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Adele was ‘absolutely panic stricken’ and broke down in tears before headlining Glastonbury


Adele was ‘absolutely panic stricken’ before heading out on stage to headline Glastonbury

Adele was ‘absolutely panic stricken’ before she headed out on stage for her headline slot at Glastonbury in 2016.

The Hello hit-maker was booked as a headliner four years ago and while she oozed confidence out on the Pyramid stage in front of a crowd of thousands, half an hour before her set Adele had reportedly been in tears.

BBC Radio 2 presenter Jo Whiley revealed to The Sun that Adele had been terrified about headlining the iconic festival and her nerves had got the better of her just moments before she was due on stage.

‘She was really scared, really, really scared. We were doing the interview and at one point she had to stop as she was in tears,’ Jo said.

Adele told the DJ that she had been going to Glastonbury since she was a child and the festival had meant a huge dael to her.

‘She was just so stricken with nerves, absolutely panic stricken,’ Jo added.

Adele headlined the iconic festival back in 2016 (Picture: Getty)

‘It was amazing to see somebody like that, then to witness her walking out on stage and doing the most incredible set… to know that half and hour before she’d been in tears at the thought of walking out there.’

During Glastonbury’s 2016 festival, Muse had headlined the Friday night, while Adele followed on the Saturday night and Coldplay closed the festival on Sunday.

The five-day festival is known for bringing in a crowd of around 200,000 to Worthy Farm and Adele declared her performance the ‘best moment of my life’.

Glastonbury 2020 was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic and the festival will now return next year in 2021 (Picture: Getty)

During her set, she told the crowd: ‘I didn’t wanna come on and now I don’t wanna go off. This is surreal. This is the best moment of my life.’

Adele’s legendary headline set can be viewed by Glastonbury fans again this weekend as part of BBC’s The Glastonbury Experience.

Replacing what would have been Glastonbury’s 2020 festival, after its 50th anniversary celebration was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, BBC are airing legendary Glasto performances from over the years for five days straight.

As well as Adele headlining, fans can watch back the likes of Beyonce, Jay-Z, Coldplay, Radiohead, Oasis, Ed Sheeran, David Bowie and Lionel Richie.

Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar and Sir Paul McCartney had been confirmed to perform at Glastonbury this year – it’s not yet known whether they will return when the festival does in 2021.

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