Glastonbury: ‘The Best Place on Earth’ returns after a hiatus
The 2022 Glastonbury Festival is underway and music fans from around the world are flocking to Worthy Farm in Somerset, England.
After Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis opened the gates on Wednesday 22 June, revelers have pitched their tents ahead of the live music sets which begin on Friday.
This year’s festival is headlined by Gen-Z pop star Billie Eilish, Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney and US rapper Kendrick Lamar, while Diana Ross takes on the traditional Legends slot.
Mercury Prize-winning rock band Wolf Alice are booked to perform on Friday at 4.45pm on the Pyramid Stage, but fans are concerned after the group tweeted about their struggles to get to the UK.
The group had completed their LA performance and were due to fly back today (Thursday, June 23). However, they tweeted in the early hours that their flight had been canceled amid ongoing travel chaos at UK airports.
The Independent has reached out to the band’s representatives for comment.
Meanwhile, the Met Office is forecasting thunderstorms that could potentially hit festival-goers today (23 June).
Bastille frontman thanks fans after ‘insane’ set with Ol’ Dirty Brasstards
Bastille frontman Dan Smith thanked fans after the “Pompeii” hitmakers’ “insane” performance on stage at Williams’ Green on Thursday.
Sharing a photo with his bandmates, Smith wrote on Twitter: “That was crazy. THANK YOU to everyone who came along.”
Bastille was joined by the 10-piece brass band Ol’ Dirty Brasstards, prompting Smith’s opener, “Tonight we’re Brasstille and the Brasstards… or something.”
Singer-songwriter/guitarist Charlie Barnes, who is currently touring with Bastille, also tweeted about the show, writing: “Hahahahaha, played Glastonbury with a bunch of my brass friends, hahahahahahahaha, have a nice weekend everyone.”
Maanya SachdevaJune 24, 2022 06:00
‘Did you make it?’: Wolf Alice fans react to band’s travel update amid fears of canceled set
Wolf Alice fans are keeping their fingers crossed that the band make it to Glastonbury after a flight cancellation ahead of their scheduled performance stranded them in the US.
“Anyone have a private jet in LA?” The band tweeted late Wednesday (June 22), explaining, “Our flight has been canceled and we have to go to Glastonbury, no kidding.”
On Thursday, the group tweeted that they would be flying from Los Angeles to Seattle before hopefully catching a direct flight to London in time for their set.
“Did you do it?” One fan commented below her post on Twitter, while another wrote, “fingers crossed can’t wait to see you at Glasto.”
Maanya SachdevaJune 24, 2022 5:30 am
Bastille fans react to band’s ‘not-so-secret’ set: ‘I’m a little emotional’
Bastille fans were over the moon as the band played a “not-so-secret” set on the stage at William’s Green on Thursday, accompanied by the 10-piece brass band Ol’ Dirty Brasstards.
“Tonight we’re Brasstille and the Brasstards… or something,” the band’s frontman Dan Smith joked as fans reportedly sang the chorus of their 2013 hit “Pompeii” while waiting for the set to begin.
Their set followed festival founder Michael Eavis’ cover performance, with Smith telling the crowd, “I can’t believe we get to play after Michael Eavis, what the heck.”
Bastille’s setlist for her sixth Glastonbury gig included hits like “Things We Lost In The Fire” and “Survivin'” from her 2020 EP goose flesh“Shut Off The Lights” and of course “Pompeii” at the very end.
After seeing her performance, a fan tweeted: “Since 2012 I have never gone more than 1.5 years without seeing Bastille. [but] because of covid i haven’t seen her at glasto for almost three years to date. I’m a bit emotional thanks @bastille.”
“I don’t care about Bastille, just Brasstille,” joked another.
Maanya SachdevaJune 24, 2022 05:00
The Glastonbury crowd sings “We love you Michael, we do” to the festival’s founder
The Glastonbury crowd sang “We love you Michael we do” on the Williams Green stage as festival founder Michael Eavis performed with his band to a sold-out crowd on Thursday.
The 86-year-old performed hits like the Elvis hit “Always On My Mind” and Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.”
Eavis thanked the crowd and left the stage to great applause before driving off in his ‘signature red’ Land Rover, and further cheers erupted as he passed festival-goers on the street outside the venue.
Maanya SachdevaJune 24, 2022 4:30 am
‘We Are Family’: Dying Glastonbury fan travels to festival by helicopter
A terminally ill Glastonbury fan has fulfilled his last wish – to make it to the festival one last time.
Nigel Stonehouse, 58, from Hartlepool, will travel to Worthy Farm by helicopter after a GoFundMe campaign raised over £18,000 to fund the trip. This is his 19th time at the Somerset Music Festival.
When asked why going to Glastonbury was so important to Stonehouse, he replied, “It’s always important to go to Glastonbury — we’re family.”
Stonehouse, who has kidney cancer, first attended the festival in 1986.
Maanya SachdevaJune 24, 2022 04:00
Louis Tomlinson has been spotted at Worthy Farm amid rumors of a secret Harry Styles set
One Direction fans have been excited at the possibility of a mini-band reunion at Worthy Farm after Louis Tomlinson was spotted in Glastonbury amid rumors of a secret Harry Styles set.
Styles and Tomlinson were part of “the internet’s first boy band” One Direction along with Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik. The group went on an extended hiatus in 2015 following Malik’s departure.
Styles is scheduled to perform on the Pyramid Stage on Friday night (24 June) alongside Glastonbury’s recent headliner Billie Eilish.
Currently on his “Love On Tour” to promote his 2019 album fine lineBetween tour dates, the “As It Was” singer still has most of the weekend off.
Meanwhile, Tomlinson, 30, was spotted at the Somerset venue in a short fan video posted online. He was dressed in a loose white t-shirt and shorts.
Maanya SachdevaJune 24, 2022 03:30
And the first stage dive of the weekend goes to…
Maanya SachdevaJune 24, 2022 03:00
Here’s a look at some of the secret headliners set to perform at the festival…
Louis ChiltonJune 24, 2022 02:30
The big acts might not start until tomorrow, but there’s still plenty going on at Worthy Farm.
Louis ChiltonJune 24, 2022 02:00
Fellow headliner Kendrick Lamar was spotted performing a tribute to Virgil Abloh while wearing a crown of thorns during a Louis Vuitton show.
Louis ChiltonJune 24, 2022 1:30 am
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