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Sting ' stings' media with his tongue at Hay fest gig.

PEOPLE who attended the just- concluded Hay Festival in Thiruvananthapuram, and were privy to what was happening behind the scenes, have dubbed it as the Sting in Two Parts.

Part One is the story the local media went to town with. It was a reunion of sorts for Sting, the English musician with that ageless voice, and Irishman Bob Geldof, former Boomtown Rats front man, when they both sang together at the literary festival that concluded this past weekend. They last performed together 25 years ago for Geldof's charity single, Do They Know It's Christmas? Sting joined Geldof and his bandmates onstage to sing the Irishman's popular song, Everyone's Got A Hole To Fill . Sting later described the performance " as a high point of my life". The second part took place after the official show got over. As expected, the audience went into a tizzy after seeing Sting, and there was a loud demand for an encore. But of course, it was Geldof's show, and it would not seem in good form to hog the limelight, so Sting left the stage after one song.

He stood at the side of the stage with his actress/ producer wife Trudie Styler.

And as excited members of the audience kept peeking at him, he turned his face away, even though Trudie kept on smiling and waving graciously at everyone.

After the show, once everyone had left, Sting walked out with Trudie and a small entourage.

As a handful of mediapersons ran after him, urging him to look at the cameras, smile or give a sound bite, Sting kept on walking without looking back. Once ensconced in his car, he kept his face away from the cameras, and then in a fit of pique stuck his tongue out at a woman reporter, just before his car drew away.

The reporter, who had been waxing eloquent to Sting on how she loved his music, was left shell- shocked by his illtempered gesture. Sting is well- known for being an introvert who fiercely guards his privacy, but this was perhaps taking things a tad too far.

Later Sting and Trudie made their way to the after- party at The Leela Kempinski on Kovalam Beach.

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