Glastonbury fans sing Happy Birthday to Paul McCartney

June 26, 2022 10:30 am

This is McCartney's second headline slot at Glastonbury... 18 years after his first appearance. [Source: BBC]

Fans broke into a spontaneous rendition of Happy Birthday for Paul McCartney as he began his headline show at the Glastonbury festival.

The star, who turned 80 last week, had stopped to say hello after his second song when the crowd serenaded him.

“For me?” he asked, temporarily stopped in his tracks,

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The rock superstar opened his set with The Beatles’ classic Can’t Buy Me Love, a song that’s 58 years old itself.

He continued with The Wings’ hit Junior’s Farm – a cheeky nod to the Eavis family, who host Glastonbury on their farm each year.

“Oh, man it’s so good to be here. We were supposed to be doing this three years ago,” said the star, referring to his planned 2020 set, which was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic,

“But here we are. We’ve got some old songs for you, we’ve got some new song and we’ve got some in-betweeners… and I got a feeling we’re going to have a great time.”

The opening 30 minutes of his set mixed songs from across his six decade-long pop career, from The Beatles’ Got To Get You Into My Life, to the more recent Come On To Me.

Some diehard fans staked out a front-row place more than 12 hours before the star was due to play.

By the time he took to the stage at 21:30, the crowd stretched as far as the eye could see, creating what could be the biggest Glastonbury audience since Dolly Parton in 2014.

Saturday’s line-up also included performances from Noel Gallagher, Ghetts, Yungblud and former headliners Skunk Anansie.

Their lead singer, Skin, sported an impressive, inflatable punk hairdo, which stayed intact even after she jumped into the audience.

Less fortunate were alt-pop band Easy Life, whose frontman Murray Matravers was dropped onto his head after attempting to crowdsurf at the Pyramid Stage.

“I was surprised, they dropped me pretty hard” he told the BBC afterwards. “But rest assured, it’s not my first time.

“It was fine. I prefer it more when it’s like that because it adds to the drama and the chaos.”