June 27 - The death of a Conservative party member, protest against U2 and Beyonce's debut leave their mark on Glastonbury 2011. Cindy Martin reports.
Glastonbury 2011 will be remembered for three things: Beyonce, a U2 protest and the death of a politician. Beyonce made her Glastonbury debut as the closing headliner on Sunday (June 27), but there was no Destiny's Child reunion as previously reported and the cameo by rapper husband Jay-Z never materialized. He was however in the audience with Gwyneth Paltrow, who's own other half, Chris Martin of Coldplay headlined the Saturday (June 25) night slot. Friday's headliners U2, saw a minor protest as the Irish rockers took to the stage. Protesters inflated a large balloon with the words "U Pay Tax 2?" They were angry at the band's decision to relocate its operations from Ireland to the Netherlands for tax purposes. But the biggest shocker of all was the death of Conservative party member Christopher Shale, who was found dead in a portable toilet in the VIP camping area. There was some confusion as Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis said at a news conference it was an apparent suicide but this was later disputed by police and a coroner who ruled out foul play. Further tests are still being carried out to find out the exact cause of death. The rest of the festival saw it to be a classic year, with rain, mud and sludge. But this year as in many previous years, it seemed the music outwrestled the mayhem. Cindy Martin, Reuters