Paul McCartney warms up for Glastonbury with surprise concert

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·2-min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
Inglewood, CA - May 13:  Paul McCartney performs during his Got Back tour at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood on Friday, May 13, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images)
Paul McCartney performs live. (Getty Images)

Paul McCartney has announced a surprise warm-up gig before his headline appearance at Glastonbury this Saturday.

The Beatles legend announced he will be playing at the Cheese and Grain in Somerset on Friday evening 24 June, from 5pm.

Tickets were released on a first come first served basis and were priced at just £25.

Tents are set up as festivalgoers attend the Glastonbury festival near the village of Pilton in Somerset, southwest England, on June 23, 2022. - More than 200,000 music fans and megastars Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish and Kendrick Lamar descend on the English countryside this week as Glastonbury Festival returns after a three-year hiatus. The coronavirus pandemic forced organisers to cancel the last two years' events, and those going this year face an arduous journey battling three days of major rail strikes across the country. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Glastonbury festival. (Getty Images)

The surprise gig promptly sold out with the small not-for-profit venue sharing a post that said: "What an amazing treat… we are told this won't be his normal set either so should be an afternoon full of wonderful surprises."

Read more: Sir Paul McCartney almost quit The Beatles due to crippling stage fright

McCartney is set to become the festival's oldest ever headliner when he takes to the Pyramid Stage on Saturday night aged 80.

He last headlined the festival back in 2004.

His performance will come 24 hours after Glastonbury's youngest ever headliner Billie Eilish takes to the stage.

The Sunday headliner is rapper Kendrick Lamar while other stars set to perform include Diana Ross, Sam Fender, Lorde, Noel Gallagher, Pet Shop Boys, Foals, Haim and jazz legend Herbie Hancock.

Over 200,000 people are expected to attend the Worthy Park festival which is taking place for the first time since 2019 due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Inglewood, CA - May 13:  Paul McCartney performs during his Got Back tour at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood on Friday, May 13, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images)
Paul McCartney performs during his Got Back tour. (Getty Images)

McCartney and Lamar were also announced as headliners for the cancelled 2020 festival with Taylor Swift also set to topline the Pyramid Stage.

The 2021 festival was also announced with Coldplay as headliners but that was again cancelled due to Covid-19 regulations in the UK.

As a result of the second cancelled year, the festival produced a number of small live concerts featuring acts such as Damon Albarn, Haim and Kano.

Radiohead offshoot The Smile also made their debut at the livestreamed event that was also aired by the BBC in lieu of the festival's cancellation.

Watch below: Sun shines on Glastonbury ahead of first festival in 3 years

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting