Lionel Richie’s performance has drawn the biggest crowd of this year’s Glastonbury Festival, with at least 100,000 people estimated to have watched the singer.
The Pyramid Stage field at Worthy Farm was packed to see Lionel Richie playing hits like Dancing on the Ceiling, Hello and Say You Say Me.
This year’s festival closed with The Who performing their hits on the Pyramid Stage as part of a world tour that has been billed as their last.
Paul Weller and Patti Smith also played and the Dalai Lama visited the site.
The 177,000 festivalgoers are now making their way home from the Somerset site.
Lionel Richie’s performance in the festival’s traditional Sunday afternoon “legend” slot will be remembered as one of this year’s highlights.
Organizers suggested the field could have been near its 120,000 capacity when the star played.
Lionel Richie’s set included hits like All Night Long, We Are The World, Easy and Three Times A Lady.
Fans chanted the singer’s name and the security guards in front of the stage had even learned a dance that they performed when Lionel Richie played Dancing on the Ceiling.
After that song, the singer looked disbelievingly at the size of the crowd and repeated: “What the hell is going on?”
Lionel Richie was following in the footsteps of stars like Dolly Parton, Tom Jones and Neil Diamond, who have taken the Sunday afternoon slot in the past.
At the end of the night, The Who brought the festival to a close with a greatest hits set that included rock classics like Pinball Wizard, Baba O’Riley and Won’t Get Fooled Again.
They also took a dig at Kanye West’s claim, made during his Saturday headline slot, to be the world’s greatest rock star.
The Who’s Glastonbury appearance was part of a world tour to mark their 50th anniversary, which singer Roger Daltrey has described as “the beginning of the long goodbye”.
Elsewhere at the festival, dance favorites The Chemical Brothers ended proceedings on a high on the Other Stage, while there were also appearances by Ryan Adams, art-pop auteur FKA Twigs and FFS – a group made from merging Franz Ferdinand and Sparks.
Kanye West has performed at this year’s Glastonbury festival, telling fans he is “the greatest living rock star on the planet”.
The rapper’s headline booking had caused some controversy and his performance divided opinion among the crowd on site.
Kanye West opened with number one hit Stronger and performed on a largely bare stage with a bank of white lights above.
His set was briefly interrupted by a stage invasion by British comedian and prankster Lee Nelson.
The prankster, real name Simon Brodkin, wrote on Twitter: “Some people were saying Kanye shouldn’t headline Glastonbury so I thought I’d give him a hand.”
Lee Nelson was swiftly bundled off stage by a security guard and Kanye West resumed his song Black Skinhead.
At one point, Kanye West left the stage to travel above the heads of the crowd in the cradle of a cherry picker for the songs Touch the Sky and All of the Lights.
His performance came after more than 134,000 people signed a petition objecting to his booking, and Glastonbury organizer Emily Eavis had death threats on Twitter from a disgruntled fan.
Kanye West’s appearance was one of the weekend’s biggest talking points.
The rapper is one of the biggest names in popular music, with 21 Grammy Awards under his belt and 11 million albums sold in the US alone.
However, Kanye West is notoriously erratic and uncompromising, comparing himself to figures including Jesus and Leonardo Da Vinci, and occasionally launching into long mid-set rants.
He kept his mid-song chat relatively short at Glastonbury.
Kanye West did not directly address the pre-show debate, simply telling fans: “Thank you for coming out tonight.”
The online petition had called for Kanye West to be dropped from the Glastonbury bill and be replaced by a rock band. But the rapper has labelled the petition “an insult to music fans all over the world”.
At one stage Kanye West was joined on stage by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon to perform their song Lost In The World.
Afterwards, Kanye West revealed that the song had been inspired by his wife, Kim Kardashian, who was watching the show.
He said: “This song was extra special for me. I was trying to explain to a girl I loved so much how much I loved her. She brought this poetry out in me that became the lyrics and she ended up becoming my wife and she’s here tonight.”
Kanye West put the focus firmly back on himself when, before introducing one of his biggest hits, Gold Digger, he said: “I’m going to say this tonight because 20 years from now, 30 years from now, 40 years from now, I might not be able to say it, but I can say it tonight… You are now watching the greatest living rock star on the planet.”
He followed Pharrell Williams, who played crowd-pleasing tunes including Happy, Blurred Lines and Get Lucky on the Pyramid Stage.
Pharrell Williams was joined by a group of children on stage to dance to Get Lucky.
Other acts performing on Saturday included Burt Bacharach, George Ezra and Paloma Faith.
Celebrities spotted at the festival included Adele, Coldplay singer Chris Martin, Lewis Hamilton, Stella McCartney and James Corden.
The weather on the Somerset site brightened up on Saturday following Friday’s rain, although more showers are forecast for Sunday.
The Who will close the festival on Sunday, Lionel Richie will perform in the festival’s now-established Sunday afternoon legends slot and Tibetan spiritual leader The Dalai Lama will visit the festival’s Green Fields.
Rain doused this year Glastonbury Festival’s first day as fans enjoyed music on the main stages.
A heavy shower on Friday afternoon brought out the wellies, ponchos and umbrellas and created puddles on site.
Here are few simple ways to survive the mud and rain at Glastonbury this weekend:
Don’t forget to bring a towel.
Bring a bin bag. It will save you. Leave Glastonbury as you found it – tidy and beautiful. These are also essential when it comes to handling your wet and muddy clothes.
Make sure your tent is strong and waterproof. Make sure it has a cover on top or fashion one out of a bin bag. Also, make sure it’s sturdy enough and pegged in thoroughly.
Don’t camp at the bottom of a hill. It will be a mess.
Take an extra tent. If there’s a few of you going in a group, it might be wise to take an extra tent just to store all of your wet and muddy gear in. Just don’t advertise the fact that there’s no one staying in it.
Make sure you have a poncho. Don’t be that guy with an umbrella blocking everyone’s view of the stage. Man up and get yourself a poncho. You can either buy one, fashion one out of a bin bag, or accept a branded one from the many evil corporations who will be giving them out for free.
Don’t foget your willies. Trying to maneuver around the site without wellies is like trying to sprint through concrete – and if you wait until you arrive to buy them, you’ll probably get ripped off.
Mud-slides don’t do them. You may think you’re being whacky and kerr-azzy but you’ll probably catch dysentery.
Rain doused Glastonbury Festival’s first day as fans enjoyed music on the main stages.
A heavy shower on Friday afternoon brought out the wellies, ponchos and umbrellas and created puddles on site.
Friday’s acts include Florence and the Machine, Motorhead, Mark Ronson and an unconfirmed band, rumored to be The Libertines, on the Pyramid Stage.
Physicist Stephen Hawking is unlikely to attend the event for an appearance in the Kidz Field.
A spokesperson for Prof. Stephen Hawking told The Telegraph he had pulled out “for personal reasons”.
Feminist punk band Pussy Riot made an appearance in front of the Park Stage, using a theatrical protest to convey their anti-government message.
The appearance began with an actor posing as a Russian soldier standing atop a military van and declaring Glastonbury a pro-Russian republic.
Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, who were imprisoned in Russia for almost two years for their protests, then climbed up, tied him up and put one of their trademark multi-colored balaclavas on him.
Nadia Tolokonnikova told the crowd to “develop a culture of rebellion” and, in a remark possibly aimed at other bands, said they could not just “sit on a comfy coach and drink some beer”.
They were then interviewed on top of the van by singer Charlotte Church, who described them as “one of the most important movements this century”.
A total of 177,000 people are due on site. The weather is expected to brighten up later, with Saturday expected to be sunny but more rain likely on Sunday.
Pussy Riot has been confirmed to appear at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, after the event revealed its full 2015 line-up.
The Russian punk band will appear in conversation twice during the festival, on the Park Stage on Saturday, June 27, and the Left Field on Friday, June 26.
Burt Bacharach, The Proclaimers, The Cribs and Wilko Johnson have also been added to the bill.
They join Pyramid Stage headliners Foo Fighters, Kanye West and The Who.
Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were released from a Russian prison last year after 21 months, having been convicted of hooliganism over protests in Moscow.
They were among five members of the radical group to stage a “punk prayer” in Moscow’s biggest cathedral.
Singer-songwriter and activist Billy Bragg, who hosts Glastonbury’s Left Field, tweeted: “Pleased to announce that Nadya and Masha from Pussy Riot will be speaking at Left Field @GlastoFest 1.30pm Friday.”
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina recently appeared as themselves in hit Netflix political series House of Cards, where they staged a protest against fictional Russian president, the Putin-esque Viktor Petrov, at a dinner party.
Glastonbury organizers revealed set times for all of the stages, including a mammoth slot for Friday night headliners Foo Fighters.
They will play the Pyramid Stage from 21:15-23:45 BST – an hour longer than Kanye West is scheduled to perform for the following night and 30 minutes longer than Sunday night headliners The Who.
Surprise additions included a favorite of organizer Emily Eavis who tweeted: “And very excited about Burt Bacharach!”
Burt Bacharach will play the Pyramid Stage, as will the Burtle Silver Band and ballet group the Michael Clark Company.
Pharrell Williams and Florence And The Machine will headline this year’s Glastonbury festival.
Florence Welch says she hopes her foot, which she broke at Coachella, will have fully healed in time.
This year will also be a first for the singer Mary J. Blige and Motorhead, while the likes of Alt-J and Rudimental are returning to Somerset.
Indie fans can enjoy the likes of Suede, The Vaccines, The Maccabees and Franz Ferdinand and for those who prefer dance DeadMau5, The Chemical Brothers, Jamie XX and Caribou are among those performing.
The lineup also includes Patti Smith, Jungle, La Roux, Hot Chip, Rudimental, Super Furry Animals, Charli XCX, Clean Bandit, Alabama Shakes and Future Islands.
The festival takes place in June and it still keeping things a little bit mysteryous.
As Glastonbury festival organizers announced that Kanye West will headline this year festival’s Saturday lineup, outraged fans are already demanding that rapper be dumped from the lineup.
According to a Change.org petition signed by more than 21,000 people as of Tuesday afternoon, it’s because “Kanye West is an insult to music fans all over the world” and not “deserving.”
“Cancel Kanye West’s slot and get a rock band,” the petition demanded.
It then added: “We spend hundreds of pounds to attend glasto, and by doing so, expect a certain level of entertainment.”
For the record, Foo Fighters are headlining Friday night’s Glastonbury lineup.
In 2008, there was an outcry over Jay-Z being the first rapper to headline Glastonbury, apparently because he wasn’t “rock” enough to handle the top slot on the bill.
However, anyone on the Internet can sign this petition, regardless of whether they’re going to Glastonbury or even live in the UK. So these 21,000-and-counting signatures don’t exclusively come from Glastonbury fest-goers.
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