Diana Ross performs at Glastonbury
The final day at Glastonbury brings beautiful weather and fantastic live music.
Although Paul McCartney fans are likely still reeling from his jaw-dropping headline set on Saturday night, there’s been plenty for fans to get stuck into already today (Sunday 26 June).
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 4pm, 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.
Still to come we have sets from Elbow, McFly, US artist Lorde, the Pet Shop Boys, and Kendrick Lamar.
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“Shall we dance for our angsty 15-year-old selves tonight?!”
“Shall we dance for our angsty 15-year-old selves tonight?” Lorde asks the crowd before launching into her 2013 smash hit “Ribs”, which, yes, she wrote when she was 15!
Annabel Nugent26 June 2022 19:55
Lorde brings out Arlo Parks and Clairo!
Lorde has brought out Clairo and Arlo Parks for a group performance of “Stoned at the Nail Salon”!
Annabel Nugent26 June 2022 19:46
Lorde delivers the old-school bangers on the Pyramid Stage
Donning a blonde dye-job and pink tights, Lorde is on the Pyramid Stage delivering the crowd-pleasers! Tune into BBC iPlayer now to catch “Buzzcut Season”…
Annabel Nugent26 June 2022 19:41
McFly – three-star review
I know we’re living in an age of nostalgia, but even I (a former superfan) am shocked how big the crowd for McFly’s first Glastonbury set is.
You’ve got to give it to ‘em. Almost two decades since the sort-of-pop, sort-of-emo band burst into the scene with their debut single “Five Colours in Her Hair”, the four-piece have packed out the Avalon stage at Worthy Farm.
Things kick off, surprisingly, with “Red”, giving the band a chance to flex their live guitar skills. More rock-heavy deep cuts follow straight after: “Song for the Radio”, “Lies”. It’s some of their best material, but you can tell the audience is impatient for the hits. I think I might be the only person in a 10-metre radius singing along.
At least the band are self aware. “If you enjoyed that, we’re Mcfly. But if you didn’t enjoy that, we are Busted,” the crowd are told, before a rendition of “Obviously” that perks everyone up no end. A trio of crowd-pleasers follows: “All About You”, “Room on the Third Floor” and the band’s cover of “Don’t Stop Me Now”.
“Star Girl” gets the biggest reception for its eternally juvenile lyric: “There’s nothing on earth that could save us/ When I fell in love with Uranus.” Anything post-2008 falls a little flatter.
In short: a perfect McFly set for me, specifically. Others in the audience were left wanting more.
Isobel Lewis26 June 2022 19:31
Feed your Glastonbury FOMO by checking out some photos from Worthy Farm…
For those of us not at Worthy Farm, here’s some photos from Glastonbury to really rub in the FOMO.
Annabel Nugent26 June 2022 19:30
Diana Ross fans defend her against ‘off-key’ criticism
We’ll die defending our queen!
Annabel Nugent26 June 2022 19:00
McFly’s set is packed to the rafters!
For a Noughties pop lover, there is simply nowhere else to be right now than at the Avalaon Stage for McFly…
Annabel Nugent26 June 2022 18:59
Fontaines DC can’t help but grin as the mosh pit broils up in front of them – five-stars
“My childhood was small, but I’m gonna be big!” These were the words promised on Fontaines DC’s debut album. With a steady build in the last few years and then one gigantic swoop of success following their No 1 album, this year’s Skinty Fia, the band have become just that. And on a hot Sunday afternoon at Glastonbury, the swarm of twitching fans who buzz around the Other Stage only serve to reaffirm it. A true showman, frontman Grian Chatten – wearing his usual Pogues T-shirt – throws his arms upwards to summon a cheer. The Dublin-formed group have landed a tough time slot, clashing with Diana Ross in the Legends Slot over on the Pyramid. It’s testament to their fearsome reputation as a live act that they’ve attracted such a huge crowd.
Now three albums deep, the five-piece have been at the forefront of the recent rock resurgence. They’ve also stubbornly resisted categorisation, instead defining themselves by Chatten’s sharp, observational lyrics and their intense, driving instrumentation.They throw out a few numbers from their 2019 debut, Dogrel, along with the sonically moodier, yet lyrically hopeful tracks of follow-up A Hero’s Death. Usually an unflinchingly cool collective, they can’t help but grin as mosh pits broil up in front of them. At the cue of “Jackie Down the Line”, a sea of sticky bodies bash into one another. Fontaines won’t be dying a death any time soon.
Megan Graye26 June 2022 18:55
In case you missed it, this is what happened at George Ezra’s secret set…
The rumours turned out to be true. This afternoon, George Ezra took the John Peel tent by surprise(ish).
It was a predictably crowded affair but Mark Beaumont managed to get within listening distance of Gold Rush Kid. Here’s what you missed…
Annabel Nugent26 June 2022 18:45
Diana Ross review – Sunday Legends slot
Come back Paul McCartney’s voice, all is forgiven. In the weekend’s grand parade of Sixties hitmakers, Diana Ross’s pipes are most definitely the rustier. “There’s a great power in determination,” she wisely imparts, speaking of her struggles to make her Thank You tour and this Legends slot appearance happen, but also of her great epiglottal strain.
The Queen of Motown might appear from the wings in a flume of bubbles to a fanfare of “I’m Coming Out” – looking like she’s materialised direct from a dimension populated by glamorous snowflake people – but at times, over the coming 75 minutes, she sounds as though she’s doing disco karaoke after four heavy nights at Shangri-La. “Chain Reaction”, in particular, is flatter than a landslide hitting Ian Brown’s house.
The effect is a set that’s as much a 100,000-strong support group as celebratory sing-along. There’s still a magical frisson to being in the presence of such a supernaturally famous and universally beloved pop icon, and Glastonbury’s perm-wigged masses are not letting this one get away without a fight. They help carry her initial rush of Supremes hits – “Baby Love”, “Stop! In The Name of Love” and “You Can’t Hurry Love” – which are chucked away early like a Legends slot death-wish. They even will on Ross’s failed attempt to start a singalong coda to gentle soul ballad “I’m Still Waiting”. The star and her songs get all the love; the performance itself is of secondary concern.
Until, that is, Ross commits the cardinal Legends slot sin and plugs her new album Thank You too hard to the watching wallets at home. “Tomorrow” is lively disco fare and the title track a marvellous throwback to her Seventies disco soul period, but the last thing we’re here for is a sales pitch, no matter how sweet. The tropical modern pop of “If the World Just Danced” suggests that all of our problems might be solved with a vigorous conga. Presumably down Club ExxonMobile.
From there it takes a cry of “I feel 47!” midway through a fabulous “Upside Down”, with the front-row security doing their customary dance routine, and her Dolly Parton country pop moment “Ease on Down the Road” to claw the set back, despite a frankly awful “Why Do Fools Fall in Love”. It’s something of a shame that Ross feels that songs like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “I Will Survive” are her go-to showstoppers, tracks she’s had hits with but doesn’t entirely own. “I Will Survive” even gets segued into “Billie Jean” and DJ Khaled’s “All I Do is Win”. But by now the crowd are singing for themselves, just happy to have such a ravishing ringleader.
Mark Beaumont26 June 2022 18:35