Burt Bacharach, George Ezra soundtrack sunny Glastonbury

Sat Jun 27, 2015 2:44pm EDT
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By Paul Sandle

GLASTONBURY, England (Reuters) - British singer-songwriter George Ezra and Burt Bacharach, a pop legend almost four times his age, entertained huge crowds at the Glastonbury Festival on Saturday.

Ezra's sun-drenched set included hits "Budapest", which he premiered on a smaller set at the festival two years ago, "Blame It On Me", and a cover of Macy Gray's "I Try".

"His voice melts my heart," 24-year-old fan Holly Harvey said after his performance on the Pyramid Stage. The 22-year-old may hail from the English county town of Hertford but his bass-baritone comes from somewhere in the Deep South.

Bacharach initially left the vocals to his singers for a medley of songs that sound-tracked the sixties and seventies, from "I Say a Little Prayer" to "Trains and Boats and Planes" and "I'll Never Fall in Love Again".

The 87-year-old songwriter took to the mic later in his set, before leading the crowd in a mass singalong of "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on my Head" as, right on cue, light drizzle started.

The rain interrupted a day of sunshine at the festival held on a dairy farm in southwest England. The warm weather dried up most of the mud on the site caused by heavy downpours - a perennial feature of the event - on Friday.

Later appearances on the main stage on Saturday include British singer-songwriter Paloma Faith and Pharrell Williams, whose "Happy" was the best selling song of last year on both sides of the Atlantic.

Next up the polarizing figure of the weekend: Saturday headliner Kanye West.   Continued...

George Ezra performs on the Pyramid stage at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival in Britain, June 27, 2015.  REUTERS/Dylan Martinez