a lap of honor worth the wait

Haim’s performance at the 2020 Glastonbury Festival was meant to be a victory lap. Scheduled the same weekend the band released their critically acclaimed third album ‘Women in Music Pt. III’, COVID-19 cancellations ended all celebrations at Worthy Farm.

While they made a standout appearance at last year’s live stream event Glastonbury Festival Presents Live at Worthy Farm 2021, the group’s 2022 Saturday afternoon prime-time slot on the Pyramid was long overdue. As youngest sister Alana Haim tells the audience early on, “I can’t believe we’re here!… last year we got a chance to do the livestream, it was fun; but it’s a little better!

They’re not wrong – from the moment the band hits the stage (one by one, as they build the band during ‘Now I’m In It’), they bring a slice of sunshine at the Pyramid. Running through a stylish, career-spanning ensemble, the group of sisters demonstrate how much they love Glastonbury, their joy at being back at authentic Worthy Farm.

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Ahead of ‘3 AM’, Este takes center stage with a lengthy intro that begins with an honest story about the band’s first experience at Glastonbury (which saw her pass out due to type 1 diabetes) and ends with a skit around a booty-booth party calling it live on stage. The final conclusion drawn before the band embarks on the funk-laden melody is that Este will find someone new at his Glasto party tonight, potentially at the Rabbit Hole. As the track unfolds, the older sister leaps into the crowd, serenading the front row while singing the earworm chorus in a peak Glasto moment.

Haim also celebrates their story in the UK. “We will bring it, way, way back, to our very first EP,” they announce before “Forever,” explaining that the song was a hit here before being in the US, which led to them signing in the UK. First released almost a decade ago, the bubbly cut of pop-rock sits neatly among the most recent tracks on the setlist that selects itself from the band’s back catalogue.

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Ending with a double punch of ‘The Wire’ and ‘The Steps’, the band amps up the crowd, prompting them to sing the final chorus louder and louder. “Fuck, I love you Glastonbury, see you next time,” they say before disappearing from the stage. We have no doubt they will be back, bigger and better than ever.

Haim played:

“Now I’m In”
“Don’t Save Me”
‘My Song 5’
“I want you to come back”
‘I do not want’
‘Summer Girl’
‘The steps’

Jan G. Gilbert