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Glastonbury 2022 latest news: Kendrick Lamar and Pet Shop Boys clash in closing Sunday sets

Kendrick Lamar performs at Glastonbury

The final day at Glastonbury ended with a jaw-dropping performance by American rapper Kendrick Lamar.

Over the course of five days, fans danced to performances by top artists such as Paul McCartney, Little Simz, Pet Shop Boys, Sam Fender, and Billie Eilish.

On the last day of the festival, George Ezra turned up at the John Peel stage in what was possibly the worst-kept secret set in Glastonbury history, while jazz-fusion legend Herbie Hencock delighted crowds relaxing at the Pyramid stage with a virtuosic performance.

At 4 pm, it was time for Diana Ross on the Legends Slot, drawing what has to have been one of the biggest audiences this teatime show has ever seen. The Supremes icon wheeled out all the show-stoppers, from “I’m Coming Out” to “You Can’t Hurry Love”, “Chain Reaction” and “Upside Down”. Unfortunately, some people couldn’t help but grumble about her singing (seriously), prompting many to come out in her defence.

Then we had sets from Elbow, Megan Thee Stallion, McFly, US artist Lorde, DakhaBrakha, Burna Boy, Olivia Rodrigo, and Kacey Musgraves.

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All the celebrities that were spotted at Worthy Farm over the weekend

Many celebrities such as Jonathan Bailey, Kit Harington, and Dakota Johnson were spotted enjoying the Glastonbury festival over the weekend.

Other celebrities who were present with their friends and family are Christian Horner and Gerri Halliwell, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Sienna Miller, Laura Whitmore, Bonnie Wright, Cara Delevingne, Kate Moss, and Stormzy.

The ex-Liverpool and England footballer Jamie Carragher was also spotted with his friends.

Zoe Ball, Martin Roberts, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Princess Eugenie, Cate Blanchett, and Lily James also attended.

Peony Hirwani27 June 2022 06:10


Will Glastonbury be back in 2023?

The festival’s boss Michael Eavis has said that all three headliners have already been booked for next year. Names, however, are yet to be revealed.

While official dates have not yet been announced, the festival traditionally takes place in the last couple of weeks of June. We will update the readers when the dates are made official.

Below is everything you need to know about the 2023 festival.

Peony Hirwani27 June 2022 05:50


Megan Thee Stallion calls out US Supreme Court at Glastonbury

ICYMI: A few days after the Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade, allowing states to outlaw abortion, Megan Thee Stallion spoke out against the decision while performing at the Glastonbury Festival.

The 27-year-old rapper called out her home state while onstage during her set on Saturday (25 June) night.

“Texas [is] really embarrassing me right now,” she said. “I wanna have it on the record, that the hot boys and hot girls do not support this bulls*** that y’all campaigning for.”

The rapper then urged the crowd to chant: “My body, my motherf***ing choice.”

Peony Hirwani27 June 2022 05:30


Done and dusted (almost)!

And that’s that! There you have it people, Glastonbury 2022 is over… (officially at least; unofficially, the after-party is probably still raging at Worthy Farm).

As Roisin O’Connor writes: “The glorious and long-awaited return to Worthy Farm proved to be one of the most colourful, eclectic and apparently crime-free events we’d ever seen.”

See our round-up of unmissable moments frm this year’s festival below…

Annabel Nugent27 June 2022 04:30


What an end to Glastonbury 2022

It’s hard to imagine a more powerful conclusion to Glastonbury 2022 than Kendrick Lamar’s statement in support of women’s rights in the wake of the Roe v Wade ruling.

It’s safe to say chills were felt across Worthy Farm.

Annabel Nugent27 June 2022 04:00


Olivia Rodrigo – Saturday review

She may not have been a headliner, but Olivia Rodrigo delivered one of the festival’s most iridescent and blistering performances on Saturday afternoon.

Anyone who tells you that this year’s Glastonbury is trapped in the 1970s clearly hasn’t been to Olivia Rodrigo’s show, where the highest concentration of screaming teenage girls outside of TikTok can be found.

Warm afternoon sunlight gleaming off her knee-high DMs, mirror-mosaic piano, and purple electro-acoustic guitar, this is one of the most iridescent – and sweetest – shows of Saturday at Worthy Farm.

Although she’s best known for her grungy hit “good 4 u”, Rodrigo has a back catalogue full of ballads about heartbreak. Today her performance includes “happier”, “hope ur ok”, and a song she says is from her childhood acting career, “all i want”, She breaks out her breakthrough, “drivers license”, early on.

A surprise cover of Avril Lavigne’s 2003 grunge hit “Complicated” comes next, during which Rodrigo kicks her heels up on the piano. This alone would have been enough to leave this doe-eyed crowd charmed. But then Rodrigo announces that she’s going to bring out a special guest. At first, it sounds like the words “Billie Eilish” have left her lips. And it would make sense – the Pyramid Stage headliner played the night before. But it turns out it’s just her accent – because it’s Lily Allen who takes the stage, and sets the scene for one big festival moment.

“Yesterday, the Supreme Court decided to overturn the law permitting safe abortion,” says Rodrigo. “I’m devastated and terrified and so many women and girls are going to die because of this.

“I’m going to dedicate this song to the Supreme Court justices. I hate you.”

Allen, dressed in monochrome with a Chanel hair clip, looks a little shy, a little deliriously happy, as she duets with an exuberant Rodrigo. “deja vu” follows, and for a moment it feels as though Rodrigo’s not going to drop her biggest hit. But she belts out “good 4 u” into her purple microphone, with plenty of backing from a crowd who sound louder than ever. Yes, it might be true that Paul McCartney’s playing later – but for now the zoomers are taking the wheel.

Ben Bryant27 June 2022 03:30


Paul McCartney Saturday headliner – review

Following on from Billie Eilish’s stellar set on Friday, Paul McCartney had big shoes to fill come Saturday.

The Beatles legend managed to do just that, though, with just a little help from his friends Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen.

“Like any communal dig through a crate of unlimited treasures, the show takes turns into fond reminiscence. McCartney recalls making the debut Beatles demo – the country tumble “In Spite of All the Danger”, played beautifully – for a pound each then having to buy it back from their old bassist who made “a considerable profit”. The tale flows naturally into a reverent “Love Me Do”, then an emotion-wracked “Here Today”, his undelivered open letter to John Lennon.

Once the big showstoppers start coming, they don’t stop. “Lady Madonna” on a Pepperesque piano. “Something” expanding from his solo ukulele rendition into full majestic flow. “Get Back” accompanied by archive visuals specially compiled by Jackson. All of McCartney’s bits from the Abbey Road medley scattered across the set. You might query the inclusion of “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”, but for the Mike-wide skank the breadth of the field.”

Mark Beaumont27 June 2022 03:00


Billie Eilish – five-star review

On Friday, Billie Eilish became the youngest ever solo headliner at Glastonbury. The 20-year-old certainly lived up to expectations – even though, the much-rumoured Harry Styles cameo never came to fruition…

Welcome to the red room. With flames bursting like panic attacks and lasers slashing across the sky, Billie Eilish bounces down a huge ramp lit blood-crimson, and sets about inhabiting a Pyramid-sized metaphor for her internal turmoil.

“Are you ready to have some fun?” she asks, between songs about suicide (muted, tribal opener “bury a friend”) and obsession (spook-disco track “my strange addiction”). Yet she’s soon asking us to scream at “whatever’s p***ing you off” during a compulsive rendition of “you should see me in a crown”. What we should really prepare for is 90 minutes of noir-pop catharsis.

In its way, Eilish’s headline set is just as significant as Jay-Z’s or Stormzy’s. Not because she’s the festival’s youngest ever bill-topper, although it certainly lifts the roof off every bedroom Tik-Tokker’s teenage dreams of glory. But because it marks the ascendence of alternative pop: a home-made, personalised imitation of the mainstream that speaks far closer to the actual teenage experience of 2022. Certainly more than any amount of ultraconfident, oversexualised break-up bird-flips written by long-in-the-tooth Swedish production teams. Alternative pop tones are dark and downbeat, its emotions raw and broken, its concerns doom-laden. Fame is wrought with insecurities, sex is regretful and drugs, when any are mentioned, are generally prescribed for anxiety.

True to form, there’s plenty of angst and insecurity running through Eilish’s set, from the crepuscular mambo of “GOLDWING” to superb nocturnal groover “Therefore I Am”. Midway through, she mourns the overturning of Roe vs Wade (“a dark day for women in the US”) ahead of an acoustic duet with her songwriting brother Finneas on “Your Power”. Ahead of “everything I wanted”, a track about the hassles of fame, she references climate anxiety, the subject of her new film Overheated and the theme of her recent six-night run at the O2.

But while stylistic forebears such as Frank Ocean and The xx have delivered subdued, glowering festival headline shows building to one dramatic crescendo, Eilish skilfully conducts a deeper and more dynamic experience. Blessed with a debut album of dank pop bangers and a richer, more introspective follow-up – last year’s Happier Than Ever – she skips easily between starting visceral pity parties with “bellyache” and a fantastic “bad guy”, charming us with her childhood home videos on “Getting Older”, and pausing the show for a self-help therapy session.

The much rumoured guest appearance from Harry Styles doesn’t happen, but it probably would have been overshadowed by the all-out rock’n’roll climax of “Happier Than Ever”. Alternative pop has arrived, with an almighty bang.

Mark Beaumont27 June 2022 02:30


DakhaBrakha – review

Ukrainian band DakhaBrakha started life as a theatre project, rooted in an avant-garde scene that was burgeoning in Kyiv until Putin’s war put it on indefinite pause. For years, the band have served as representatives of their nation’s music and culture, typically ending shows chanting: “Stop Putin! No war!” Today, they’ve brought their anti-war message to the world’s biggest festival, in triumphant and defiant form.

Visually striking, they step out on to the Pyramid Stage, resplendent in towering black lamb’s wool hats, crimson beads and other finery. The crowd – themselves festooned in yellow and blue facepaint, floral headdresses and Ukrainian flags – cheer back at them.

Despite their traditional folk heritage, DhakaBrakha are as contemporary as they come. The whole experience is a riotous explosion of colour; hypnotic harmonies blend seamlessly with African rhythms and heavy percussive bass lines. Never losing sight of their political message, the band show footage of the destruction Russia’s war has wreaked on their homeland during the performance. As they reach their exhilarating climax, the words “Arm Ukraine now” shine out behind them. A reminder for us all of the unifying power of this festival.

Today, on the Pyramid stage DhakaBrakha did exactly that.

Serena Kutchinsky27 June 2022 02:00


Sports Team – review

Sports Team, playing the 12.15pm slot at the John Peel Stage, draw in a huge crowd, their post-punk giving CPR to those (the band included) who were down at Block9 and Shangri-la till the early hours. It’s a set full of energy, as is typically, with frontman Alex Rice a ball of charisma. Their new album is out in August. Expect big things.

Patrick Smith27 June 2022 01:30


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