Diana Ross to Play ‘Legends’ Slot at Glastonbury Festival 2022 | Glastonbury Festival

Diana Ross has been confirmed to play Glastonbury in 2022, more than two years after she was first announced to play the festival’s Sunday afternoon ‘legends’ slot.

Ross said she was “excited and grateful” to perform there amid the UK tour of her first new album in 15 years, Thank You. She was first announced in October 2019, saying, “To all my fans around the world, this is my tribute to you. Every gig feels like a private party, I can see your eyes and feel your hearts. I come to Glastonbury, with love.

Festival organizer Emily Eavis said she was “delighted to be able to let you know that the magnificent Diana Ross will be coming to play at Glastonbury next summer”.

Ross will be 78 when she takes to the Pyramid Stage, whose crowd often exceeds 100,000 people, making her one of the oldest to perform there – although that record still belongs to Burt Bacharach, who was 87 when he played in 2015.

With the 2020 and 2021 events canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is the longest period without Glastonbury Festival since a fallow period in the late 1970s.

Last year’s edition, the festival’s 50th anniversary, was to be headlined by Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar, but was canceled in March as the pandemic worsened. Preparations continued for the 2021 event, but it was also canceled in January.

The festival site was instead used for camping during the summer and for a one-time livestreamed concert Live at Worthy Farm, with sets from Coldplay, Damon Albarn and more.

Billie Eilish has been heralded as the headline debut of 2022, playing Friday nights in a gig that Eavis described as “the perfect way to come back”. The festival opens its doors on Wednesday, June 22.

Ross is due to perform in arenas across the UK that month in Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, Liverpool, Birmingham, London and Durham.

Jan G. Gilbert