Glastonbury: Lionel Richie draws festival's biggest crowd

Lionel Richie has drawn the biggest crowd of this year's Glastonbury Festival, with at least 100,000 people estimated to have watched the singer. The Pyramid Stage field was packed to see the star play hits like Dancing on the Ceiling, Hello and Say You Say Me. The event then closed with rock legends The Who performing their hits on the Pyramid Stage as part of a world tour that has been billed as their last. Paul Weller and Patti Smith also played and the Dalai Lama visited the site. The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader was introduced on the main stage by Patti Smith after earlier delivering a speech in the Peace Garden. The 177,000 festivalgoers are now making their way home from the Somerset site. Richie's performance in the festival's traditional Sunday afternoon "legend" slot will be remembered as one of this year's highlights. Organisers suggested the field could have been near its 120,000 capacity when he played. His set included hits like All Night Long, We Are The World, Easy and Three Times A Lady. Fans chanted the star's name and the security guards in front of the stage had even learned a dance that they performed when he played Dancing on the Ceiling. After that song, Richie looked disbelievingly at the size of the crowd and repeated: "What the hell is going on?" Richie was following in the footsteps of stars like Dolly Parton, Tom Jones and Neil Diamond, who have taken the Sunday afternoon slot in the past. At the end of the night, The Who brought the festival to a close with a greatest hits set that included rock classics like Pinball Wizard, Baba O'Riley and Won't Get Fooled Again. They also took a dig at Kanye West's claim, made during his Saturday headline slot, to be the world's greatest rock star. The band's Glastonbury appearance was part of a world tour to mark their 50th anniversary, which singer Roger Daltrey has described as "the beginning of the long goodbye". Elsewhere at the festival, dance favourites The Chemical Brothers ended proceedings on a high on the Other Stage, while there were also appearances by US singer-songwriter Ryan Adams, art-pop auteur FKA Twigs and FFS - a group made from merging Franz Ferdinand and Sparks.
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