Glastonbury 2015: Lionel Richie embraces Glastonbury 2015’s legend slot

Lionel Richie embraces Glastonbury 2015’s legend slot

All-out entertainment is on the agenda, and Richie gets a hero’s welcome.

Glastonbury’s ‘legend’ slot has fast become almost as much of a big deal as the headline bookings. Last year, Dolly Parton charmed hundreds of thousands. And today it’s all about Lionel Richie and his slap bass-centric, funk-obsessed showcase.

Richie’s smile never ceases for a single second. Embracing the legendary slot with zero hesitation, he brings a crowd that’s equal to - if not bigger than - Dolly’s Sunday set from last year. Incorporating Commodores songs with solo triumphs and a U.S.A. for Africa cover of ‘We Are The World’, this is entertainment in its purest form. It peaks when security guards front of stage start a coordinated dance.

The best is saved until list, with ‘Hello’ segueing into ‘All Night Long (All Night)’ resulting in the most ecstatic reaction the Pyramid Stage will see all weekend - even more than Kanye’s crane moment. Tears were shed earlier in the day when the Dalai Lama joined Patti Smith for some wise words, but Richie isn’t far-off similarly emotional moments, ‘Three Times a Lady’ and ‘Angel’ standing out as his more bittersweet highs. Whoever lands the same slot next year will have an awful lot to live up to.

Lionel Richie embraces Glastonbury 2015’s legend slot
Lionel Richie embraces Glastonbury 2015’s legend slot
Lionel Richie embraces Glastonbury 2015’s legend slot
Lionel Richie embraces Glastonbury 2015’s legend slot
Lionel Richie embraces Glastonbury 2015’s legend slot
Lionel Richie embraces Glastonbury 2015’s legend slot
Lionel Richie embraces Glastonbury 2015’s legend slot
Lionel Richie embraces Glastonbury 2015’s legend slot
Lionel Richie embraces Glastonbury 2015’s legend slot
Lionel Richie embraces Glastonbury 2015’s legend slot
Lionel Richie embraces Glastonbury 2015’s legend slot
Lionel Richie embraces Glastonbury 2015’s legend slot

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