Glastonbury Festival: The Ultimate AZ Guide – from headliners Paul McCartney and Billie Eilish to secret sets, strange locations and toilet survival | Ents & Arts News

Q is for… Queen Bey

What do you do when you’re the headliner of Glastonbury a few years after your husband (see Z) played one of the most talked about sets in the history of the event?

Light up fireworks, come dripping in golden glitter and just, well, be Beyonce, what is it.

Queen Bey, one of the few female headliners in the event’s history, pulled it off.

Crazy In Love, Single Ladies, Naughty Girl – some of her biggest hits – provided the first three songs, and she also performed a Destiny’s Child medley with Independent Women, Bootylicious, Say My Name and Survivor.

Plus, she’s done her research on Glastonbury — or Glaston-berry, as she called it to the crowd — performing some interesting covers, including Alanis Morisette’s You Oughta Know, Kings of Leon’s Sex On Fire, and At Last by Etta James.

His finale, Halo, was accompanied by images of Glastonbury spectators in the mud – including a Mr Wayne Rooney, who was there that year.

All of this, and we later found out that she was pregnant with her eldest child, Blue Ivy, at the time.

A true Queen of Glastonbury.

R is for… Rumors

As soon as one festival ends, rumors about the next begin. Fleetwood Mac is there every year.

And thanks to Glastonbury’s habit of hosting a secret gig or two, the whispers don’t stop even when Worthy Farm opens and the line-up seems to be all stitched up.

There will usually be at least one or two TBCs on the bill, with these slots often attracting huge crowds of people expecting to see something special.

In 2011, Pulp and Radiohead played some not-so-surprising gigs on The Park stage, and Mumford & Sons, The Libertines and The Killers also came on as secret acts.

In 2019, David Attenborough drew a huge crowd during a late Pyramid Stage announcement, talking about climate change.

Before the 2020 festival had to be postponed, one of the big rumors was that the Spice Girls, fresh off their 2019 reunion tour, would be making their debut.

Who knows what will happen in 2022?

Jan G. Gilbert