In recent years Dylan has gained a reputation as an obtuse and frustrating live act, but fears of a festival anti-climax were banished as he pulled out classic after classic.
After a late start Dylan opened with a stomping rendition of Rainy Day Women No.12 & 35.
Backed by a tight band that delivered a raunchy Deep South rumble, he set the tone for the rest of the evening.
Bob Dylan pulled out classic after classic backed by a tight band that delivered a raunchy Deep South rumble
Age may have taken a little punch out of his harmonica playing, and stiffened his fingers on the fretboard, but it was clear that as he moved from the tender A Simple Twist of Fate, Workingman’s Blues No. 2 to the giddy and electric Highway 61 Revisited, Ballad of a Thin Man, Like a Rolling Stone that this supposedly grouchy troubadour was enjoying himself.
This fact was not lost on a crowd that ranged from teenagers to pensioners.
Playing fan favourites: Blondie and Ray Davies
Playing a soporific set more suited to a hotel lounge than a music festival, Van the, very old, Man opted to pad out songs with lengthy solos from each of his ensemble.
The festival wasn’t all about the veterans though. Johnny Flynn boosted his profile and Laura Marling cemented hers with an accomplished showing.
Seasick Steve may have delivered the line of the weekend singing 'Now freedom, for most, is just a word, like toast'
But it was a day that belonged to Bob. It was fitting that he rounded it off with the perfect festival closer, ‘Forever Young’. On Saturday, his love for performing hadn’t aged a day.