We’re calling it: Islands In The Stream has become the unofficial anthem of Glastonbury.
Kenny Rogers debuted the song in 2013; and Dolly Parton featured it in her record-breaking set a year later.
Now Barry Gibb, who wrote the song, has made it the centrepiece of his performance at the festival’s coveted “legend slot”.
It was one of a dozen or more classics from his, and the Bee Gees’, catalogue that brought the audience to its feet.
There was a sense of euphoria as he ran through the likes of Tragedy, More Than a Woman and Night Fever, his falsetto never wavering.
As has now become tradition in the legend slot, Glastonbury’s security team joined the performance, with a choreographed routine to Stayin’ Alive that brought a huge smile to Gibb’s face.
His triumphant set came a year after Gibb joined Coldplay on the Pyramid Stage for two Bee Gee covers: To Love Somebody and what Chris Martin called “the greatest song of all time”, Stayin’ Alive.
Gibb had been meant to play the festival that year, but pulled out when a family member fell ill.
The star recently revealed he struggles with appearing on stage by himself, following the death of his brothers Maurice and Robin.
“I don’t like being on stage on my own. I miss my brothers. I get nerves being on stage on my own because it is so new to me,” he told the Sunday Mirror.
“We would all lean on each other. I’d lean on Maurice and Robin and they would lean on me and somehow we’d get through every show.
“We knew how each other felt. I knew what their opinions were. We were three brothers and it was a democracy.
“We were three brothers who had to agree. If one of them did not like something we did not do it.”
He put a picture of his brothers on stage as he performed, eliciting a huge cheer from the audience.
As the set ended, Gibb thanked the crowd for their support.
“You guys have been the best. Thank you for the experience of a lifetime,” he said. “I hope to see you again.”
Source: art bbc