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Mark Ronson’s Glastonbury Photo Diary

Miley Cyrus, Dua Lipa, and more through the eyes of the DJ/producer.

Miley Cyrus. Photo: Mark Ronson
Miley Cyrus. Photo: Mark Ronson

When I first saw Mark Ronson’s photographs on his Instagram two months ago, I did a double take. His photos are warm and colorful, capturing behind-the-scenes moments of friends like Dua Lipa, Tame Impala, and King Princess — all on 35-mm film. As the Cut’s photography editor, I hadn’t seen many performers who took images quite like his.

Mark’s perspective reminded me of the gritty, intimate rock-and-roll images by ’70s photo legend Bruno Stettler. I wanted to see more, so I asked if he would shoot a music festival for the Cut. His reply: “I’m super flattered and am kind of in shock (in a nice way). I’ve never harbored any delusions of being a photographer; I just enjoy all things analogue, so I’ve been taking some snaps with a Ricoh GR-1 lately. I’d love to.” A plan was hatched for him to document Glastonbury, the nearly 50-year-old outdoor music festival in Pilton, England, as his first published photography essay. As the days neared, he became more and more impassioned about the project, texting me images from black-and-white rolls taken in London during a press week.

The first Glastonbury Festival was held in June of 1970, the day after Jimi Hendrix died. Over 135,000 people attend the three-day event, with most festivalgoers camping in tents on the performance grounds. Last weekend, exactly a week after his new record, Late Night Feelings, was released, Mark headed to the festival with two cameras and a ton of film. There, he would perform with King Princess and Yebba, DJ two late-night hip-hop sets, and team up with his good friend and collaborator Miley Cyrus at the festival’s final night of performances.

“Taking photos is very similar to producing music because you are constantly trying to make people feel at ease and comfortable and relaxed within themselves,” says Ronson. “It’s another way to channel that thing I guess I have been doing for 20 years. I love film because I love analogue recordings. I love these slightly bygone art forms where the proof is in the pudding.” 

Scroll down to see his photos of the festival.

Scene at Glastonbury. Photo: Mark Ronson
Scene at Glastonbury. Photo: Mark Ronson
Tyler Reymore, Dua Lipa and Joe Kentish. Photo: Mark Ronson
Vampire Weekend. Photo: Mark Ronson
Sidestage at the Vampire Weekend show. Photo: Mark Ronson
The crowd watching King Princess perform. Photo: Mark Ronson
Clare Gillen and King Princess. Photo: Mark Ronson
Miley Cyrus rehearsing. Photo: Mark Ronson
Andrew Wyatt. Photo: Mark Ronson
Young Waters. Photo: Mark Ronson
Sam Wolfson, Sarah Pearson, Alexa Chung, George Barnett, Pixie Geldof, and Waseem. Photo: Mark Ronson
The Wu Tang Clan show. Photo: Mark Ronson
Dua Lipa. Photo: Mark Ronson
Madonnatron. Photo: Mark Ronson
Alexander Skarsgård, Vas J. Morgan, and Michael Braun. Photo: Mark Ronson
David Ronson picks up a fan at Wu-Tang. Photo: Mark Ronson
Dua Lipa’s shoes. Photo: Mark Ronson
Cam Avery of Tame Impala. Photo: Mark Ronson
Lucy and Ladonna, backup singers to Yebba. Photo: Mark Ronson
A Wu Tang fan. Photo: Mark Ronson
Natalie Judge. Photo: Mark Ronson
Miley Cyrus. Photo: Mark Ronson
Billy Ray Cyrus. Photo: Mark Ronson
Miley Cyrus. Photo: Mark Ronson
Kevin Parker of Tame Impala. Photo: Mark Ronson
Yebba, Lucy and Ladonna, and two musician friends. Photo: Mark Ronson
Ed Dyson Photo: Mark Ronson
King Princess and Harley Wertheimer. Photo: Mark Ronson
Mark Savage of the BBC. Photo: Mark Ronson
Nick Grimshaw of the BBC and Meshasch Henry. Photo: Mark Ronson
Self portrait. Photo: Mark Ronson
Late night at Glastonbury. Photo: Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson’s Glastonbury Festival Photo Diary