standard and high resolution digital formats.

Bowie’s Glastonbury appearance was one of two dates in his Mini Tour in 2000, the others being a festival warm-up show in London on 22 June, a concert at the BBC Radio Theatre in London’s Broadcasting House on 27 June, and shows at New York’s Roseland Ballroom on 16 and 19 June.

The Mini Tour followed the Hours Tour, although Bowie performed few songs from the ‘hours…’ album. He chose instead to play songs from throughout his back catalogue, drawing on crowd-pleasers rather than lesser-known newer songs.

Bowie headlined the Glastonbury Festival on the Sunday night, traditionally a slot for legacy acts. Highlights from the set were shown by the BBC, but Glastonbury 2000 was the first time the full set was officially released.

Glastonbury 2000 featured new artwork by Jonathan Barnbrook, who had collaborated with Bowie on Heathen, Reality, The Next Day, ★ (Blackstar) and the Nothing Has Changed compilation. The sleevenotes were by Caitlin Moran.

The album was announced on 2 October 2018, ahead of its release on 30 November. Here’s the official press release:

“Not only the greatest Glastonbury headline performance but the best headline slot at any festival ever” NME

All formats feature Life On Mars?, Changes, Let’s Dance, Under Pressure, “Heroes”, Fame, China Girl, Ashes To Ashes, Ziggy Stardust, Rebel Rebel, Station To Station, Golden Years, Absolute Beginners and many more.

2nd October 2018 London: Parlophone Records in association with BBC Studios and Glastonbury Festivals Ltd. are proud to announce DAVID BOWIE ‘GLASTONBURY 2000’ on 2CD/DVD, 3LP, 2CD and standard and high resolution digital formats documenting Bowie’s legendary Sunday night headline performance on 25th June at the most famous festival on earth.

The package includes the full 21 song greatest hits set and for the first time, a DVD of the entire show (only 37 minutes of which has ever been broadcast on TV) including the Glastonbury performance of “Heroes”, a highlight of the record breaking ‘David Bowie Is…’ exhibition and the only track that has been previously released.

All formats feature David’s diary, originally written for Time Out, which documents him preparing for the show in his own inimitable manner:

“As of 1990 I got through the rest of the 20th century without having to do a big hits show. Yes, yes, I know I did four or five hits on the later shows but I held out pretty well I thought…big, well known songs will litter the field at Glastonbury this year. Well, with a couple of quirks of course”.

In addition to newly mastered audio and upgraded video DAVID BOWIE ‘GLASTONBURY 2000’ features new artwork from Jonathan Barnbrook (who worked with Bowie on the sleeves for Heathen, The Next Day & ★) and notes from the renowned author and Bowie fan Caitlin Moran who reviewed the show for The Times.

The package features photos of Bowie resplendently dressed in a 3/4 length one-of-a-kind Alexander McQueen frock coat, the pattern of which was made to echo the hat (the famous ‘bipperty-bopperty hat’ mentioned in the song Queen Bitch) and worn by David at his Glastonbury Fayre debut in 1971.

Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis commented “I often get asked what the best set I’ve seen here at Glastonbury is, and Bowie’s 2000 performance is always one which I think of first. It was spellbinding; he had an absolutely enormous crowd transfixed. I think Bowie had a very deep relationship with Worthy Farm and he told some wonderful stories about his first time at the Festival in 1971, when he stayed at the farmhouse and performed at 6am as the sun was rising. And he just played the perfect headline set. It really was a very special and emotional show”.

Emily’s father Michael, the founder of the festival who first met David at Glastonbury in 1971 said “He’s one of the three greatest of all-time: Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and David Bowie.”