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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.

Photo Reuters

Photo Reuters

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.


The Who has unveiled Be Lucky – its first song since 2006 – to mark its 50th anniversary.

Be Lucky includes lyrical references to Australian rockers AC/DC and French electro band Daft Punk and will be included in a double album featuring the group’s greatest hits.

The band will donate royalties from the new track to teenage cancer sufferers.

One of the most influential rock bands of the 20th Century, their hits include My Generation and I Can See for Miles.

Earlier this year, surviving members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend announced they would play a tour, which starts in the UK in November, to mark their 50 years in the industry.

Roger Daltrey described the tour as “the beginning of the long goodbye”.

The new track Be Lucky features the lyrics “You wanna climb without a safety line/ AC/DC’s gonna be fine,” and a similar refrain, “You want to climb without a safety line/ Daft Punk will tell you that it’s gonna be fine.”

The Who is one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th Century

The Who is one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th Century (photo MTV)

Daft Punk’s single Get Lucky was one of the biggest hits of 2013.

Recorded at British Grove and Yellow Fish Studios, the Who track features long-time collaborators Zak Starkey on drums and Pino Palladino on bass.

In a statement on their website, The Who said: “In keeping with their ongoing support for Teenage Cancer charities, the band have donated their royalties from the song to Teen Cancer America.”

Roger Daltrey was instrumental in founding the Teenage Cancer Trust gigs at the Royal Albert Hall in London in 2000.

In 2011, Teen Cancer America was founded by Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend in the US.

In April, Roger Daltrey was presented with the outstanding contribution prize at the Music Week awards for his work with the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The Who was formed by singer Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and John Entwistle in London in 1964 and were joined by drummer Keith Moon before recording their first single.

Keith Moon died of a drug overdose in 1978 and John Entwistle died of a drug-induced heart attack in 2002.

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