Glastonbury Festival: performance of Sir Paul McCartney in 2004

SIR Paul McCartney is set to return to Worthy Farm to headline the Glastonbury Festival for the second time in his career this summer.

American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish will become the festival’s youngest solo headliner when she fills the Friday night slot, and rapper Kendrick Lamar will headline Sunday.

Sir Paul also performed on Saturday night at Glastonbury in 2004 – a performance which marked the end of his summer tour of 12 European cities for 700,000 fans.

A year earlier, festival founder Michael Eavis said he couldn’t get Sir Paul on the bill because Radiohead “was already booked” to headline Saturday night.

After it was confirmed he would headline Glastonbury 2004, Sir Paul said: “The tour has been really fun for us and the audience has been great so why stop now?”

It headlined alongside Oasis (Friday night) and Muse (Sunday night).

In the county gazette‘s preview of the festival, our reporter wrote: “A fabulous musical feast will be served to those lucky enough to get Glastonbury Festival tickets this weekend.

“The ticket rush for the three-day event saw all 112,000 tickets sold in 24 hours, and this year security will be tightened to prevent non-ticket holders from breaking in.

“Oasis, Morrissey, PJ Harvey and Christy Moore will make a welcome return to the Pyramid Stage while debutant Paul McCartney, who just completed his 3,000th gig, will be a Pyramid Stage virgin headlining Saturday.”

Sir Paul played classics from The Beatles repertoire including Yellow Submarine, Eleanor Rigby, Penny Lane and Hey Jude, alongside songs from Wings and his solo career.

Reflecting on the weekend, county gazette Critic Tamsin Curtis wrote: “An eclectic mix of quintessentially British weather failed to cloud the fun of Glastonbury Festival 2004.

“Over three days and a lot of mud wrestling, I saw 18 bands on various stages and could hear and see anyone I wanted.

“Headlining, the Black Eyed Peas played an absolutely scorching set on the Pyramid Stage, hot on the heels of the Scissor Sisters who sung their songs in a hailstorm.

“The main stage also had other classy acts such as Groove Armada and Nelly Furtado, while 17-year-old Joss Stone from Mid Devon put on a performance much more mature than his age.

“Meanwhile, the other stage hosted fantastic performances from Franz Ferdinand, Divine Comedy and Keane, which had the crowd cheering as rain clouds gave way to sunshine moments after the end of the show. “Sunshine”.


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Although the festival secured high-profile headlines, our reviewer found more enjoyment away from the Pyramid stage.

“The Oasis headliner was a bitter disappointment, and after hearing three of their lackluster songs, I left to see the far superior Chemical Brothers,” Tamsin wrote.

“And Sir Paul McCartney, who took the spotlight on Saturday night, didn’t appeal to me when there was more fun to be had with Basement Jaxx.”

At the end of the review, Tamsin wrote, “Now that the tent is packed away and the mud has finally been scraped off my body, I look forward to next year’s music party with as much anticipation as ever. ”

Sir Paul will once again perform in Somerset this year as the festival makes its long-awaited return after a pandemic-forced two-year hiatus.

When this year’s lineup was announced, festival co-organizer Emily Eavis said, “Having Paul McCartney return to headline The Pyramid next year is an absolute dream come true.

“There really wasn’t anyone we wanted more for the 50th birthday.”

Diana Ross will perform in the Sunday ‘legends’ slot on Sunday afternoon – two years after her first performance.

Jan G. Gilbert