Glastonbury Festival 2022: This year’s top talking points, from Kendrick Lamar to Paul McCartney

Kendrick Lamar performs at Glastonbury

The final day at Glastonbury ended with a breathtaking performance by American rapper Kendrick Lamar.

For five days, fans danced to performances by big name artists including Paul McCartney, Little Simz, Pet Shop Boys, Sam Fender and Billie Eilish.

On the final day of the festival, George Ezra took to the John Peel Stage in what was perhaps the worst-kept secret in Glastonbury’s history, while jazz-fusion legend Herbie Hancock delighted the crowds relaxing on the Pyramid stage with a virtuoso performance.

Here’s a look back at six of the biggest talking points from the whole of Glastonbury Festival 2022…

Roe vs. Wade

News of the highly controversial US Supreme Court legal ruling broke on Friday, and it was clearly on the minds of many at Glastonbury. He certainly did not escape the notice of artists, many of whom were American. From Billie Eilish and Phoebe Bridgers to Olivia Rodrigo and Kendrick Lamar, many artists have included powerful statements about abortion rights in their sets.

From the youngest headliner of all time…

Eilish made history with her Friday Night No. 1 spot, delighting fans with an intimate yet lively set of songs from the 20-year-old’s two albums. As the festival’s youngest solo headliner, the pressure was certainly on Eilish’s shoulders, but as Mark Beaumont’s five-star review attests, she pulled it off with aplomb.

Billie Eilish at Glastonbury 2022

(Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

…to the oldest

On the other end of the spectrum, we had Paul McCartney, who delivered an absolute one-set barnstormer on Saturday. Performing a range of hits from his Beatles and Wings repertoire, as well as his solo career (and a few covers), Macca delivered a Glastonbury experience for the ages. At 80, he becomes the oldest headliner of the festival.

Kendrick Lamar

Closing out the festival on Sunday was Kendrick Lamar, who held the Pyramid Stage in the palm of his hand from start to finish in his electrifying, career-spanning set. The jaw-dropping climax of his set – a “saviour” rendition performed as blood dripped from his diamond crown of thorns, before he began a furious chant about women’s rights – was pure chills in the back.


The ongoing war in Ukraine was also a central political issue for many of the festival’s acts and attendees. Ukrainian flags were often seen around the festival site, with McCartney holding one in solidarity as he took the stage for his encore. The Pyramid Stage also hosted Ukrainian band Dakhabrakha on Sunday, one of many Ukrainian artists championed by the festival.

A little help from my friends…

While Kendrick’s set may have been all about him, many of the other festival acts rolled out heavyweight guest stars. McCartney brought Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl onto the stage near the end. Olivia Rodrigo welcomed Lily Allen for a duet of “F*** You”. Phoebe Bridges teamed up with Arlo Parks (who had her own full set at the festival) for a few numbers. Pete Doherty even appeared on stage during Hak Baker’s performance, having performed with the Libertines shortly before. It was a festival jam-packed with unexpected – but much-loved – cameos.

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A dying Glastonbury fan will travel to the festival by helicopter

A Glastonbury fan who has been told he has weeks to live has had his last wish granted – to go to the festival one last time.

Nigel Stonehouse, 58, from Hartlepool, will travel to Worthy Farm by helicopter after a GoFundMe campaign raised more than £18,000 to fund the trip.

Any remaining donations will go to Water Aid, Oxfam and Greenpeace, as well as a local cat rescue organization, fundraiser organizers said.

Stonehouse, who has visited Glastonbury 19 times, described the festival as “like family”.

‘We are family’: Dying Glastonbury fan to helicopter to festival

A Glastonbury fan who was told he had weeks to live has granted his dying wish – to go to the festival one last time. Nigel Stonehouse, 58, from Hartlepool, will fly to Worthy Farm by helicopter after a £18,000 GoFundMe campaign to fund the trip. Any remaining donations will go to Water Aid, Oxfam and Greenpeace, and a local cat rescue organization, fundraiser organizers said. Stonehouse, who has been to Glastonbury 19 times, described the festival as being “like family.” Click here to sign up for our newsletters.

Roisin O’ConnorJune 23, 2022 6:14 p.m.


How to watch Glastonbury 2022 from home

Those not venturing to Worthy Farm for Glastonbury this year can follow the action from the comfort of their sofa.

This year’s festival – which runs from Friday June 24 to Sunday June 26 – will see Billie Eilish, Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar perform as headliners. Diana Ross will perform in the Legends slot.

UK viewers can watch the Glastonbury live broadcast on the BBC for free.

Coverage will be spread across BBC One, Two, Three, Four, BBC Radio, the BBC Sounds app and BBC Radio.

For the first time ever, BBC iPlayer will host a special Glastonbury channel from Thursday (June 23), which will show preview shows and live performances over the next four days.

Here is the complete program!

Roisin O’ConnorJune 23, 2022 6:42 p.m.


Glastonbury 2022 – in pictures

Other acts on Billing include Diana Ross in the traditional Legends slot, as well as Sam Fender, Megan Thee Stallion, Foals, St Vincent, Lorde, Olivia Rodrigo, AJ Tracey and more performing from 24-26 June.

On Wednesday June 22, festival co-organizers Michael and Emily Eavis welcomed revelers back to the festival in Somerset.

“To actually be able to see the people there and welcome them, watch them come in and run to pitch their tents…it’s an incredible feeling,” Emily Eavis told Lauren Laverne in an interview with BBC Radio 6.

Check out some of the brilliant photos so far:

Roisin O’ConnorJune 23, 2022 7:02 p.m.


Fat Boy Slim looks back on his memories of Glastonbury

Fatboy Slim recalled his first appearance on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage saying he “spent the rest of his career” trying to get back on it.

The DJ, real name Norman Cook, is now well known but first performed at the Worthy Farm music festival more than three decades ago as part of indie rock band The Housemartins.

The Glastonbury Festival reopened this week for the first time in three years after being canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Cook, 58, one of the performers.

He told the festival site’s newspaper, the Glastonbury Free Press, about his first playing experience at the event, saying: ‘He was playing on the Pyramid Stage with the Housemartins in 1986.

“To my shame, I thought it would be filled with old, bearded, stoned hippies from Stonehenge after the solstice. And we thought they would all throw mud at us. We were pleasantly surprised to find out that it wasn’t like that at all.

Other big names at Glastonbury in 1986 included The Pogues, The Waterboys, The Cure, Level 42, Simply Red and Madness.

Kerri-Ann Roper, PA Entertainment EditorJune 23, 2022 7:22 p.m.


The 7 most brutal board clashes – and how to get around them

‘Clash’ is a word that will send any Glastonbury ticket holder into a cold sweat.

Deciding between Billie Eilish and Foals and Little Simz seems impossible. Likewise, Haim, Olivia Rodrigo, Big Thief and Glass Animals.

Here we run through the biggest clashes of the 2022 festival – and some nifty workarounds.

Annabel NugentJune 23, 2022 7:40 p.m.


18 highlights for Glastonbury, from Healing Fields to Cineramageddon

Every Glastonbury weekend, Worthy Farm’s transformation from a West Country dairy farm to a glorious festival site never fails to impress.

Bars within bars, zones within zones and festivals within festivals offer ticket holders a Russian doll of silliness and surrealism. The center of which you will probably never reach – at least not without a complete plan.

Take a look at our 18 highlights for Glastonbury 202, from Healing Fields to Cineramageddon.

Annabel NugentJune 23, 2022 8:00 p.m.


When does Billie Eilish perform and on what stage?

Tomorrow, Billie Eilish will make history as Glastonbury’s youngest solo headliner.

At 20 years and six months, she will be the youngest solo artist to headline Glastonbury. The youngest performer to headline Glastonbury as part of a band was Mark Hamilton of UK band Ash who headlined in 1997 at the age of 20 years and three months.

Find out when and where Eilish is performing below.

Annabel NugentJune 23, 2022 8:20 p.m.


Who are the secret sets? all you need to know

Sure, you might know who the headliner is besides Glastonbury, but do you know who this year’s secret sets are?

With secret sets past including Lady Gaga, Franz Ferdinand and Pulp, it’s likely that this year will see at least a few big names hit the stage in unexpected ways.

George Ezra, Harry Styles, Green Day, Elton John and Arcade Fire are among the artists expected to make an appearance. Learn more below.

Annabel NugentJune 23, 2022 8:40 p.m.


A brief look at Glastonbury’s historic past

If you’ve ever been interested in the history of this iconic festival, we’ve got you covered.

Founded in 1970, Michael Eavis – a Somerset farmer – decided to hold a festival to pay off his overdraft. The rest is history.

Annabel NugentJune 23, 2022 9:00 p.m.


How to watch Glastonbury from home and the full TV schedule

For those of us not at Worthy Farm, you can follow the action live with live coverage of the event.

Whether you want to catch it all or just catch a performance or two, the BBC has you covered.

Coverage will be spread across BBC One, Two, Three, Four, BBC Radio, the BBC Sounds app and BBC Radio.

See a full TV schedule below.

Annabel NugentJune 23, 2022 9:20 p.m.

Jan G. Gilbert