LONDON (AP) — Mumford & Sons brought the Glastonbury Festival to a foot-stomping close Sunday, with many music fans still on a high from the Rolling Stones' first-ever gig at Britain's leading music extravaganza.
The Mumfords' performance was the Grammy-winning folk-rockers' first since bassist Ted Dwane had surgery for a blood clot on his brain earlier this month.
The banjo-wielding balladeers got a warm reception, especially when they launched into "I Will Wait," one of their biggest hits, for their second number.
"We came for a party," said frontman Marcus Mumford.
The huge crowd obliged, though for many the high point of the thee-day festival was the Rolling Stones. Festival founder Michael Eavis declared the band's Saturday night show "the high spot of 43 years of Glastonbury."
"It's the whole razzmatazz of the occasion — the two of us finally getting together at long last," said Eavis.
The Stones, joined by ex-member Mick Taylor on guitar, played for more than two hours on the festival's main Pyramid Stage, giving fans a clutch of hits, from opener "Jumpin' Jack Flash" through to encores of "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."
Organizers estimated 100,000 of the 135,000 festival ticket-holders watched the Stones, including celebrity music fans Prince Harry and Kate Moss.
The gig was a coup for the festival, which has been trying to book the band for years, although there were grumbles from TV viewers because the band agreed to let the BBC air only an hour of its set.
If the music of the Stones, who formed in 1962, is familiar to the point of parody, many in the audience felt it retained plenty of power.