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Thursday, February 2, 2023

Crowd at Glastonbury chanting “We love you Michael, we love you” to the founder of the festival

The Glastonbury crowd chanted “We love you Michael, we love you” on the Williams Green stage as festival founder Michael Eavis played with his band to a packed audience.

On Thursday night, Eavis, 86, performed Frank Sinatra’s “You Are Always On My Mind” and “My Way”, reciting the lyrics from a music stand to the accompaniment of six people.

Eavis thanked the crowd and left the stage to loud applause before driving away in a Land Rover, and further applause broke out as he passed the festival goers on the road outside the venue.


Crowds watch Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis perform with his band at the William’s Green tent during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset (Eui Mock/PA)

His performance came amid a Glastonbury festival warning to avoid the Williams Green stage, where he performed for “several hours” because it was “very busy”.

On Thursday, it was announced that Sir Paul McCartney would be opening for the Worthy Farm festival with a performance at the Somerset music venue the night before the Glastonbury performance.

The surprise concert, featuring the 80-year-old former Beatle member, sold out on a first-come, first-served basis in less than an hour.

The Cheese and Grain Leisure Center in Frome, Somerset will welcome Sir Paul from 5pm on Friday.

Their website said: “In 24 hours Paul McCartney will be performing live here at Frome at Cheese and Grain.

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“What an incredible opportunity to see Paul warm up for his performance at Glastonbury this weekend.

“What an amazing treat…we were told this wouldn’t be his regular set either, so the day should be full of great surprises.”

Sir Paul will be Glastonbury Festival’s oldest solo headliner when he takes the stage this weekend, exactly one week after celebrating his 80th birthday.

The festival will return with the former Beatle as headliner on Saturday night, its second time topping the Pyramid stage list since a 2004 performance.

This year’s music offering also features headliners Billie Eilish and Kendrick Lamar, with Diana Ross filling the Sunday Teatime Legends slot.

On Thursday, Glastonbury co-organizer Emily Eavis thanked festival goers for their commitment to attending the event, saying she believes “the best people in the world come here.”

The 42-year-old artist performed the day after the festival opened its doors for the first time in three years after it was canceled twice during the coronavirus pandemic.

Eavis told local festival newspaper Glastonbury Free Press: “We offered a refund, but so few people agreed to it.

“The commitment that people have shown us is absolutely not taken for granted and it meant so much.

“I sincerely think that the best people in the world come here.

“Bands always say that this audience is the most generous, respectful and interested crowd.

“Therefore, I would like to thank everyone who supported us and supported us over the past three years.

“Now I just hope you all have a great time.”

Eavis said having to cancel Glastonbury in 2020 and 2021 was “a very sad and quite traumatic thing to go through.”

She added, “Especially when you’re canceling and don’t really know when you’ll be back.

“But there is no escape from the pandemic – to one degree or another, it has affected everyone.

“And at the end of the day, it’s just a festival; more important things were happening in the world. But being able to open the gate again and bring people together for pure joy is so wonderful.”

More than 200,000 people visit the approximately 800-acre (3.2 million square meter) Glastonbury grounds in Pilton, Somerset this year, according to statistics provided by the festival.

This total at Worthy Farm includes 138,000 tickets sold and 67,000 employees, and the venue includes 500 marquees, 100 performance venues and 101 bars, as well as one “secret”.

The festival also raises over £2 million for charity a year for 500 causes.

Speaking earlier about the money lost as a result of the cancellation, she said, “We have definitely gone through some financial difficulties.

“It was very hairy.

“People forget that we are still an independent festival.

“We have a long way to go after the last two years, but the important thing is that we are back.

“And it’s so great to be focusing on exciting things again.”


The festival takes place at Worthy Farm in Somerset (Yui Mok/PA).

The meteorological service predicted a change of sunny weather with possible thunderstorms.

And the latest line-up changes for Glastonbury include rocker Terry Reed dropping out of his Sunday afternoon Acoustic Stage slot.

He will be replaced by Glenn Tilbrook, lead singer and guitarist of Squeeze.

Wolf Alice, who performed at the Pyramid Stage on Friday, tweeted early Thursday morning that they were stuck in Los Angeles due to a flight cancellation.

In a tweet to British Airways, they wrote: “@British_Airways can get us to England from LA anyway before we have to play Glastonbury on Friday afternoon, our flight has been canceled :(“.

The airline’s response was that they would “see what we can do for you”.

The band also tweeted, “Does anyone have a private jet to LA?” adding: “Our flights have been canceled and we need to get to Glastonbury in earnest.”

On Friday, the group was asked on Twitter if they had made it home, and they replied: “We are now waiting for a flight to Seattle, from where we can go directly to London.”

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