Roisin O’Connor,Maanya Sachdeva and Louis Chilton
Sun, 26 June 2022, 1:58 pm
Saturday at Glastonbury saw some of the best sets of the weekend so far.
From Joy Crookes making her Worthy Farm debut to returning champions Haim in a glorious, sun-drenched Pyramid Stage performance, there was a particularly special atmosphere ahead of Sir Paul McCartney’s highly anticipated headline slot.
Other excellent shows came from Glass Animals, Metronomy, Celeste and Gen-Z pop star Olivia Rodrigo, who stormed the Other Stage with a surprise guest appearance from Lily Allen. Performing Allen’s 2012 hit “F*** You”, the duo called out the Supreme Court for their overturning of Roe vs Wade in the US.
Taking to the Pyramid Stage right before Macca, Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds played a string of crowd-pleasing Oasis hits, prompting critic Mark Beaumont to wonder if the gloves are fully off in his sibling rivalry with younger brother – and former bandmate – Liam.
Then it was time for the man himself, Sir Paul McCartney, who brought out his superb band and half a century’s worth of classic songs, not to mention tremendous surprise guests in the form of Bruce Springsteen and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. What a night!
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Glastonbury 2022 talking points
- Paul McCartney – the best Glastonbury has ever seen? The Independent’s review
- Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds review – Pyramid Stage
- Greta Thunberg delivers speech to Pyramid Stage audience
- Billie Eilish – Friday headliner review
- Olivia Rodrigo and Lily Allen say ‘F*** You’ to the Supreme Court in smashing Other Stage performance
14:15 , Louis Chilton
Pretty stunning backdrop from Ukrainian folk band Dakhabrakha, don’t you think?
They were performing on the Pyramid Stage a short while ago.
14:00 , Louis Chilton
Sports Team, playing the 12.15pm slot at the John Peel Stage, draw in a huge crowd, their post-punk giving CPR to those (the band included) who were down at Block9 and Shangri-la till the early hours. It’s a set full of energy, as is typically, with frontman Alex Rice a ball of charisma. Their new album is out in August. Expect big things.
13:40 , Louis Chilton
Jack White’s been confirmed for a secret set this evening – and George Ezra is starting a surprise set of his own in about half an hour.
Read more about the secret sets here…
13:21 , Louis Chilton
Statement from a BBC spokesperson re: the edited iPlayer version of Olivia Rodrigo’s set yesterday:
“The decision to edit this section of the performance was made solely because of the strong language used throughout.
“There were no other factors involved in this decision.”
Should pretty much put the matter to bed.
13:00 , Louis Chilton
I don’t really think Paul McCartney had anything to answer for after last night.
But nonetheless, some Wings-averse misanthropes have complained about the setlist, and Piers Morgan – who else? – has taken it upon himself to defend the Beatles icon.
12:40 , Louis Chilton
Some nice and innocuous celeb sightings for you…
Patrick Smith, The Independent’s culture editor, says he clocked Jessie Buckley “throwing shapes” last night at the Park backstage bar, and saw the Haim sisters dancing low with Alexa Chung. Mel C was there too.
In the Rabbit Hole, people were apparently “clustering” around Noel Gallagher, while Sienna Miller was chatting away in hospitality behind the Pyramid Stage.
12:20 , Louis Chilton
Charming little anecdote from Ben Bryant, who’s on site at Worthy Farm:
Ashlee, who runs a lost property office on site, has been telling me about some of the items that have been turned in over the weekend.
Among the most surprising was a single ten pound note (as yet unclaimed).
She has also taken receipt – and she has promised me she is not making this up – of a live tortoise.
“And we found its owner!” she says excitedly.
12:00 , Louis Chilton
That said, if you want to find out more about stage times, you can see our article below.
Or, if you want the full cahuna, visit the Glasto website itself.
11:42 , Louis Chilton
Thought this might be useful… a rundown of stage times for the Pyramid today…
Can’t do this for every stage, I’m afraid – there’s too dang many!
11:21 , Louis Chilton
Another nice little pic from Worthy Farm this morning.
Wonder if the rolling hangovers might be starting to take a toll…
11:06 , Louis Chilton
Seems like thousands of people have walked away from McCartney’s set last night calling it the best gig they’ve ever seen.
I’m not sure Jess Phillips MP is one of them…
10:40 , Louis Chilton
More on the confusion surrounding BBC iPlayer’s broadcast of Olivia Rodrigo’s set yesterday.
Viewers were left confused after iPlayer omitted a protest song by Rodrigo and Lily Allen from its highlights coverage.
The clip was, however, uploaded to YouTube on the official BBC account.
10:20 , Louis Chilton
Quite a heartwarming picture, this:
10:00 , Louis Chilton
Here’s our look at today’s weather in Worthy Farm.
09:40 , Louis Chilton
Social media’s absolutely full of praise for the McCartney set last night.
At 80 years old, the man still knows how to deliver.
09:20 , Louis Chilton
Something to chew on after last night…
The Beatles albums ranked in order of greatness:
09:00 , Louis Chilton
The former Beatle made the gesture in a display of solidarity with the country amid its ongoing war with Russia.
While McCartney held the Ukraine flag, he was also flanked by bandmates holding the Union Flag and an LGBT+ pride flag.
08:45 , Louis Chilton
Looks a lot emptier than last night…
08:20 , Louis Chilton
What a moment from last night’s show…
Towards the end of his marathon Pyramid Stage concert, the former Beatle performed “I’ve Got a Feeling”, with additional vocals from his late bandmate.
“I know it’s virtual,” he told the crowd, “but there I am singing with John again, we’re back together”.
Fans question BBC censorship of Olivia Rodrigo-Lily Allen Roe v Wade protest
08:00 , Maanya Sachdeva
Glastonbury fans have criticised the BBC for leaving a protest song by Olivia Rodrigo and Lily Allen about the overturning of Roe v Wade in the US out of its highlights coverage.
Through her performance on the Other Stage, the “drivers license” singer brought out special guest Allen for a rendition of the latter’s 2009 hit “F*** You”.
Twitter users early Sunday morning (26 June) pointed out the BBC’s (which is broadcasting the festival live) decision not to include the song in its highlights coverage – with some expressing newfound respect for Rodrigo and Allen, while others questioning the BBC’s decision to edit out the “era-defining” moment.