The indefatigable gentleman Paul McCartney enchants the Glastonbury Festival

The British press hailed the performance of the former Beatles, one of the highlights of the 2022 edition of the musical event which is being held this weekend in the south of England after a two-year forced break.

Like the reed, the repertoire of the distinguished British guitarist and songwriter bends, but does not break under the onslaught of time. Paul McCartney performed on the stage of the English Glastonbury Festival on Saturday evening for an anthology performance hailed as one of the “most exciting, exhilaratingof the demonstration by the Sunday Telegraph. Performing a selection of the great classics of the Beatles as well as the Wings, the musician was notably joined on stage by Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl.

The 100,000-goer festival held each year in Pilton, Somerset, honored the former Beatles member with a “happy birthday” in tribute to the singer, who celebrated his 80th birthday last week. Paul McCartney has become the festival’s oldest headliner, as a counterpoint to the youngest, 20-year-old pop star Billie Eilish. However, the number of springs did not diminish the enthusiasm of the huge crowd who feasted on the succession of hits sung at the top of their voices: Can’t Buy Me Love, Love Me Do, Blackbird, Helter Skelter, let it be or Hey Jude and its endless finale.

The 1960s teen idol was joined by Bruce Spingsteen for I Wanna Be Your Man and by former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl for I Saw Her Standing There. As noticed The Observerthere was “something incredibly charming to see the childlike delight on Springsteen’s face when he and McCartney exchanged lines”.

Music and politics

American rapper Kendrick Lamar prepares to close the Glastonbury Festival on Sunday, which also featured soul legend Diana Ross, former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant, New Zealand singer Lorde or the Pet Shop Boys. Several artists, such as Billie Eilish or the American singer Phoebe Bridgers, took advantage of their concert to condemn the recent restriction of the right to abortion in the United States.

Several other political parentheses punctuated the demonstration. Before the concert of rock group The Libertines on Friday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed festival-goers with a pre-recorded message asking for their support in the face of the Russian invasion, which is preventing Ukrainians from “enjoy the freedom and this wonderful summer”. On the stage on Saturday, environmental activist Greta Thunberg highlighted the “historical responsibility” which weighs on the population in the face of global warming, attacking the double discourse of world leaders who are developing fossil fuel infrastructures.

The festival celebrated 50 years in this edition two years late, after the cancellations of the last two editions due to the coronavirus pandemic. In 2021, the festival was replaced by a large concert without an audience broadcast live on the internet, featuring British rockers Wolf Alice, pop rock trio Haim and festival veterans Coldplay. It is sold out this year, with the majority of entries having been awarded to ticket holders from previous canceled editions.

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