Paul McCartney 'to return to Glastonbury as Saturday night headliner'

21 February 2022, 11:25 | Updated: 10 January 2024, 13:30

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By Mayer Nissim

Paul McCartney will be the oldest ever headliner of the Glastonbury Festival.

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Paul McCartney stormed Glastonbury when he performed as a Pyramid Stage headliner back in 2004.

He was booked to return back in 2020 for what would have been the festival's 50th anniversary, but his slot was cancelled along with the whole festival because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last year's event also didn't happen, but after the triumphant reception to The Beatles: Get Back miniseries and the announcement of his 'Got Back' US tour, McCartney is reportedly finally coming back to Glastonbury.

According to The Sun, The Beatles superstar will top the 2022 main stage on Saturday night after sets from ex-Oasis songwriter Noel Gallagher and Haim.

It adds that Kendrick Lamar – another planned headliner from the abandoned 2020 festival – will top the bill on Sunday night.

Paul McCartney at Glastonbury 2004
Paul McCartney at Glastonbury 2004. Picture: Alamy

To jog your memories, Paul McCartney's career-spanning 2004 Glastonbury Setlist was as follows:

  1. Jet
  2. Got to Get You Into My Life
  3. Flaming Pie
  4. All My Loving
  5. Let Me Roll It
  6. She's a Woman
  7. Maybe I'm Amazed
  8. The Long and Winding Road
  9. In Spite of All the Danger
  10. Blackbird
  11. We Can Work It Out
  12. Here Today
  13. All Things Must Pass
  14. Yellow Submarine
  15. I'll Follow the Sun
  16. Calico Skies
  17. Eleanor Rigby
  18. Drive My Car
  19. Penny Lane
  20. Get Back
  21. Band on the Run
  22. Back in the USSR
  23. Live and Let Die
  24. I've Got a Feeling
  25. Lady Madonna
  26. Hey Jude
  27. Yesterday
  28. Follow Me
  29. Let It Be
  30. I Saw Her Standing There
  31. Helter Skelter
  32. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
  33. The End

Since then, McCartney has released six top-ten albums, including 2020's McCartney III, his first number one album in over 30 years.

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It's been reported that Taylor Swift, the third 2020 Pyramid Stage headliner, will not be performing at this year's show.

The only headliner officially confirmed by the festival itself at the time of writing is Billie Eilish.

Diana Ross has also been confirmed to play the Sunday afternoon 'Legends Slot', following in the footsteps of Dolly Parton, Leonard Cohen, Tony Bennett, Lionel Richie, Paul Simon, Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue, Brian Wilson and Shirley Bassey.