Glastonbury: ‘The best place on earth’ returns after hiatus
Glastonbury Festival 2022 is underway, with music fans from around the world flocking to Worthy Farm in Somerset, England.
After Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis opened the gates on Wednesday 22 June, revellers have been setting up their tents ahead of the live music sets beginning on Friday.
This year’s festival is being headlined by Gen-Z pop star Billie Eilish, Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney and US rapper Kendrick Lamar, with Diana Ross taking on the traditional Legends Slot.
Mercury Prize-winning rock band Wolf Alice are booked to perform on the Pyramid Stage on Friday at 4.45pm, but fans are worried after the group tweeted about their struggles getting to the UK.
The group had finished performing in LA and were due to fly back today (Thursday 23 June). However, they tweeted in the early hours of the morning that their flight had been cancelled, amid ongoing travel chaos at UK airports.
The Independent has contacted the band’s representatives for comment.
Meanwhile, the Met Office is forecasting thunderstorms that could potentially hit festivalgoers today (23 June).
Follow live updates below:
Glastonbury secret sets – what are the rumours?
Fans are already buzzing as they flock to Worthy Farm for this year’s festival.
The 2022 schedule currently includes huge names like Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish and Diana Ross, but there are still a few spaces left for some surprise performances.
Past secret sets have seen the likes of Lady Gaga, Franz Ferdinand and Pulp perform.
Aside from word of mouth, news of who the TBA performers has been known to travel via Twitter account @Secretglasto, which claims to notify followers of suspected performances a few hours before they start.
Check out the rumoured secret sets so far:
Roisin O’Connor23 June 2022 14:05
‘Anyone got a private jet?’: Wolf Alice trying to get to Glastonbury Festival after flight from LA cancelled
Wolf Alice have issued a plea for help after a flight cancellation has left them stranded in the US, ahead of their scheduled performance at this weekend’s Glastonbury Festival.
However, according to messages shared on social media ahead of the festival weekend, their appearance is currently in jeopardy as they are unable to find a flight to get them to the UK on time.
“Has anyone got a private jet in LA?” the band tweeted late on Wednesday (22 June).
“Our flight’s been cancelled and we need to get to Glastonbury, not joking.”
Roisin O’Connor23 June 2022 13:56
When is Paul McCartney performing at Glastonbury and what time is he on?
Sir Paul McCartney is one of the headliners for Glastonbury 2022.
The Worthy Farm music festival returns this weekend for the first time since 2019, with the 50th anniversary in 2020 and last year’s festival both having been cancelled due to the pandemic.
The former Beatle will perform the Pyramid Stage on Saturday (25 June) at 9.30pm for an epic two hour 15 minute set, which will end at 11.45pm.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of his performance!
Roisin O’Connor23 June 2022 13:47
From Herbie Hancock to the Healing Fields: 18 highlights for Glastonbury Festival 2022
After a three-year hiatus, Glastonbury is back and bigger than ever.
Every Glastonbury weekend, the transformation of Worthy Farm from a West Country dairy farm into the glorious festival site never fails to wow. Bars within bars, areas within areas, and festivals within festivals offer ticket holders a Russian doll of silliness and surrealism. The centre of which you’ll probably never reach – at least not without a comprehensive plan.
Planning is probably the least sexy part of festival-going, but you’ve paid the money and waited the years, so it’s time to milk Glastonbury for every absurd activity and secret spot it has to offer. From where to get the perfect pint to the woodland oasis awaiting tired, hungover bodies, here’s our pick of highlights for this year’s Glastonbury.
Roisin O’Connor23 June 2022 13:36
As revellers pour through the gates of Worthy Farm for Glastonbury 2022, celebrations are underway for the festival’s belated 50th anniversary celebrations.
Glastonbury turned 50 in 2020, having begun as the Pilton Pop, Folk and Blues Festival in September 1970 with 1,500 people in attendance. Admission cost £1, which included free camping and free milk.
Take a look at some defining images of Glastonbury from over the years.
Roisin O’Connor23 June 2022 13:17
‘The earthy magic and lawless energy of being a child at Glastonbury festival’
Our very own Adam White wrote this beautiful piece about his memories of attending Glastonbury as a child, and being more interested in seeing The Corrs than Courtney Love, and being spellbound by the colours, noise and fire-breathing spiders.
Roisin O’Connor23 June 2022 12:58
Glastonbury weather report
Weather experts are providing regular updates on the current forecasts for Worthy Farm (or, more specifically, the nearest village of Pilton) during the five-day event.
You can see below for the latest rundown of what the weather is forecasted to be throughout the Glastonbury period, per Accuweather.
At the moment, it’s looking OK… although they’re forecasting thunderstorms for this afternoon (eek!). I hope everyone’s packed their wellies.
Roisin O’Connor23 June 2022 12:43
Hello and welcome to The Independent’s liveblog for Glastonbury 2022!
Despite my dread at the prospect of zero hours sleep this weekend, I couldn’t be more thrilled to be steering our coverage from home while our intrepid writers – Patrick Smith, Megan Graye, Ben Bryant, Isobel Lewis, Mark Beaumont, Serena Kutchinsky and Jacob Stolworthy – make their way to Worthy Farm (some of them are already there).
Over the next four days, we’ll be providing you with constant updates from the festival, plus photos, video, secret set rumours and other surprise announcements, AND reviews of the headliners and many other artists performing across the weekend.
Everyone ready? Then let’s go!
Roisin O’Connor23 June 2022 12:14