Glastonbury unexpected moments – Adele F-bomb, Jay-Z vs Noel Gallagher and duets

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Glastonbury Festival has given audiences some of music's most unexpected moments in the past 52 years.

Since the iconic music event began in 1970, the world's biggest stars have graced its stages – and provided many moments that have made us laugh, cry and at times, even shocked us.

Some of those moments have begun even before the Worthy Farm festival opened its gates, with musicians embroiled in a war of words over billed headline slots.

With the eyes of the world on Glastonbury Festival as it gets underway this weekend (June 24-26), Daily Star looks at some of the event's most unexpected moments.

T.Rex stand in at the last minute

Glastonbury might be one of the world's most iconic festivals, but in 1970, the new event made its name with a headline set from glam rock band T.Rex.

However, the group were not originally supposed to play the main stage – with rock group The Kinks set to headline instead.

When The Kinks dropped out at the last minute, T.Rex stepped up to replace them and made festival history in the process.

Speaking to NME about the first ever Glastonbury, festival founder Michael Eavis recalled the group's set, saying it "remains one of the most memorable slots ever at the festival."

Adele drops the F-bomb

Adele delivered a knockout performance at Glastonbury in 2016, rolling through hit after hit including Hello and Rolling In The Deep.

However, the singer shocked everyone after dropping a series of F-bombs throughout her set.

This didn't deter viewers or fans though, who relished every moment of her set – some of who were even brought up onstage by the singer in once in a lifetime moments – while others were left in tears by her powerful performances.

Jay-Z VS Noel Gallagher

Jay-Z's 2008 Glastonbury headline slot delighted festival goers – but not everyone was pleased when the rapper was announced for the event.

Noel Gallagher spoke out about the booking, and was quoted as saying at the time: "Glastonbury has the tradition of guitar music. I'm not having hip hop at Glastonbury. It's wrong."

However, Jay-Z not only delivered an outstanding set, but he also gave a cheeky wink to Noel's comments by arriving on stage with a guitar, before blasting into a cover of Oasis' Wonderwall.

"Barry wear the jacket"

The Bee Gees wrote some of the biggest songs in music history, so it was only fitting that Barry Gibb headlined Glastonbury festival's legends slot in 2018.

During his iconic set, which included renditions of songs including Jive Talking, Barry spotted three festival goers in the crowd dressed up as himself and his famous brothers.

That's not all, as after the festival goers got the crowd chanting "Barry wear the jacket", one of their gold jackets was passed through the audience to the stage, where Barry Gibb tried it on and wore it for the performance of his next song.

Michael Eavis duets with Stevie Wonder

Glastonbury has welcomed countless music icons to its stages throughout the decades, including megastar Stevie Wonder in 2010.

However, one of the most memorable moments of his set came when he invited festival organiser Michael Eavis on stage to duet with him on the song Happy Birthday, in celebration of Glastonbury's 40th anniversary.

Speaking about the moment, Michael Eavis said in the book Glastonbury 50: "It felt quite surreal to be standing up there with a music legend, looking out at the sea of faces and flags."

Jeff Goldblum makes a surprise appearance

Not only is Jeff Goldblum one of the world's biggest actors, but he is also an exceptionally talented jazz pianist.

On June 30, 2019 he even played a surprise set at Glastonbury festival and treated fans to a rendition of the Jurassic Park theme, sending audiences wild.

Speaking about his new album and festival appearance to Classic FM at the time, he said: "It’s amazing to let the cat a bit out of the bag here at Glastonbury in the fleshy flesh!"

Pulp stand in for The Stone Roses

Music icons The Stone Roses were due to headline Glastonbury in 1995, but sadly had to pull out after guitarist John Squire was injured in a cycling accident.

However, Brit Pop icons Pulp stood in a the last minute – just like T.Rex had done all those years ago back at Glastonbury's first ever festival.

Jarvis Cocker became a national treasure in the process, knocking it out of the park (or should we say farm?) with energetic performances of hits including Common People – a moment festival goers still talk about to this day.

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