Glastonbury Festival is over for another year – with music lovers packing up their tents, hanging up their bucket hats and heading home.
The festival’s founder Michael Eavis has dubbed the special 50th anniversary event “the best show in town” and it’s easy to see why.
With Sir Paul McCartney and Billie Eilish’s history-making performances, as well as some poignant political statements, this year at Worthy Farm is filled with iconic moments and it’s certainly worth the wait. three years.
The festival was spearheaded by Sir Paul, Billie and Kendrick Lamar, with the 34-year-old rapper wrapping up the show.
This is Kendrick’s first time playing Glastonbury. He was originally supposed to debut in 2020, but the festival was canceled due to Covid-19.
Kendrick opened the show with eye-catching choreography, as he wore a crown of thorns. Huge crowds exploded as the hip hop artist opened with MAAD City.
Fans tried to scream even louder for his hit song Money Trees and sang along to The Pool, one of the rapper’s first hits that put him on the map.
Kendrick also performed new songs from his latest album Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers.
Fans were quick to Tweet about the performance, with one saying: “King kendrick. We’re witnessing something special here.”
Another wrote: “This bloody hell is good.”
This year marks the 20-year-old Billie’s second appearance at the legendary festival, having previously performed on The Other Stage in 2019.
On Friday, she became the youngest solo artist in Glastonbury history to top the iconic Pyramid Stage and used her performance to highlight opposite changes in the United States.
Women and their allies were recently appalled when the US Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v Wade case that made abortion legal across the US.
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When Billie introduced the song Your Power, she drew attention to the “dark days of women”.
She said: “The song we’re going to do is I think one of our favorite songs we’ve written and it’s about the concept of power and how we need to always remember how not to overdo it.
“And today is a really, really dark day for women in America. I just want to say it because I can’t bear to think about it in this moment.”
Olivia Rodrigo and Lily Allen also shared their anger at the shocking decision about reproductive rights.
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Olivia Rodrigo, 19, was joined on stage by surprise guest Lily, 37, and the pair dedicated Lily’s song F**k You to the Supreme Court.
Olivia said: “I am devastated and terrified and so many women and so many girls will die from this.
“I wanted to dedicate this follow-up song to the five members of the Supreme Court who showed us that at the end of the day, they really don’t consider freedom.”
Many fans took to Twitter to share their support for the duo.
One person wrote: “olivia rodrigo at glastonbury name ignored the high court judges who voted to overturn roe v wade ‘we hate you’ and then sang f**k you by lily allen let them know it’s my girl.”
Another said: “Glasto 2022, the moment of the weekend.”
Climate activist Greta Thunberg made a surprise appearance at the festival to call on political leaders to “lie”.
The 19-year-old told the crowd that they must face a battle against the “forces of greed” if they are to avert a “total natural disaster”.
Appearing on the Pyramid Stage, she said: “Together we can do the seemingly impossible” and stressed that the worse consequences of climate change are avoidable if we act soon.
Elsewhere at the festival, Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney also made history. At the age of 80, he became the oldest single chief in Glastonbury.
Macca performed after Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds in front of thousands of excited fans, playing some of the most iconic songs of his decades-long career.
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His performance included an incredibly emotional moment when he was duet with late Beatles friend John Lennon. Then Paul told the crowd: “If you love someone, make sure you tell them.”
The musician was also joined on stage by two special guests – Dave Grohl from Foo Fighters and Bruce Springsteen. The couple flew in from the US to film.
The festival appearance marks Dave’s first time performing in public since the sudden death of bandmate Taylor Hawkins in March.
Eagle-eyed fans watching Glastonbury at home noticed the former Nirvana star’s tribute to Taylor, as he has a large ‘T’ tattoo on his right hand.
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One fan tweeted: ”Dave Grohl pointed to the Taylor Hawkins tribute tattoo on his arm at the end of the #PaulMcCartney photo shoot that almost completed me. RIP Hawk. ”
Another said: “The lovely moment at the end of the #PaulMcCartney photo shoot when #DaveGrohl pointed at his arm and gave the #TaylorHawkins a T tattoo is so memorable.”
Former Spice Girls star Mel C also gave a surprise performance over the weekend and hinted the band could reunite at next year’s festival.
The 48-year-old joined the indie pop band Blossoms as they performed a cover of Spice Up Your Life.
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Mel stepped into her alternate Sporty Spice character, as she sported a blue tracksuit and red crop top. She recently told BBC Breakfast that the Spice Girls would love to perform at Glastonbury.
“It’s the dream, the absolute dream, we’d love to make it,” she said.
Also bringing back nostalgia is the ’90s R&B group TLC.
Although best known as a trio, the group currently consists of Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins, 52, and Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas, 51 – third member Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes has died a tragic death catastrophically in 2002.
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The duo performed the chart-topping track No Scrubs and wore matching silver outfits, reminiscent of the style the group wore in the song’s music video.
Audiences loved the group’s flashback show, with one festival attendee tweeting: “TLC really brought the crowd to the West Holts stage today.”
Diana Ross also entertained the crowd as she performed in the coveted position of the ‘legend’ on The Pyramid stage on Sunday.
The 78-year-old entertainer described the crowd in Glastonbury as the largest she had ever seen, as she sang some of her classic tunes such as Ain’t No Mountain High Enough and I Will Survive.
The soul singer told fans, “I love you all so much. I like to sing during the day because I can see your faces.”
She walked out onto the stage in an angelic white dress, complete with a feather hat.
Festival goers shared their love of Glastonbury on social media, with one tweeting: “Wow that’s amazing @glastonbury.”
Another said: “Glastonbury is a must.”
A third wrote: “love the Glastonbury festival. You get to hear both old and new music. One of the highlights of the year for me.”
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