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Steve Coogan Did Partridge Impression Everyone Wanted After Being Spotted Watching Paul McCartney At Glasto

Jake Massey

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Steve Coogan Did Partridge Impression Everyone Wanted After Being Spotted Watching Paul McCartney At Glasto

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Steve Coogan was among the thousands of fans watching Sir Paul McCartney at Glastonbury – and he gave viewers at home the Alan Partridge impression they all wanted. Check it out here:


The BBC caught up with Coogan at Worthy Farm, where he was among the throngs of fans watching on as former Beatle McCartney made history, becoming the festival's oldest-ever solo headliner.

And just as McCartney is best known for being a Beatle, Coogan is best known for being Partridge, and he did the honourable thing and appeased viewers at home with a little rendition of a line from the much-loved character.

The 56-year-old said: "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'."

He gave the people what they wanted. Credit: BBC
He gave the people what they wanted. Credit: BBC

Coogan himself clearly knows the iconic band slightly better than the Norwich-based disc jockey, and he seemed blown away by Sir Paul's performance.

The actor and comedian was seen getting stuck into 'Hey Jude', describing the experience as 'incredible'.

He said: "I don't know what to say, it's quite overwhelming.

"I don't think there's anyone else in the world who can just give such unadulterated joy to people… very, very privileged to be able to see that."

You can see the original Partridge Beatles reference here:

Coogan was far from alone in his thoughts about the performance, which has seen 80-year-old McCartney showered with praise.

The Guardian's review gave Sir Paul four stars out of five, with The Telegraph honouring him with a full house of five out of five and suggesting Glastonbury may have to be renamed 'Maccabury'.

The newspaper praised the musician for delivering 'one of the most thrilling, uplifting, banger-filled, star-studded sets this 50-plus-year-old festival had ever seen'.

The performance paid homage to those near and dear to the Beatle, with Sir Paul dedicating a song to his wife of more than a decade, Nancy, and to former bandmate John Lennon, who was killed in 1980.

Using special technology that could isolate Lennon's vocals from old recordings, Sir Paul was able to duet the Beatles' track 'I've Got A Feeling' alongside his former bandmate on the Pyramid Stage as part of the encore.

Sir Paul performed Beatles and Wings songs in a set lasting more than two hours, and he was joined on stage by surprise guests – Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen.

Topics: Music, Glastonbury

Jake Massey
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