Glastonbury Festival 2022: Which artists made the most headlines at the festival?

If you think of some of the greatest artists and bands of the past 50 years, chances are they performed at the Glastonbury Festival. With over 200,000 people in attendance, it is the largest greenfield festival in the world.

It has been around for over five decades and has attracted some of the biggest names in music. 2022 is no different, with the event welcoming its youngest and oldest headliner in the span of a few very special days.

However, there are a few faces people may associate with the event due to the number of times they have appeared at Worthy Farm.

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Liam Gallagher (L) and Noel Gallagher of Oasis perform on the Pyramid Stage during the 2004 Glastonbury Festival

The Gallagher brothers – sadly no longer together – made headlines in 1994, then 1995 and finally 2004. Since then they have both performed solo at Glasto, with Noel returning this year with his “high flying birds” concert in June. If it hadn’t been for their high-profile spinoff, who knows, maybe they would have made headlines again.

cold game

2022 marks 20 years since the first performance of the group led by Chris Martin. They had previously graced the pyramid stage in 2002, 2005 and 2011, with the 2011 performance having already been voted Glastonbury’s finest moment by BBC Radio listeners.

In 2016 they made their fourth appearance, which etched their name into Glastonbury folk law.

The treatment

The group had performed in 2019, but we have to go back to 1995 before finding Robert Smith on stage. 1986 and 1990 were the only other two years, joining Coldplay in the “quadruple club” after playing four times.

The band had several line-up changes, with vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Robert Smith being the only constant member throughout.


Radiohead's Thom Yorke performs on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival, Worthy Farm in Somerset.
Radiohead’s Thom Yorke performs on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival, Worthy Farm in Somerset.

As far as true headliners go, there aren’t many bands besides those few who can consider themselves lucky enough to have been honored on the Pyramid stage more than three times. But you can add Radiohead to the list, having joined the “quadruple” club in 2017.

2003, 2010, 2011, and 2017 were the years in question, and those lucky enough to see them perform “No Surprises” and “Karma Police” live would know why they were chosen four times.

Van Morrison

Now, there aren’t too many who could call themselves “Glasto” legends, but the Northern Irish singer-songwriter might call himself that. Van Morrison has performed at the festival seven times: 1982, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1997 and 2005.

Now 78, could he have been seen at Worthy Farm for the last time?

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Jan G. Gilbert