Glastonbury live: Who’s playing today and how to watch on the BBC
Volodymyr Zelensky makes surprise video appearance at Glastonbury Festival
The 2022 Glastonbury Festival is underway, with music fans from around the world flocking to Worthy Farm in Somerset, England.
This year’s festival is headlined by Gen-Z pop star Billie Eilish, Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney and American rapper Kendrick Lamar, with Diana Ross taking the traditional Legends slot.
McCartney is playing a pre-festival gig in Somerset tonight, with tickets for the 800-seat show selling out in less than an hour.
On The Other Stage, rock band The Libertines opened the proceedings after a powerful on-screen speech by Ukrainian President Zelensky.
Wolf Alice, after worrying fans by announcing their flight from Los Angeles had been cancelled, has now officially arrived in the UK to play her set this afternoon.
Meanwhile, the Met Office predicts Friday June 24 will be cloudy, changing to light rain by early evening.
Follow the live updates below:
Kae Tempest Review – Alternate Scene
“More pressure… release! More pressure… more release!”
Kae Tempest cooks Worthy Farm with a bassline that simmers and bubbles underfoot. On their heavy January single “More Pressure,” everyone in that crowd serves as a tuning fork for the 36-year-old bars.
The poet-turned-rapper looks extremely comfortable. Their work contains strong contrasts, shifting noticeably from the aggressive to the emotional. Tempest is going hard – but they’re also insanely happy to be here.
“It’s such an important part of my summer,” they exclaim. “I’m so grateful to be here. Thanks thanks thanks.”
Like a gassed preacher in a black tunic, they pace the stage throwing hands at each other. Tempest is truly an artist whose work comes to life when performed live. They’re known for their state of the nation addresses, but that’s not all they think about today.
“Ketamine for breakfast!” The bad girls drank with it! Half naked in the bakery eating pastries! they purr on “Ketamine for Breakfast”. It’s meant to be a poignant moment of reflection on a chaotic past, but there’s no denying that Tempest could describe half the crowd’s ideal morning at Glastonbury. ★★★★☆
Roisin O’ConnorJune 24, 2022 2:09 p.m.
An update from Arlo Parks…
Roisin O’ConnorJune 24, 2022 2:04 p.m.
Mel C says the Spice Girls would love to play Glastonbury
Melanie C said it would be “the dream” for the Spice Girls to play Glastonbury next year, adding that she had a “good feeling” band member Victoria Beckham would join them.
The 48-year-old singer, who performed the Spice Girl anthems Who Do You Think You Are and Spice Up Your Life during her Glastonbury DJ set on the Williams Green stage on Thursday night, called the experience “crazy”.
She told BBC Breakfast: ‘I didn’t expect it to be as big as it was and for so many people to go as crazy as they did, it was a wonderful introduction to Glastonbury.
“It’s amazing because the wonderful thing about Glastonbury is that there’s something for everyone, there’s so many musical styles and when you put out a Spice Girls song you think: how does that going to happen? But people loved it, it was wonderful.
The singer, known as Sporty Spice, wore an “Alexa play Spice Girls” t-shirt during her DJ set.
Speaking of the Spice Girls playing Glastonbury, she said: “It’s the dream, the absolute dream, we’d love to do it.
“The girls and I discussed it, it’s the biggest stage in the world, we have the best festival in the world here.”
She added that she had a “good feeling” that Beckham, known as Posh Spice, would be joining them for the gig.
Mel C also said that Billie Eilish, who will become the festival’s youngest solo headliner when she hits the Pyramid Stage on Friday night, will “wow everyone”.
“The thing is, Billie has it naturally, I think she wrote her first single when she was 14 and ever since she was a teenager she’s been doing big gigs.
“She’s had a lot of pressure on her shoulders, so even though she’s very young, she’s very experienced,” she said.
Ellie Iorizzo, Senior PA Entertainment ReporterJune 24, 2022 1:42 p.m.
Glastonbury Police have recorded around 85% less crime so far this year compared to the last festival in 2019.
A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police told the AP News Agency it could be because the event was largely cashless and attendees pay with their phone.
As of 11am on Friday, 11 breaches had been recorded since the gates of Glastonbury opened early on Wednesday morning, ending a three-year hiatus for the Somerset festival.
These offenses included four incidents of theft, four drug offences, one incident of common assault, one incident of criminal damage and one incident of public disorder.
One of the drug offenses resulted in an arrest.
Alex Green, PA Acting Associate Entertainment EditorJune 24, 2022 1:28 p.m.
Libertines Review – Glastonbury 2022
‘How the tables turn. Once, The Libertines kept the crowds waiting and played as if they could collapse at any moment. Today – thanks to an 11.30am set which marks the de facto start of Glastonbury – it is their fans who arrive late, wide-eyed and disheveled.
Ben Bryant’s brilliant review of the Libertines is online now, check it out:
Roisin O’ConnorJune 24, 2022 1:18 p.m.
Wolf Alice has arrived in the UK – will they make it to Worthy Farm in time?
Wolf Alice landed in the UK hours before her performance at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.
Luckily, they managed to catch another flight and now it looks like they’ll just get there!
Roisin O’ConnorJune 24, 2022 12:57 p.m.
Glastonbury’s latest secret rumors
Worthy Farm is buzzing with rumors about who could play a secret set this weekend. Some are convinced that Bruce Springsteen, who is currently in the UK, could join Paul McCartney on the Pyramid Stage tomorrow. There are serious claims that Harry Styles, who just played a show in Dublin, could join Billie Eilish tonight as she becomes the youngest solo artist to headline Glastonbury.
George Ezra seemed like a dead cert until he had to pull out of a Danish festival due to a ‘nasty bout’ of laryngitis – we’ll see if the Gold Rush Kid gets his place this weekend. Olly Alexander looks like another guaranteed guest spot with the Pet Shop Boys on Sunday, given he has his own set as Years & Years just before…
Roisin O’ConnorJune 24, 2022 12:41 p.m.
In full: Zelensky’s message to Glastonbury 2022
His message was broadcast to festival-goers on a screen, before The Libertines took the stage to perform.
In videos shared on social media, Zelensky can be heard saying: “Glastonbury is the greatest concentration of freedom today and I ask you to share this sentiment with all those whose freedom is under threat…
“Help Ukrainians who are forced to flee their homes because of war… Lobby all the politicians you know to help bring peace to Ukraine.”
Roisin O’ConnorJune 24, 2022 12:24 p.m.
President Zelensky makes surprise video appearance at Glastonbury Festival
President Zelensky makes surprise video appearance at Glastonbury Festival –
Roisin O’ConnorJune 24, 2022 12:09
A clip shows Zelensky’s speech at the Glastonbury Festival
Here is an excerpt from Luke Newton at Glastonbury of this address from Zelensky:
Roisin O’ConnorJune 24, 2022 11:53 am