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Rick Astley

Rick Astley
Main Stage Saturday, 13 July
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Even in the ultra-competitive field of standout Glastonbury debut sets, Rick Astley’s first ever show on the Pyramid Stage was something else. After the epic march of the Star Wars theme got the show underway, the puckishly boyish 57-year-old bounded on stage with an impish charisma that complemented the seasoned soul of his voice. The crowd-pleasers came thick-and-fast: the ‘80s classics Together Forever and Whenever You Need Somebody, fan favourites from his chart-topping 2016 album 50, and typically classy covers of Harry Styles’ As It Was and AC/DC’s Highway To Hell (with Rick doubling up on drums). By the time he brought the house down with - what else? - Never Gonna Give You Up - the modest Saturday lunchtime slot had become an unofficial second legend slot and the talk of the nation.