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Not many people can say they’ve been introduced to a crowd of 100,000 by the spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, but Lionel Richie can. And that was just one of the highlights for the legendary singer at the UK’s iconic Glastonbury festival!
An impressive 100,000 people gathered at the Pyramid stage field to see Lionel’s Glastonbury performance – the biggest crowd to gather during the weekend. Lionel was amazed by the vast audience and asked more than once, “What the hell is going on?”
Following rain for much of the day – living up to Glastonbury’s ‘fun but muddy’ reputation – the sun came out during the 66-year-old’s performance, which included “Hello” and “Say You, Say Me.”
Lionel also performed Commodores songs including “Three Times a Lady.” The atmosphere was enhanced even more when the security guards surprised everyone by performing a rehearsed dance of their own to the song “Dancing on the Ceiling.”
A week before the performance Lionel had posted a photo on Twitter of him sitting outside a tent with a flag that read, “Hello, is it me you’re looking for?” His fans liked the idea, and similar flags were seen dotted around the crowd during the set.
— Lionel Richie (@LionelRichie) June 21, 2015
The slot of Lionel’s Glastonbury performance is nicknamed ‘the legend slot’ and has previously been occupied by musical greats like Dolly Parton, who wowed crowds there last year.
Other musicians who performed and impressed Glastonbury goers included Pharrell Williams and Florence and the Machine, who replaced the Foo Fighters due to singer Dave Grohl’s broken leg.
Rock legends The Who ended the festival as part of their farewell tour, appealing to another new generation of fans.