The Glastonbury crowd chanted the slogan “We Love You Michael We Do” for the festival’s founder.


Crowds in Glastonbury chanted “We love you, Michael, we do” around the Williams Green Stage as festival founder Michael Aves played with his band in front of a packed audience.

Eves, 86, sang and danced on Thursday evening as he sang from a music stand with the backing of six people, such as UR Always on My Mind and Frank Sinatra’s My Way.

Evis thanked the crowd and left the stage with a round of applause before boarding the Land Rover, and more cheers echoed as he walked down the street outside the venue.

Crowds watch Glastonbury founder Michael Eves perform with his band at William’s Green Tent during the Glastonbury Festival at Worth Farm in Somerset (Yui Mok / PA) / PA wire

His performance came amid a warning from the Glastonbury Festival to avoid the Williams Green Stage where he was performing for “a few hours” because it was “too busy”.

On Thursday, it was announced that Sir Paul McCartney would be warmly preparing for the festival at Worth Farm with a performance at Somerset Music the night before his Glastonbury title.

Surprise Gig, starring the 80-year-old former Beetle, sold “first come, first served” tickets in less than an hour.

Froome, a cheese and grain entertainment venue in Somerset, will host Sir Paul from 5pm on Friday.

On his website, he said: “From now on, in 24 hours, Paul McCartney will be performing live in the forum, in cheese and cereal.

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

“What an amazing treat; we’re told it won’t be his usual set, just as it should be an afternoon full of amazing surprises.”

Exactly one week after celebrating his 80th birthday, when Sir Paul takes to the stage this weekend, he will become the oldest ever solo headliner at the Glastonbury Festival.

The festival will return as the Saturday night headliner with the former Beetle, which topped the Pyramid Stage Bill for the second time since its 2004 performance.

This year’s musical offering also includes headliners Billy Elish and Kendrick Lamar, with Diana Ross filling the place of Sunday Tea Legends.

On Thursday, Glastonbury co-organizer Emily Evis thanked the festival attendees for attending the event, saying she thought “the best people in the world come here.”

The 42-year-old was speaking on the day the festival opened its doors for the first time in three years after being canceled twice during the corona virus epidemic.

“We offered a refund, but very few people picked us up,” Aves told the Glastonbury Free Press, a newspaper on the fair’s site.

“The commitment that people have made to us is definitely not understood and it meant a lot.

“I really think the best people in the world come here.

The band always says that this audience is the most generous, respectful and ready crowd.

“So I would like to thank all of you who have cooperated with us over the last three years and are stuck.

“And now I just hope you all have a great time.”

Eaves said the cancellation of Glastonbury in 2020 and 2021 was “a very sad and painful thing to go through.”

He added: “Especially when you cancel and you don’t really know when you’ll be back.

“But there is no escape from the epidemic – everyone has been affected to some extent.

“And after all, it’s just a festival; great things were happening in the world. But being able to reopen the gates and reunite people for the purpose of pure happiness is a wonderful thing.

More than 200,000 people are attending this year’s Glastonbury site, which covers about 800 acres (3.2 million square meters) in Paltan, Somerset, according to statistics shared by the festival.

A total of 138,000 tickets were sold and 67,000 staff were sold at Worth Farm, and the venue includes 500 marquees, 100 performance stages and 101 bars, as well as a “secret one”.

The festival raises more than £ 2 million each year for charities for 500 causes.

After talking first about the money lost as a result of the cancellation, he said: “We’ve definitely had some financial struggles.

“She has been very hairy.

“People forget that we are still a free festival.

“The last two years have been a long way for us to recover, but the important thing is that we are back.

“And it feels great to be able to focus on the interesting things again.”

The festival is held at Worth Farm in Somerset (UE Mook / PA). / PA wire

The Meteorological Department has forecast a change in the weather with thunderstorms.

And last-minute changes to the Glastonbury line-up include Rocker Terry Reid’s departure from the Sunday afternoon slot on the Acoustic Stage.

He will be replaced by Glenn Tulbrook, the lead singer and guitarist of the Squish.

Wolf Ellis, who is performing on the Pyramid Stage on Friday, tweeted early Thursday morning that he was stranded in Los Angeles after his flight was canceled.

In a tweet to British Airways, he wrote: “ہےBritish_Airways anyway we have to get to England from LA before we are going to play Glistenbury on Friday afternoon. Our flight has been canceled :(.”

“We’ll see what we can do for you,” the airline said in a statement.

The band also tweeted: “Does anyone have a private jet in LA?” He added: “Our flights have been canceled and we have to go to Glastonbury without joking.”

On Friday, the band was asked on Twitter if they had made it home, and said: “We are now waiting for a flight to Seattle from where we can go directly to ldn.”