Glastonbury 2015

Pharrell looks back on a gold-paved career at Glastonbury 2015

Pyramid Stage set crams in the hits, even if ‘Happy’ steals the show.

Given the rush of quick exits after ‘Happy’, it’d be easy to put Pharrell’s Glastonbury triumph down to one song. But anyone getting the second-from-top Pyramid Stage billing at this festival needs to have a colourful career backing it up - with this mid-‘40s producer, it’s just a case of reminding everyone.

An hour-long set crams in hits from the N.E.R.D days, high-profile collaborations and chart-toppers that sometimes get omitted when the focus is on Pharrell’s ridiculously successful past twelve months. Blink-and-you-missed-it versions of ‘Get Lucky’ and ‘Lose Yourself To Dance’ receive the best reactions, paving the way for Kanye’s Daft Punk-sampling opener one hour later.

A dozen dancers and constantly-changing visuals give the epitome of a party atmosphere, but that doesn’t prevent the odd limp moment. ‘Freedom’ is emotionally poignant, but everyone here’s far more willing to go nuts for ‘Hollaback Girl’ or the dug-up classic ‘Lapdance’.

‘Happy’ eventually gets an outing, by which point Pharrell’s solidly proven his credentials as a staple of the past twenty years. Not without the odd controversy, he’s earned his stake in pop, and this is a show-off display of exactly what he’s achieved.

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