Barry Gibb brings Bee Gees' disco fever to Glastonbury

GLASTONBURY (England) •Singer Barry Gibb brought some Sunday afternoon fever to the legends slot at the Glastonbury Festival when he entertained a huge crowd with Bee Gees hits Stayin' Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, Night Fever and Tragedy.

The songs all featured on the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever, released 40 years ago, and festivalgoers at the Pyramid Stage were dressed up and ready to pay homage to the movie and music that defined disco.

Stayin' Alive, the first of a string of hits Gibb played from the movie, had the whole field of revellers and even the stage's security team disco-dancing in the sunshine.

Gibb formed the Bee Gees in 1958 with his two brothers Robin and Maurice, who have both died. The group have sold more than 220 million records.

The Sunday afternoon legends slot has become one of the most popular at the festival. Previous occupants, including Dolly Parton and Lionel Ritchie, have drawn huge audiences and seen record sales surge after their appearances.

Gibb dedicated the song Words to the people of Manchester and London after terror attacks in both cities and a devastating fire in the British capital in recent weeks.

Glastonbury, which is known affectionately as "Glasto", opened last Friday with a minute's silence for the tragedies and many performers have dedicated songs to the victims and those affected.

The mood on the Pyramid Stage quickly lightened when Gibb donned a gold lame jacket from an audience member to sing Tragedy. "Thank you for the experience of a lifetime," the 70-year old said.

The disco theme continued with a performance by American band Chic, with a set including Le Freak and I'm Coming Out, the Diana Ross hit written and produced by band members Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 27, 2017, with the headline 'Barry Gibb brings Bee Gees' disco fever to Glastonbury'. Print Edition | Subscribe