After two years of fallow, festival goers across the country are desperate to return to Worthy Farm – the home of, arguably, the world’s most famous music festival.
Glastonbury 2020 – the festival’s 50th anniversary celebration – was set to be one of the biggest yet with Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar confirmed as headliners.
But the festival went so far as to announce its lineup before having to cancel due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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As always, rumors about who will play Glastonbury are already going into overdrive.
The organizers have already confirmed some of the big names for Glasto 2022.
Motown star Diana Ross will perform the famous Sunday Legends slot on the Pyramid Stage which will mark her festival debut.
It was previously due to fill the Sunday afternoon slot in 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic saw the festival canceled for two consecutive years.
The 77-year-old singer will follow in the footsteps of previous “legends” such as Kylie Minogue, Lionel Richie, Dolly Parton, Tom Jones and Neil Diamond.
Glastonbury’s next performance is part of Ross’ UK Thank You tour – his first live appearances in the UK since 2008.
Ross is considered one of the most successful performers and performers of all time, with over 50 number one hits worldwide and 100 million records sold.
The American singer, songwriter and actress will bring hits such as I’m Coming Out, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Upside Down and Endless Love to Worthy Farm.
Co-host Emily Eavis said: “I am delighted to be able to announce that the magnificent Diana Ross will be performing at the Glastonbury Festival next summer.
“We were so excited to book such a legend for Glastonbury 2020 and are so happy that she is the first to be reconfirmed for 2022.”
Ross is the second act confirmed for Glastonbury 2022 following the announcement that Billie Eilish will headline Friday night.
At 19, Eilish will become the festival’s youngest headliner after a meteoric rise that began in 2015 with her first hit single, Ocean Eyes.
As to whether original Saturday 2020 headliner Paul McCartney will be booked again for 2022, it’s unclear.
McCartney said in a radio interview before the 2020 festival was canceled that he didn’t have the 2021 dates booked in his calendar, but that was because he assumed it would be canceled, which was the case.
Perhaps McCartney has written June 2022 as possible dates since, although there is currently no sign of any live concerts scheduled for the Beatles legend, who turns 80 the week before Glastonbury next June.
One of the biggest rumors is that Elton John will appear at Worthy Farm next year.
John will complete his last live musical tour in 2022 and the Glastonbury weekend has not been booked for any other venue.
The singer is playing at Bristol’s Ashton Gate stadium either side of the Glastonbury weekend, but he still has room in his schedule for a festival appearance as part of Farewell Yellow Brick Road – The Final Tour.
Other names as part of Glasto include Coldplay, Lady Gaga, and even a reunion of Oasis.
Little Mix is also rumored to be available on their UK tour in April and May.
Adele has also fueled rumors of a Glastonbury 2022 slot since her comeback single Easy On Me. The Skyfall singer headlined the festival in 2016 in what was a memorable performance.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame star Bruce Springsteen, who hasn’t played Glastonbury in 12 years, is also rumored to be making the trip from the US.
It’s not yet known if the singer of hits like Born in the USA, Hungry Heart and Dancing in the Dark is on tour in 2022, but bookmakers are already betting The Boss could return to Somerset.
Glastonbury 2022 will take place from June 24-26. The festival is already sold out, with deposits made for the 2020 festival being carried over for a second year.