Steve Coogan quotes famous Alan Partridge Beatles line as he watches Paul McCartney at Glastonbury

Steve Coogan has quoted Alan Partridge‘s famous Beatles line from his TV series while watching Paul McCartney at Glastonbury.

The music legend headlined the second night of the festival over the weekend, which saw him duet with Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen, as well as a virtual John Lennon.

The BBC was in the crowd and managed to catch up with Coogan, who referenced a line in I’m Alan Partridge where the character is asked about his favourite Beatles album.


“Alan Partridge was asked, ‘What’s your favourite Beatles album?’ And he said, ‘Errr, that’s a tough question… I think I would have to say ‘The Best of the Beatles’,” Coogan quipped.

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The scene in the series also saw Partridge say a memorable line declaring that McCartney’s group Wings “were only the band The Beatles could have been”.

During his BBC interview, Coogan went on to argue: “The Rolling Stones have only ever written about eight brilliant songs, whereas The Beatles have done about 50.”

After McCartney finished his set, the actor was asked for his snap verdict, admitting: “I don’t know what to say, it’s quite overwhelming. I don’t think there’s anyone else in the world who can give such unadulterated joy to people. Very, very privileged to be able to see that.”

Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Glastonbury 2022
Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen at Glastonbury 2022 CREDIT: Harry Durrant/Getty Images

In NME‘s five-star review of McCartney’s set, we said: “Sir Paul McCartney takes no chances with his second-ever Pyramid Stage headline slot, one week after he marked his 80th trip around the sun.

“People talk about ‘Glastonbury moments’: Macca’s joy bonanza of a set is packed with at least – at least – half a dozen of them, including the audience spontaneously singing him ‘Happy Birthday’ and later taking over the universal ‘Hey Jude’ refrain. ‘I love that sound,’ Paul beams. After all those years, you’re left with little doubt that he really does.”

The 2022 festival also saw headline sets from Billie Eilish and Kendrick Lamar, with Diana Ross playing the Sunday Legends slot. Many artists also spoke out against the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade over the course of the weekend, including Eilish, Phoebe Bridgers, Olivia Rodrigo and Lorde.

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Jarvis Cocker speaks out against Roe v. Wade at Glastonbury 2022

Jarvis Cocker expressed his outrage at the Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade during his Glastonbury set today (June 26).

Ahead of playing ‘Cunts Are Still Running the World’, the former Pulp frontman told the crowd that he and his JARV IS band had decided to change the lyrics.

“You might recognise thing song,” he said. “We keep trying to stop playing this song and then things happen in the world and we have to keep playing it. But we changed the words the other day because they wouldn’t allow it to be on telly.


He continued: “It seems appropriate to sing this song, and especially with this lyric change. Usually it’s c-words are still running the world. Today we’re changing it to pricks are still running the world.

“We’re singing it over the Atlantic Ocean because a certain judgement has been made, mainly by men, telling women what they can and can’t do with their bodies so this is going to those guys.”

Cocker and his band played the Park Stage this evening ahead of Courtney Barnett. Earlier, Jack White played a secret set on the same stage.

In a four-star review, NME‘s Alex Flood called the JARV IS performance a “forward-looking set”. He added on the change of lyrics: “The comments spark huge cheers from the crowd, who only get louder as Cocker conducts them through a raucous singalong of the catchy chorus. It’s a fitting way to stick a finger up to the misogynists – and proves you don’t always have to shut up and play the hits.”


Elsewhere, around the same time, Lorde gave an impassioned speech about Roe v. Wade being overturned during her Pyramid Stage set.

At the end of ‘Secrets From A Girl (Who’s Seen It All)’, she said: “The temperature is unbearable until you face it. You wanna know a secret, girls? Your bodies were destined to be controlled and objectified since before you were born. That horror is your birthright.”

As the song ended, she concluded: “Fuck the Supreme Court.”

Multiple musicians have referenced the ruling during their Glastonbury sets, including Kendrick Lamar, Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo and Phoebe Bridgers.

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Paul McCartney duets virtually with John Lennon for Glastonbury headline set

Paul McCartney duetted virtually with John Lennon during tonight’s Glastonbury headline set (June 25).

Following the surprise arrival of Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen during his set on the Pyramid stage, he linked up with former Beatles bandmate, the late Lennon during ‘I’ve Got A Feeling’.

Speaking to the crowd, McCartney revealed that the idea came from Peter Jackson, the director of the recent extensive documentary Get Back, which was based on the studio sessions for the band’s final album ‘Let It Be’.


Check out previous footage below of the collaboration previously shot in Washington State.

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The pair traded verses in the song, with Jackson having isolated Lennon’s vocal for the team-up. McCartney first debuted the collaboration with his former co-songwriter on his recent US tour.

“I’ve got a special little thing here,” he said introducing that track. “One day, Peter Jackson rings me up and says he can take John’s vocals and isolate them so that you can play live with Kohn on tour. He said do you fancy that?”

“That’s so special for me man,” McCartney said following the collaboration. “I know it’s virtual but come on – it’s John. We’re back together.”

Earlier the show, Grohl joined The Beatle having flown all the way especially from the US for the show: the pair played ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ and ’Band On The Run’, while Springsteen covered The Boss 1984’s single ‘Glory Days’ and an early Beatles single, ‘I Wanna Be Your Man.’


Check back to NME for the full review of Paul McCartney’s headline set imminently.

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Greta Thunberg speaks at Glastonbury 2022: “This is not the new normal”

Environmental activist Greta Thunberg has appeared on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage this afternoon (June 25) addressing the urgency of the climate change emergency.

Taking to the stage ahead of Haim’s slot on the main stage, Thunberg was introduced by festival organiser Emily Eavis as “the most inspiring speaker of this generation”. With paper notes to hand, she spoke for roughly ten minutes on a range of sustainability issues, critiquing Governmental ‘greenwashing’.

GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND – JUNE 25: Greta Thunberg speaks on the Pyramid stage during day four of Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 25, 2022 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

“The biosphere is not just changing, it is destabilising, breaking down… unfortunately, this is not the ‘new normal’. It will get worse until we manage to halt the constant destruction of our life-supporting systems, until we prioritise people and planet over profit and greed.”

To enormous applause, she emphasised the importance of collectivity: “If a bunch of schoolkids were able to get millions of people on the streets to start changing their lives, just imagine what we could do together if we really tried?”

To close, Thunberg embraced the spirit of her first Glastonbury, leading her very own rockstar chant; “when I say climate, you say justice!”

Before her set, big screens implored Glastonbury goers to reuse, reduce and recycle, as well as showing promotional footage from Greenpeace, Oxfam and CND, all prominent sponsors of the event.

Thunberg’s speech reiterates the themes of both her 2019 collaboration with The 1975, and her forthcoming book, The Climate Book, which will include 100 interviews from trusted scientists, communicators and activists from around the world. It is due to be published by Allen Lane on October 27.


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Beabadoobee tells us about her new album ‘Beatopia’ at Glastonbury 2022

Beabadoobee has told NME about her upcoming second album ‘Beatopia’ during a backstage interview at Glastonbury 2022.

The returning Dirty Hit-signed artist made her debut appearance at the Worthy Farm festival earlier today (June 25), playing on the John Peel Stage.

“It was much more of a physical thing when I was seven,” she explained of the “dream world” behind ‘Beatopia’, which she invented in 2007. “I thought I could literally be in this world – I think it was just a way of escaping everything that was happening in life at that time, and then I forgot about it because shit happened. Then I just realised that I could finally accept it now and I could make a whole album about it and find myself within it.”


The record, which will be released on July 15, is less about escapism, however, and more about “tackling things that you pushed under the rug for ages”.

“It’s very liberating,” the musician commented on being able to process those life events in her songs. “When you write songs [about them] it’s a positive outcome, especially when you’re writing about something that wasn’t necessarily positive.”

Beabadoobee CREDIT: Parri Thomas

Among the tracklist – which includes the previously released ‘Talk’, ‘Lovesong’, ‘10:36’ and ‘See You Soon’ – is a collaboration with PinkPantheress called ‘Tinkerbell Is Overrated’. “She’s just my mate,” Beabadoobee explained of the team-up. “We’re in the same scene and around the same age. It just kind of happened, we were just in the studio together – I had the song already and she just jumped on it.”

Yesterday saw the first main day of music at Glastonbury 2022, with a Pyramid Stage headline set from Billie EilishFoals closing out The Other Stagean opening set from The Libertines, and performances from the likes of Phoebe BridgersLittle SimzSugababesWet LegSt VincentIDLESSam FenderYard ActSleaford Mods and many more.

After an intimate warm-up gig in FromePaul McCartney will close the Pyramid Stage tonight after a day that will see performances from Noel GallagherHAIMMegan Thee StallionJamie T, YungbludThe AvalanchesBurna BoyJessie Ware and many more. Find the full line-up and set times here.


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