Sir Paul McCartney to become Glastonburys oldest ever solo headliner at 80
Sir Paul McCartney is set to become Glastonbury Festival's oldest ever solo headliner when he takes to The Pyramid Stage this weekend.
After being cancelled for the last two years due to the coronavirus pandemic, the popular Somerset festival will return with the former Beatle as its headliner on Saturday night (June 25).
The performance, which will mark Paul's second time topping The Pyramid Stage bill, will come exactly one week after the star celebrates his 80th birthday.
Back in May, the much-loved musician hinted the upcoming show will feature hits from his time in the Beatles and Wings, as well as some of his best-known solo material.
Speaking during rehearsals, he revealed that most of the audience "have paid good money, have brought their mums and dads" and do not want to hear his "deep cuts".
Paul, who has spent more than 60 years making music, is expected to attract large crowds at the festival – rivalling those of The Rolling Stones in 2013 and Adele in 2016.
Furthermore, Glastonbury will also play host to its youngest ever solo headliner in the form of 20-year-old Billie Eilish on Friday night (June 24).
The singer, who has been firmly in the spotlight since 2019 with the release of chart-topper Bad Guy, confirmed the news to fans in October last year.
At the time, Billie shared a photo of herself in a Glastonbury branded hoodie and simply wrote "2022" beside it.
But despite her excitement, the talent musician is experiencing pre-show nerves ahead of the event.
Speaking to Matt Wilkinson on his Glastonbury special show on Apple Music 1, Billie explained: "It’s a serious once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be asked to go to and to do. And I’m constantly feeling like I’m undeserving of everything, and I think that’s a good thing. I would say that that’s a good thing for the most part.
"But first of all, it makes you doubt everybody because you’re like ‘Why would you choose me?’ But with that being said, that’s why I’m even more excited about it and stoked to be the youngest headliner ever.
"And I’m a woman and that’s really cool. And it makes me excited for the future. And unfortunately, there’s not a lot of female headliners constantly so I feel really honoured and really excited."
Meanwhile, Paul is certainly a veteran when it comes to performing on stage.
After meeting John Lennon at school, the singer went on to join the Beatles in 1961, where he took over on bass.
As well as Paul and John, the band also compromised of George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
Brian Epstein signed The Beatles in 1962 and they had their first hit with Love Me Do later that year.
Over the next seven years, The Beatles had hits with songs including Hey Jude, She Loves You, Twist And Shout, and All You Need Is Love until they split in 1970.
Following their split, Paul formed a new group, Wings, alongside his wife Linda as one of the members.
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