Sir Paul McCartney set to headline Pyramid stage

Sir Paul McCartney is set to headline the Glastonbury Festival a week after his 80th birthday.

The Beatles singer is said to be taking to the festival’s famous Pyramid stage on Saturday night, joining fellow headliner Billie Eilish, who is so far the only headline to have been officially confirmed by festival organizers.

This summer’s festival will be the first to take place since 2019. Glastonbury’s 2020 event, which was to mark the festival’s 50th anniversary and see McCartney perform, has been canceled due to the pandemic, which has also hampered any plans postponement in 2021.

Taylor Swift was among the headliners scheduled to perform at the 2020 event, but according to reports, the star “politely declined” to be part of the festival this year.

However, Diana Ross, who was scheduled to play the coveted Sunday afternoon Legends slot on the Pyramid Stage, will still perform.

Festival organizer Emily Eavis says the full festival lineup will be released this week. American rapper Kendrick Lamar, who was expected to be the third headliner in 2020, is the favorite to take the final headliner this year.

Other acts believed to occur include Haim and Noel Gallagher.

The Glastonbury Festival is one of the largest and most respected music festivals in the world. Taking place in the remote village of Pilton in south west England, the event featured performances by artists including The Rolling Stones, Metallica, Dolly Parton, Jay-Z, Beyonce and Stormzy throughout of its five decades.

This year’s event will return to Worthy Farm June 22-26. Tickets for the festival are sold out, as the organizers automatically allowed 2020 ticket holders to keep their tickets for the event. However, once the full lineup has been announced, there will likely be a resale of any tickets returned by those who can no longer attend.

Updated: February 21, 2022, 08:23

Jan G. Gilbert