Paul McCartney to perform secret Glastonbury set on Friday ahead of headline gig

Music legend Sir Paul McCartney it set to treat fans to a secret gig on Friday ahead of his headline performance at Glastonbury ’s pyramid stage on Saturday.

The 80 year old Beatles star first revealed he would be performing a once-in-a-lifetime gig on Thursday, with tickets available on a first-come-first-served basis at the Cheese and Grain venue, for the bargain price of just £25.

Yet within just one hour of opening the doors, the show had sold out, with the set promising to be “an afternoon full of wonderful surprises”

The 800 seat venue is a great deal smaller than the 200,000 attendees expected at Glastonbury, with the show being hosted at a not-for-profit establishment that caters for the local community.

Announcing the news of their star studded gig, Cheese and Grain wrote: “In 24 hours time from now Paul McCartney will be performing live, here in Frome, at the Cheese and Grain.

“What an incredible opportunity to watch Paul warm up for his Glastonbury headlining performance this weekend.”

They then added: “What an amazing treat … we are told this won't be his normal set either so should be an afternoon full of wonderful surprises”.

The small but intimate venue is no stranger to star guests, with it previously have plaid host to household names such as the Foo Fighters, Fatboy Slim and Robert Plant over the years.

Using the gig as a bit of a warm-up prior to his performance on Saturday, Paul is set to make Glastonbury history this weekend as he becomes the oldest solo headline to ever perform at the festival, as he closes the Pyramid Stage on Saturday night.

The Let it Be singer had been scheduled to perform at the festival in 2020 as part of the summer staple’s 50th anniversary, but sadly these plans were derailed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

2022 will mark 18 years since Paul last appeared at the world-famous festival, with his previous performance dating all the way back to 2004.

While fans of the musical idol will be treated to a variety of his greatest hits, and new material, Paul is also scheduled to reunite with his bandmate John Lennon in a virtual duet with the former Beatles member who was sadly shot and killed in 1980.

According to the Daily Mail, a source close to Paul said: “He is tinkering around with the setlist but it looks like he will do a virtual duet with John Lennon.

“There is some footage of Lennon singing I've Got a Feeling, from Let It Be, which Paul puts up on the big screen, and then he turns around and sings to him.

“John's vocal has been isolated in the footage and it is stunning.”

Paul has already experienced success with his virtual duet, after performing some songs with Lennon on recent tour dates in the US.

It is thought that as an avid peace campaigner, he may even perform one of John’s iconic songs while pledging his support to war torn Ukraine.

The insider told the Daily Mail: “He has been doing that on recent dates in America and it is likely that he will bring that to Glastonbury.

“Paul may well be moved to add Give Peace A Chance to his set list, and that he will run onto the stage for his encore carrying the Ukrainian flag.”


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