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Last Updated: Sunday, 27 June, 2004, 10:34 GMT 11:34 UK
Sir Paul wins over happy campers  
By Tom Bishop
BBC News Online at the Glastonbury Festival

Sir Paul McCartney
Sir Paul McCartney's set lasted two-and-a-half hours
Sir Paul McCartney declared: "It's great to be here in Glastonbury finally," as he launched into his festival headline set on Saturday.

The veteran star played an extensive two-and-a-half hour set of Beatles hits, solo songs and Wings tunes to a mixed crowd of muddy revellers.

His purple suit and red shirt were plain in comparison to the Spice Girls dress and furry tail worn earlier by Glastonbury performers PJ Harvey and Alison Goldfrapp respectively.

But Sir Paul has an unrivalled pop history to leaf through, and sing-alongs Penny Lane, Lady Madonna and Yellow Submarine kept most of the rain at bay.

Younger festival goers showed a healthy disrespect for Sir Paul, in the same way that the Beatles once poked fun at authority.

Yet no amount of heckling could persuade him to perform A Hard Day's Night or The Frog Chorus, and shouts of "boring" did nothing to silence Sir Paul's drawn-out Beatles anecdotes.

Sir Paul McCartney
Down with the kids: Sir Paul was "buzzing"
Whipping off his jacket, there was a touch of Tony Blair about his attempts to speak to the Glastonbury crowd in a language they would understand.

"Standing in the conference of ley lines we are buzzing," he said, prompting further sniggers by adopting rasta and Scouse accents, using the words "groovy" and "cool" and declaring: "We are digging it!"

The Glastonbury gig was the final date on Sir Paul's extensive world tour, and his performance was as smooth and well-rehearsed as his tribute to his late Beatles bandmates.

"Let's hear it for Johnny!" he shouted to huge cheers, then "let's hear it for Georgie!"

The night-time view of the stage
But before their wellies could stick in the mud of nostalgia, revellers were persuaded to dance to storming renditions of All My Loving, I Saw Her Standing There, Live and Let Die and Get Back.

One finale rolled into another, but a world-conquering Hey Jude inspired the greatest number of campsite sing-along.

As a man with a pretend pigeon on top of a stick led the crowd back to their tents, one beaming reveller said to her boyfriend: "What a Saturday night - a night with Paul."


The BBC's David Sillito
"Mud and rain doesn't seem to do anything to affect the Glastonbury spirit"


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