Glastonbury Festival 2021: Paul McCartney labels event a coronavirus ‘superspreader’

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Paul McCartney has labelled Glastonbury Festival a coronavirus “superspreader” and has revealed he doesn’t expect a potential 2021 event to be “in his diary”.

The former Beatle, 78, was due to headline the world-famous event in 2020 before it was cancelled.

Glastonbury Festival 2021 is still currently going ahead as planned, despite the “huge uncertainty” surrounding live music amid the coronavirus pandemic, festival organiser Emily Eavis recently said.

But speaking to BBC Radio 4 today (December 18), Mr McCartney said: “This is the problem, the thing we do, is we get 100,000 people closely packed together with flags and no masks – talk about a superspreader.

“So that’s [Glastonbury] going to be difficult as to how you do that.

“I’d love it to be in my diary but I have a feeling it’s not going to be.”

Emily Eavis has said recently that she and her staff are “doing everything we can on our end to plan and prepare” for a full show, but added that “we’re still quite a long way from being able to say we’re confident 2021 will go ahead”.

This comes amid “so many unknowns and factors which are completely out of our control”, she told the BBC.

She said: “What we definitely can’t afford to risk is getting too far into the process of next year, only for it to be snatched away from us again.

“We lost millions this year, and we can’t risk that happening again.”

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McCartney was set to be oldest Pyramid Stage headliner ever

Paul McCartney was set to become the oldest performer to headline Glastonbury Festival by some distance if he had topped the bill in June 2020.

The former Beatle would have stepped onto the Pyramid Stage a week after his 78th birthday to wow the crowds at Worthy Farm.

He would have taken the “oldest headliner” crown from Charlie Watts, the Rolling Stones drummer, who was 72 when he performed with the band in 2013.

The next oldest frontman after McCartney would have been The Who lead singer Roger Daltry, who was 71 when he rocked the Pyramid Stage in 2015.

Other notable oldies to have headlined the main stage are The Who’s Pete Townshend (70), the other three members of the Rolling Stones (66, 69, 69), Neil Young (63), The Cure’s Robert Smith (60), and Stevie Wonder (60).

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But McCartney would have been the oldest of them all if he had headlined Glastonbury on the Saturday evening of the 2020 festival.



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