One of the highlights this year was the appearance of Paul McCartney. And the ex-Beatle had plenty of surprises to offer.

For the first time since the beginning of the corona pandemic, tens of thousands of music fans celebrated their stars at the famous Glastonbury Festival in England, this time including pop singer Billie Eilish and rapper Stormzy.

One of the highlights of the long weekend was a several-hour performance by ex-Beatle Paul McCartney on Saturday night, for which some fans had secured a seat more than 12 hours earlier.

The oldest headliner at 80 surprised his audience not only with a duet made possible thanks to special technology with his bandmate John Lennon, who was murdered in 1980. There were also guest appearances by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and US rock icon Bruce Springsteen at McCartney’s concert a few days after his milestone birthday (June 18).

According to the BBC, so many people gathered in front of the famous Pyramid stage that some said it was the largest Glastonbury crowd since Dolly Parton performed in 2014. The last headliner on Sunday evening should be US rapper Kendrick Lamar. A total of around 200,000 visitors were expected to attend the British festival.

ESC winner Kalush Orchestra there

Despite all the party mood, political topics were omnipresent at the festival, which had to be canceled in the past two years due to the pandemic: The Ukrainian ESC winners Kalush Orchestra were part of the line-up, and at other performances Ukrainian flags were in the audience again and again in protest against the see Russian war of aggression.

The youngest headliner Billie Eilish (20) spoke on Friday of “a black day for women in the United States” after the highest court there overturned the liberal abortion law in the United States. On Saturday, climate activist Greta Thunberg surprisingly appeared on the “Pyramid Stage” and called for more commitment to climate protection. “Don’t let us move an inch closer to the abyss. Because that’s exactly where we are now, »said the 19-year-old.