Glastonbury Festival 2022: Billie Eilish confirmed as headliner

US pop star Billie Eilish has been confirmed as the headliner for next year’s Glastonbury Festival, making her the youngest solo headliner in history, organizers have announced.

he will take to the Pyramid Stage on the Friday night of the 2022 Music Event – June 24.

The 19-year-old singer had hinted on her Instagram Stories on Sunday that she would be performing by posting a photo of herself wearing a Glastonbury Festival branded hoodie, adding the caption “2022” to the post.

Glastonbury organizer Emily Eavis said: “We couldn’t be happier to announce that the wonderful Billie Eilish will headline The Pyramid on Friday at next year’s Glastonbury Festival, becoming the youngest solo headliner in our history. This seems like the perfect way for us to come back and I can’t wait.”

Eilish’s appearance will be her first headlining performance at a UK festival.

This year the festival held a five-hour live stream event featuring artists such as Coldplay, Damon Albarn, Haim, Idles, Jorja Smith, Kano, Michael Kiwanuka, Wolf Alice and DJ Honey Dijon.

Last year, the festival was supposed to celebrate its 50th anniversary but it was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2020 lineup was due to names such as American star Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift and Sir Paul McCartney, with Diana Ross set to play the Sunday Legends slot.

Eilish made her Glastonbury debut in 2019 when she performed on the Other Stage, where she treated crowds to a series of tracks such as Bad Guy and You Should See Me In A Crown.

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She became only the second person to win all four major categories at the Grammys – best new artist, record of the year, song of the year and album of the year – in the same year.

Last week, she was among the high profile stars who walked the red carpet for the premiere of the latest James Bond film, No Time To Die.

The film is Daniel Craig’s final outing as 007, with Eilish performing the title track.

She wrote the song alongside her brother and co-writer, Finneas O’Connell, as well as Hans Zimmer and Johnny Marr.

Glastonbury 2022 is set to take place from June 22-26 and tickets are sold out, organizers said.

They added that “down payments made for the 2020 festival” had “bounced back for a second year, following the cancellation of the 2021 festival”.

Jan G. Gilbert