Anyone telling you that this year’s Glastonbury is caught in the 1970s clearly wasn’t on Olivia Rodrigo’s show, which has the highest concentration of screaming teenage girls outside of TikTok.
Warm afternoon sunlight, shining off their knee-high DMs, mirror mosaic piano and purple electro-acoustic guitar, is one of Saturday’s most dazzling — and cutest — shows at Worthy Farm.
Though she’s best known for her dingy hit “good 4 u,” Rodrigo has a back catalog full of ballads about heartbreak. Today, her performance includes “happier,” “hope ur ok,” and a song she says stems from her childhood acting career, which she introduces as “Iowa.” She breaks out her breakthrough, “Driver’s License,” early.
Next comes a surprise cover of Avril Lavigne’s 2003 grunge hit “Complicated,” with Rodrigo banging his heels on the piano. That alone would have been enough to enchant that doe-eyed crowd. But then Rodrigo announces that she will be bringing out a special guest. At first, it sounds like the words “Billie Eilish” left her lips. And it would make sense – the Pyramid Stage headliner played the night before. But it turns out it’s just her accent – because it’s Lily Allen who takes the stage and sets the stage for a big festival moment.
“Yesterday the Supreme Court decided to overturn the Safe Abortion Act,” says Rodrigo. “I’m devastated and scared and so many women and girls are going to die because of it.
“I will dedicate this song to the Supreme Court Justices. I hate you.”
And with that, Allen, Rodrigo and what feels like Glastonbury sing along to Lily Allen’s 2009 hit “F*** You” from her second album It’s not me, it’s you.
Allen, dressed in black with a Chanel hair clip, looks a little shy, a little insanely happy as she duets with an exuberant Rodrigo. A “deja vu” ensues and for a moment it feels like Rodrigo isn’t delivering their biggest hit. But she belts out “good 4 u” into her purple mic, with much support from a crowd that sounds louder than ever. Yes, it may be true that Paul McCartney plays later – but now the Zoomers are taking the helm.
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