Glastonbury 2022 has come to an end after returning for the first time in three years due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Here are seven of the biggest moments from the special 50th anniversary festival.
1. Sir Paul McCartney and Friends
Sir Paul McCartney had a host of crowd-pleasing moments during his Saturday headline, with surprise appearances from Bruce Springsteen and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl among the highlights. The two music stars traveled from the United States to perform alongside the former Beatle on the Pyramid Stage.
To close Sir Paul’s show, where he became the festival’s oldest solo headliner, Springsteen and Grohl returned to the stage to provide guitar solos on the Beatles’ song The End.
2. Sir Paul McCartney and the John Lennon Duo
During Sir Paul’s encore set, special technology was used to isolate the voice of the late John Lennon from old recordings so the singer could duet the Beatles’ track I’ve Got A Feeling alongside his former teammate. After the performance, he said, “I know it’s virtual, but here I am singing with John again. We are back together.
3. Greta Thunberg’s speech on climate change
Greta Thunberg gave an impassioned speech from the Pyramid Stage calling on society to shoulder its “historic responsibility to turn the tide” in the face of the global climate crisis. In an Instagram post after the event, festival co-founder Emily Eavis said it was an “honor” to have the 19-year-old environmental activist, describing her speech as “inspirational, powerful and important. “.
4. Lily Allen back on stage
Lily Allen shocked fans by making a surprise appearance during Olivia Rodrigo’s set on the other stage. To mark Allen’s long-awaited return to the stage, she sang her hit song F*** You alongside Rodrigo in response to the United States Supreme Court’s decision to end the country’s constitutional right to abortion.
5. Billie Eilish’s historic set
Billie Eilish also made history at the 2022 festival by becoming Glastonbury’s youngest solo headliner after stepping onto the Pyramid Stage on Friday. The 20-year-old Grammy-winning singer delivered an electrifying series of hit songs and spoke about the climate crisis and the US decision on abortion.
6. Ukrainian representation
The festival hosted an array of Ukrainian officials throughout the weekend, including the country’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, who delivered a speech via video message on one of the large screens. Glastonbury also hosted the first UK performance of the Kalush Orchestra since their Eurovision 2022 triumph, as well as the staging of a Eurovision 2021 Go_A star set.
Folk group DakhaBrakha and Eurovision 2016 winner Jamala performed together on the Pyramid stage, sharing a message to “stop Putin”.
7. Wolf Alice and festival-goers surviving the chaos of travel
Wolf Alice was among the masses who struggled to get to the festival due to travel issues, with major rail strikes during the event and many flights delayed or cancelled. The Mercury Prize-winning band told the crowd they were “emotional” after nearly missing their set on the Pyramid Stage on Friday due to their flight from Los Angeles being canceled at the last minute.
The infamous Glastonbury rain did not dampen spirits this year either, as the weather remained relatively dry compared to previous years.
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