Lionel Richie asks ‘What the hell’s going on’ at incredibly packed Glastonbury set

Soul singer performed crowd-pleasing hits

Lionel Richie drew one of the biggest crowds of Glastonbury 2015 to The Pyramid Stage for his Sunday afternoon Pyramid Stage performance in the ‘legends set’ that drew crowds stretching to the very edges of the arena.

Richie seemed overawed by the size of the crowd, clapping the audience after ‘Say You Say Me’ and asking “What the hell is going on?!” twice following a performance of ‘Dancing On The Ceiling’. At another point, the audience whooped when he enthusiastically downed a drink that looked suspiciously like cranberry juice.

Lionel Richie T-shirts were ubiquitous among the crowd, including those from the official merchandise stall reading “Hello… is it mud you’re looking for?”. Richie himself was moved to comment on the improving weather conditions, “No rain here, just heavy mud”.

Richie performed in the crowd-pleasing set reserved for veteran artists, occupied last year by Dolly Parton and in previous years by Kenny Rogers, Paul Simon and Shirley Bassey.

Taking to the stage at 4pm, the singer performed solo tracks, songs made famous by The Commodores and even a closing ‘We Are The World’, originally released by USA For Africa and co-written by Richie.

Lionel Richie played:

‘Running With The Night’
‘Penny Lover’
‘You Are’
‘Three Times A Lady’
‘Brick House’
‘Stuck On You’
‘Lady (You Bring Me Up)’
‘My Destiny’
‘Say You, Say Me’
‘Dancing On The Ceiling’
‘All Night Long (All Night)’
‘We Are The World’

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