Paul McCartney’s background-making Glastonbury established was hailed as one of the best headline performances of this technology as a group of much more than 100,000 persons gathered at the festival’s renowned Pyramid phase to check out him participate in.

He was joined on phase by Bruce Springsteen and Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl – and even sang a duet with his outdated bandmate John Lennon, employing specific results pioneered by the Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson.

Eyebrows experienced been raised when it was declared that McCartney, who turned 80 previous week, would top the monthly bill, starting to be the oldest headliner in Glastonbury’s 52-year record.

Paul McCartney headlines Saturday evening at Glastonbury 2022. Photograph: Jon Rowley/EPA

But any doubts had been shredded when McCartney completed a around-a few hour set with a remarkable pyrotechnics display screen and a mass singalong to Enable It Be, Hey Jude and Stay and Permit Die.

“It exceeded all expectations,” beamed Richard Martin, 75, component of the most significant group the Pyramid stage experienced ever witnessed.

He stated: “Although I’m virtually his age, I’ve hardly ever found the Beatles – my wife has, she was 1 of all those screaming teens – but he just nailed it.

“He was good. Of course he’s a pro – he’s been at it for 50 % a century. Individuals driving us were being in their 20s and they understood the tunes backwards – that is great testimony to the toughness of the tracks.”

Paul McCartney was joined by Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen.
Paul McCartney was joined by Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen. Photograph: Harry Durrant/Getty Photos

Just about 4 million men and women tuned in to view from household, and drew rave essential evaluations. The Guardian’s Alexis Petridis stated McCartney’s most significant hits were “about as thrilling as pop audio gets”,” whilst the Impartial described it as “far and absent the very best this writer has observed on the Pyramid stage in 30 decades of Glastonburies”.

The Sunday Telegraph hailed it as “one of the most thrilling, uplifting, banger-crammed, star-studded sets this 50-plus-yr-previous pageant experienced at any time seen”.

Some festival-goers experienced camped out all day to get near to the Pyramid stage and it turned out to be a practical selection. The group very easily arrived at 100,000 persons, rating along with one of the biggest Pyramid phase attendances alongside the Rolling Stones in 2013.

By 9pm, 50 % an hour ahead of McCartney took to the phase, it was not possible to get any where around the entrance as massive masses of persons packed in from all corners of the 365-hectare (900-acre) site.

“It was amazing. Musically it was up there with a person of the most seminal times of my existence,” reported James Jack, 35, after screaming alongside to the Bond hit Are living and Enable Die – a second he claimed was satisfying a childhood dream: “When you observe the films with your dad when you’re about six. That was a boyish instant for me, it actually acquired me heading. It is the form of thing you explain to your grandkids about.”

Grohl, who experienced to pull out of a headline exhibit in 2015 just after breaking his leg, turned Macca’s surprise sideman for I Noticed Her Standing There, instantly adopted by Band on the Run. Even just before Bruce “the boss” Springsteen arrived, the crowd was levitating with delight.

Grohl and Springsteen, rock icons who had flown from the US especially for the set, appeared utterly overjoyed to be becoming a member of McCartney on phase.

‘A proper legend’: Paul McCartney.
‘A suitable legend’: Paul McCartney. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

“It was phenomenal,” claimed 25-12 months-outdated Sorcha Ingram. “I experienced the time of my life. I’ve hardly ever experienced anything like it. I was obsessed with the Beatles when I was more youthful, it is where my tunes flavor stems from. This was the 1st time I’d watched him, and my initial time at Glastonbury. It is a historic minute, a when-in-a-life span possibility.”

“He’s a suitable legend,” mentioned Keith Burnet, 59. “He actually did a really good gig that lined his total occupation at his possess time and tempo.”

But he faced some criticism for showing a “very unwell-advised” clip of Johnny Depp throughout his Glastonbury headline established.

A clip of Depp appeared on a large display all through My Valentine, a enjoy track composed for McCartney’s wife, Nancy Shevell.

1 Twitter person wrote: “I am so unfortunate that a gentleman like Paul McCartney has selected to give Johnny Depp a platform. As soon as yet again, domestic abuse survivors are fully mocked.”

McCartney and Depp are reportedly shut mates, and the American actor highlighted in video clip footage through the 80-12 months-old’s new Get Back again tour in the US.

Nonetheless, there was no finding away from the truth that most in attendance would not get the possibility to see McCartney perform once again – and that built the night time far more exclusive.

The NME reported he had thrown “absolutely everything he has – which is declaring one thing for an real Beatle – at Glastonbury 2022, sounding like a guy who, frankly, is familiar with he may not do this again”.