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Phoebe Bridgers says f*** the Supreme Court at Glastonbury 2022

Glastonbury Festival 2022 is underway, with music fans from around the world flocking to Worthy Farm in Somerset, England.

This year’s festival is being headlined by Gen-Z pop star Billie Eilish, Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney and US rapper Kendrick Lamar, with Diana Ross taking on the traditional Legends Slot.

On Friday 24 June, McCartney played a pre-festival gig in Somerset tonight, with tickets to the 800 capacity show selling out in under an hour.

Over on The Other Stage, rock band the Libertines opened proceedings after a powerful on-screen speech from Ukraine’s president Zelensky.

Wolf Alice, after worrying fans by announcing their flight from LA had been cancelled, managed to make it to the UK to perform their set on the Pyramid Stage this afternoon.

Among the US contingent, a sense of gloom hovers due to the devastating Roe vs Wade ruling by the Supreme Court. Artists including Phoebe Bridgers and the UK rock band IDLES are among the acts to condemn the decision so far.

Then came the moment we’d been waiting for, Billie Eilish’s history-making set as the youngest-ever artist to headline the Pyramid Stage solo.

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Glastonbury 2022 Saturday reviews: Haim, Glass Animals and Celeste

Roisin O’Connor25 June 2022 19:46


Olivia Rodrigo brings out Lily Allen to sing ‘F*** You’ in response to Supreme Court over Roe vs Wade

In a phenomenal moment at Glastonbury, one for the history books, Olivia Rodrigo has brought out THE Lily Allen (pranking fans that it was Billie Eilish) to sing Allen’s hit “F*** You” in response to the Roe vs Wade overturning and it is going down A STORM.

Roisin O’Connor25 June 2022 19:32


A royal visit to Glastonbury?!

One person – no, not Paul McCartney – has caused a stir among Glasto viewers at home after BBC footage showed a woman in the crowd bearing a striking resemblance to the Queen.

During Friday night’s (24 June) coverage of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’s show, the camera panned over to people in the audience, including one woman in a blue raincoat and sunglasses.

It did not take long for viewers at home to comment on the festival-goer’s appearance:

Roisin O’Connor25 June 2022 19:31


Olivia Rodrigo is smashing it on the Other Stage

Firstly, I’m not sure when the last time was we saw such a huge crowd at the Other Stage…

Secondly, what a set?!! I’m not going to pretend I didn’t have my doubts about Rodrigo’s live show. I think it was the MTV Awards where she just sounded incredibly low on stamina, and it showed in her voice. But look at her now! Belting it out like nobody’s business, including a rowdy cover of Avril Lavigne’s Noughties classic “Complicated”.

Roisin O’Connor25 June 2022 19:24


Haim review – Pyramid Stage

“We’re just going to play you a couple of songs, is that alright?” Alana Haim asks the Pyramid Stage audience.

It’s very alright. Apparently everything good comes in threes: Haim have done Glasto three times before – they know the deal – and now they’re on the Pyramid Stage with three Brits, three Grammys and three albums under their belts.

Known for sun-drenched singles such as last year’s “Summer Girl”, with its noodling saxophone, and the booty call-themed “3am” , the California sisters have experienced an incremental rise that culminated in their career-best, 2021’s Women in Music Pt III.

Much of the appeal of this early-evening set comes from their confidence and onstage chemistry. Recalling how she once passed out mid Glastonbury set, Este is interrupted by a phone call, which cues a “should I call him back?” skit between the band and their audience. They’re entirely at home at the heart of Worthy Farm, and very welcome too. ★★★★★

Megan Graye25 June 2022 19:15


Celeste review – West Holts

Celeste – West Holts

After a heavy night spent watching the sun rise in Block9, listening to Celeste’s silky tones on a Saturday afternoon feels like the ultimate hangover cure. When the 28-year-old arrives on the West Holts stage, her hair spiked into sharp points like a high-fashion Dennis the Menace, she gives off a warmth that emanates throughout the crowd.

It’s hard to tell whether it’s the sudden burst of sun or her voice doing it. She kicks things off with “Ideal Woman”, the opening track from her Mercury Prize-nominated album Not Your Muse. With just a cello accompanying her, it’s a subdued start to the set, but she quickly shows off the real star of the show: her voice.

There’s a richness to Celeste’s vocals that belies her youth. Every song carries the precision of an album recording, but the live band bring new depth to tracks like her drum and bass-inspired hit “Stop This Flame”.

There’s minimal audience interaction (which might be down to nerves) and at times, the set feels a little placid. Still, it’s a tonic the crowd laps up, and “Strange” is a fittingly soulful closer. IL ★★★★☆

Isobel Lewis25 June 2022 19:01


Greta Thunberg calls out ‘forces of greed’ in surprise Glastonbury climate speech

Greta Thunberg calls out ‘forces of greed’ in surprise Glastonbury climate speech

Roisin O’Connor25 June 2022 18:45


Glass Animals review – Other Stage

Glass Animals – Other Stage

“I’m so sorry guys,” says Glass Animals frontman Dave Bayley. “So anticlimactic.” The Oxford four-piece have just bounded onto the stage, only for technical issues to stop them bursting into the heady “Life Itself”.

They leave the stage. Try again. Succeed. It’s a blistering start. Skipping, spinning and gyrating, Bayley is an indefatigable frontman, with a tendency to roll his tongue out lasciviously, as if channeling Gene Simmons. Mixing buttery R’n’B grooves with indie pop, the band has always been a hugely confident live act. But this year they have even more reason to be full of swagger, having conquered the US with their 1.7-billion streamed song “Heat Waves”. Before they drop that, though, we get Bayley standing on the barrier, delivering an especially louche rendition of 2014’s woozy hit “Gooey”.

As “Heat Waves” finishes the set, sparking a mass singalong, the sun comes out. How fitting. ★★★★☆

Patrick Smith25 June 2022 18:37


Summer Girl

‘I’m your summer girl, doo doo, doo doo do do doo’

Roisin O’Connor25 June 2022 18:21


Haim for a secret set?

A lot of mentions for the Rabbit Hole and Avalon… are Haim hinting at a secret set?

Roisin O’Connor25 June 2022 18:10