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Rick Astley no longer a ‘Glastonbury virgin’ as he plays the Pyramid Stage | Ents & Arts News

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Fans had to wait until the very end to hear Rick Astley’s iconic hit as the singer played Glastonbury for the first time on Saturday.

The 57-year-old’s set included a cover of Harry Styles’ As It Was, while he also showed off his drumming skills on AC/DC’s Highway To Hell.

“I’ve had many dreams in my life. One of my dreams has been to perform at Glastonbury – that dream has come true today,” he told the crowd.

“Maybe even possibly bigger… is for me to play drums to the first record that I learned to play the drums to.”

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Rick Astley performs on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage

Astley held up his mic to the crowd

Astley had opened the afternoon show with another of his 80s hits, Together Forever, and also treated the audience to songs including Whenever You Need Somebody and new track Dippin My Feet.

The mass singalong to his classic Never Gonna Give You Up – which has 1.4 billion YouTube hits and sparked the Rickrolling meme – was left to the last song.

Astley’s Glastonbury is not done however, as indie band Blossoms confirmed he would join them to perform songs by The Smiths.

Saturday’s Pyramid Stage action culminates in headliners Guns N’ Roses, with Lana Del Rey, Fatboy Slim, and Christine And The Queens also performing.

Music fans have been enjoying great weather at this year's Glasto
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Music fans have been enjoying great weather at this year’s Glasto

Highlights on Friday included Foo Fighters whipping the crowd into a frenzy after they were revealed to be mystery band The Churnups, and a headline performance from Arctic Monkeys.

Festival-goers have been enjoying hot, dry conditions so far.

There is a chance of the odd shower tomorrow – but the infamous mudbaths that sometimes hit the Somerset event will thankfully be avoided.



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