Noel Gallagher leads performers on day four of Glastonbury ahead of Paul McCartney show


‘There’s no corporate tie in!’ Noel Gallagher hails Glastonbury as ‘the only festival of the arts in the world’ as he returns to Worthy Farm to perform for the FOURTH time

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Noel Gallagher has hailed Glastonbury as ‘the only festival of the arts in the world’ as he took to the stage with his band High Flying Birds at Worthy Farm on Saturday.

Speaking ahead of performing at the festival for the fifth time, the former Oasis star revealed he enjoys the event because it doesn’t have a ‘corporate tie-in’ having performed at an array of festivals during his career.

Noel’s performance comes as fans at the festival counted down the hours until Paul McCartney‘s headline show, with the 80-year-old Beatle set to become the oldest star in history to grace the iconic Pyramid Stage.

Statement: Noel Gallagher has hailed Glastonbury as 'the only festival of the arts in the world' as he took to the stage with his band High Flying Birds at Worthy Farm on Saturday

Statement: Noel Gallagher has hailed Glastonbury as ‘the only festival of the arts in the world’ as he took to the stage with his band High Flying Birds at Worthy Farm on Saturday

Noel chatted to Dermot O’Leary on his BBC Radio 2 show ahead of taking to the Glastonbury stage for the fourth time, with the singer asked why he keeps coming back to the annual event.

He said: ‘It is the only festival in the world, in the truest sense of the word, I’ve done them all, they’re all big gigs in fields, sponsored by tech companies. This is the only one where it’s a festival of the arts. 

‘You can watch a film, see a comedian, you can go to a knitting circle. I’m telling you, I’ve done them all and some of them have their own merits, but this is the one that stands out in the entire world. It’s an amazing thing and it’s one of the great things about this country.’

Grand return: Speaking ahead of performing at the festival for the fifth time, the former Oasis star revealed he enjoys the event because it doesn't have a 'corporate tie-in' having performed at an array of festivals during his career

Grand return: Speaking ahead of performing at the festival for the fifth time, the former Oasis star revealed he enjoys the event because it doesn’t have a ‘corporate tie-in’ having performed at an array of festivals during his career

Passionate: Noel said: 'It is the only festival in the world, in the truest sense of the word, I've done them all, they're all big gigs in fields, sponsored by tech companies. This is the only one where it's a festival of the arts'

Passionate: Noel said: ‘It is the only festival in the world, in the truest sense of the word, I’ve done them all, they’re all big gigs in fields, sponsored by tech companies. This is the only one where it’s a festival of the arts’

‘I come here more often than I play here, I’ve played here five times but I come every year, it affects your experience when you come to hang out because you’re not being handed flyers being trying to sold insurance.

‘You bump into the locals here, you know, you bump into the locals here, a fella with a sailor’s hat on and a woman carrying a picture of a pet that died 30 years ago saying, ‘Ooh this is my little ruffy boy, he died this time last year,’ and you’re like, ”Ok, do you know where the John Peel tent is?”.’

Noel also revealed that this is the first time his daughter Anais would be attending the festival, and advised her see ‘one thing in the day and one thing in the night, and just wander around.’

Passionate: 'I come here more often than I play here, I've played here five times but I come every year, it affects your experience when you come to hang out because you're not being handed flyers being trying to sold insurance,' Noel added

Passionate: ‘I come here more often than I play here, I’ve played here five times but I come every year, it affects your experience when you come to hang out because you’re not being handed flyers being trying to sold insurance,’ Noel added

While this is Noel’s fourth show at Glastonbury, it will mark the first time he takes to the stage with his band Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. 

He first took to the stage at the festival alongside brother Liam, 49, with Oasis back in 1994, before headlining the following year, and later returning in 2004.

Elsewhere during the festival, Olivia Rodrigo ensured all eyes were on her as she took to The Other Stage to perform on in a purple, black and gold mini skirt and a lavender and white bra top.

Also performing at the event was fellow singer Celeste, 28, who wore a long white dress with a plunging neckline and matching gloves, while Haim’s lead vocalist, Danielle Haim, 33, wore an edgy ensemble consisting of a skimpy black bra top and some matching leather trousers. 

All stars: Olivia Rodrigo, 19, ensured all eyes were on her as she took to the stage in a checked mini skirt to perform on day four of Glastonbury on Saturday

She was joined by fellow singer Celeste, 28, who wore a long white dress with a plunging neckline and matching gloves

Haim's lead vocalist, Danielle Haim, 33, wore an edgy ensemble consisting of a skimpy black bra top and some matching leather trousers

All stars: Elsewhere during the festival, Olivia Rodrigo, 19, ensured all eyes were on her as she joined stars including Celeste and band Haim on day four of the festival

Driver’s License hitmaker Olivia whipped the crowd into a frenzy as she leapt around the stage, wearing a pair of black fishnet stockings and some chunky-souled leather boots to go with her outfit.

She wore a pair of of half-length detached sleeves in the same material as her skirt and wore lashings of make-up to highlight her pretty facial features.

Pop star Olivia’s top featured a plunging neckline and had wrap around ribbons of material which hung down to her front. 

Born to perform: American singer Olivia, 19, wore a purple, black and gold mini skirt and a lavender and white bra top which left her midriff on show during her gig on the Other Stage

Born to perform: American singer Olivia, 19, wore a purple, black and gold mini skirt and a lavender and white bra top which left her midriff on show during her gig on the Other Stage

Pleasing her audience: Driver's License hitmaker Olivia whipped the crowd into a frenzy as she leapt around the stage, wearing a pair of black fishnet stockings and some chunky-souled leather boots to go with her outfit

The star had a purple microphone to match the same shade in her outfit

Pleasing her audience: Driver’s License hitmaker Olivia whipped the crowd into a frenzy as she leapt around the stage, wearing a pair of black fishnet stockings and some chunky-souled leather boots to go with her outfit

Life in motion: The star could be seen whipping her long brunette hair through the air and smiling as she performed with her band behind her on stage

She could be seen looking out across the crowd at the event

Olivia shouted with her mouth open wide as she expressed her excitement while performing

Life in motion: The star could be seen whipping her long brunette hair through the air and smiling as she performed with her band behind her on stage

Stand-out style: She wore a pair of of half-length detached sleeves in the same material as her skirt and wore lashings of make-up to highlight her pretty facial features

Stand-out style: She wore a pair of of half-length detached sleeves in the same material as her skirt and wore lashings of make-up to highlight her pretty facial features

Her garment featured keyhole detail at the front and she wore a glistening gold statement necklace. 

The star could be seen whipping her long brunette hair through the air and smiling as she performed with her band behind her on stage.

For some songs she sat and played the piano, while for others she perched on top of the instrument to sing to her fans.

Making music: For some songs she sat and played the piano, while for others she perched on top of the instrument to sing to her fans

Making music: For some songs she sat and played the piano, while for others she perched on top of the instrument to sing to her fans

Living the dream: Olivia basked in the sunshine as she stood on stage at Glastonbury which has returned for the first time in three years after the Covid pandemic

Living the dream: Olivia basked in the sunshine as she stood on stage at Glastonbury which has returned for the first time in three years after the Covid pandemic

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