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Mumfords close Glastonbury after Stones triumph

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 30, 2013 at 4:48 pm •  Published: June 30, 2013

Reviewer Dorian Lynskey in The Observer newspaper noted that the band members "look like fabulous caricatures of themselves: Jagger a prancing dandy, Keith Richards a mummified pirate, Charlie Watts a dignified gentlemen's tailor somehow tricked into drumming." But he said the band's blues-soaked rock music and relaxed virtuosity remains "extraordinary."

The show was another landmark for Glastonbury, the most myth-encrusted of music festivals.

Founded in 1970 as a hippie happening on Eavis' Worthy Farm in southwest England, it long ago shed its counterculture cachet. But it remains known for its electric atmosphere, its eclectic lineup — and the mud that overwhelms the site in rainy years.

This year, the sun shone after some early showers, and the lineup included everyone from Vampire Weekend, Bobby Womack and Kenny Rogers to Dizzee Rascal, Primal Scream, Public Enemy and Elvis Costello.

Police said crime was down by a third from the last festival in 2011, with 220 reported crimes, including 61 drug offenses and 106 thefts from tents. Avon and Somerset Police said 154 people had been arrested as of Sunday afternoon, but there were no major incidents.

The Stones, meanwhile, are gathering no moss in their sixth decade as a band. They recently finished a string of North American dates on the "50 and Counting" tour and are due to play London's Hyde Park July 6 and 13.


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