Sir Paul McCartney made history as Glastonbury’s oldest solo headliner and began the set on the pyramid stage.
The former Beatles headline show on Saturday will take place just a week after he celebrates his 80th birthday and has been making music for over 60 years.
Sir Paul, wearing a navy Nehru-style jacket, started the set with the production of the Beatles hit “Can’t Buy Me Love”.
To the crowd, he said: “Good evening Glastonbury-it’s very good to be here-I was supposed to do this three years ago.”
Sir Paul teased the setlist the night before and added:
“I feel like I’m having a good time tonight.”
The third song that the former Beatles played on the pyramid stage was Letting Go, released with the former band Wings.
He also entertained a large audience while playing his song “Come on to Me”.
After the song, the musician took off his jacket and said, “That’s the only wardrobe change in the middle of the night.”
The singer also called him a “nice” and “modest man” when he told anecdotes about him in honor of the late Jimi Hendrix.
He later dedicated a piano-led version of My Valentine to his wife, Nancy, who was watching the Glastonbury set in the audience.
“The next song is a song I wrote for my wife Nancy. She’s in the audience with us tonight. This is for your Nank,” he said.
Also, among the selected songs were The Beatles’ Fixing a Hole and Let Me Roll It. This is the song he released with the band Wings.
Following this, he switched his guitar to a piano to play his track Let’Em In.
As the sun set over Worthy Farm in Somerset, the crowd shook to the song.
At some point, Sir Paul paused talking to the audience to check the crowd.
He said: “What’s happening there? Something is happening in the middle of the crowd. Let’s attend it.”
After the situation was evaluated, he added, “It’s good, we’re categorizing it,” before continuing the show.
Prior to the history-making set on the Pyramid Stage, Sir Paul gave a surprise preview performance at an intimate venue in Fromm, Somerset, where he played some of his most famous solo material.
Earlier Saturday, in a speech at Glastonbury, Greta Thunberg called on society to take on “historical responsibility to get things right” for the global climate crisis.
Speaking from the pyramid stage, a 19-year-old environmental activist told the crowd that he still feels that the world has the hope of choosing a path that is “sustainable” and “leading to the future of all.”
Following Ms. Toonberg’s speech, pop-rock band Heim took the set, and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Bird appeared on the pyramid stage.
At the Pyramid Stage, various talents such as Heim, AJ Tracey, Easy Life, Joy Crookes, and Rare Amazon Daflick were held on Saturday.
Musical stars also performed on multiple stages of the festival, including American pop star Olivia Rodrigo and rapper Megan Thee Stallion performing on other stages.
Hoosiers led the Avalon stage and Jessie Ware closed the park stage while Mercury winner Celeste played the Westholtz stage.
Irish closed the first day of his performance at Glastonbury with an inspiring headline performance on the Pyramid Stage on Friday.
Her appearance was a milestone at the festival when she became the youngest solo headliner in history at Glastonbury.