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Glastonbury 2022 – live: The Libertines open Other Stage as Mel C says Spice Girls would love to play festival



Volodymyr Zelensky makes surprise video appearance at Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury Festival 2022 is underway, with music fans from around the world flocking to Worthy Farm in Somerset, England.

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.

McCartney is playing a pre-festival gig in Somerset tonight, with tickets to the 800 capacity show selling out in under an hour.

Over on The Other Stage, rock band the Libertines opened proceedings after a powerful on-screen speech from Ukraine’s president Zelensky.

Wolf Alice, after worrying fans by announcing their flight from LA had been cancelled, have now officially made it to the UK to perform their set this afternoon.

Meanwhile, the Met Office is forecasting that Friday 24 June will be cloudy, changing to light rain by early evening.

Follow live updates below:

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Chemical Brothers cancel Arcadia set due to Covid

The Chemical Brothers have been forced to cancel their DJ set at Arcadia this evening as Tom is yet to recover from Covid.

Roisin O’Connor24 June 2022 14:51

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Domino’s delivers pizzas to Glastonbury punters stuck in huge traffic queues

Domino’s delivers pizzas to Glastonbury punters stuck in huge traffic queues

Roisin O’Connor24 June 2022 14:47

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Secret Set rumour just in…

Just in via a message in a bottle of Irn Bru… fans of a certain Scottish singer might want to get themselves down the Rabbit Hole at 7pm tomorrow (Saturday)…

Roisin O’Connor24 June 2022 14:36

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Kae Tempest review – Other Stage

“More pressure… release! More pressure… more release!”

Kae Tempest is cooking Worthy Farm with a bass line that simmers and bubbles underfoot. On their heavy January single “More Pressure”, everyone in this crowd is serving as a tuning fork for the 36-year-old’s bars.

The poet-turned-rapper looks supremely comfortable. Their work contains sharp contrasts, veering appreciably from the aggressive to the emotive. Tempest goes hard – but they are also deliriously happy to be here.

“This is such an important part of my summer,” they gush. “I’m so grateful to be here. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Like a gassed-up preacher in a black tunic, they stalk the stage, throwing hands. Tempest really is an artist whose work comes to life when it’s performed live. They are known for their state-of-the-nation addresses, but that’s not all that’s on their mind today.

“Ketamine for breakfast! Bad girls were drinking with! Half-naked in the bakery eating pastries!” they purr on “Ketamine for Breakfast”. It’s supposed to be a moment of poignant reflection on a chaotic past, but there’s no denying that Tempest could be describing half the crowd’s ideal morning at Glastonbury. ★★★★☆

Roisin O’Connor24 June 2022 14:09

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An update from Arlo Parks…

Roisin O’Connor24 June 2022 14:04

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Mel C says the Spice Girls would love to play Glastonbury

The 48-year-old singer, who played Spice Girl anthems Who Do You Think You Are and Spice Up Your Life during her Glastonbury DJ set at Williams Green stage on Thursday evening, described the experience as “insane”.

She told BBC Breakfast: “I didn’t expect it to be as big as it was and as many people to be going as nuts as they did, it was a wonderful introduction to Glastonbury.

“It’s amazing because the wonderful thing about Glastonbury is there is something for everyone, there is so many musical styles and when you drop a Spice Girls song you think: how is it going to go? 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.

Talking about the Spice Girls playing at Glastonbury, she said: “It’s the dream, the absolute dream, we would love to do it.

“The girls and I, we have chatted about it, it’s the biggest stage in the world, we have the best festival in the world right here.”

She added she has a “good feeling” that Beckham, known as Posh Spice, would join them for the gig.

Mel C also said Billie Eilish, who will become the festival’s youngest solo headliner when she hits the Pyramid stage on Friday evening, will “blow everyone away”.

“The thing is, Billie just has it naturally, I think she wrote her first single when she was 14 and since she was a teenager she has been doing big gigs.

Ellie Iorizzo, PA Senior Entertainment Reporter24 June 2022 13:42

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Police at Glastonbury have recorded approximately 85% less crime so far this year compared to the last festival in 2019.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police told the PA news agency this may be because the event has gone largely cashless and attendees are paying using their phones.

As of 11am on Friday, 11 offences had been recorded since the gates of Glastonbury opened early on Wednesday morning, ending a three-year hiatus for the Somerset festival.

Those offences included four incidents of theft, four drug-related offences, one incident of common assault, one incident of criminal damage and one incident of public disorder.

One of the drug-related offences resulted in an arrest.

Alex Green, PA Acting Deputy Entertainment Editor24 June 2022 13:28

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Libertines review – Glastonbury 2022

‘How the tables turn. Once, The Libertines kept the crowds waiting and played as though they could fall apart at any moment. Today – thanks to an 11.30am set that marks the de facto start of Glastonbury – it’s their fans who are rolling in late, bug-eyed and dishevelled.’

Ben Bryant’s brilliant review of the Libertines is live now, check it out:

Roisin O’Connor24 June 2022 13:18

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Wolf Alice have made it to the UK – will they get to Worthy Farm on time?

Wolf Alice have touched down in the UK just hours ahead of their performance at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

Fortunately, they managed to catch another flight and it now seems like they’ll make it by the skin of their teeth!

Roisin O’Connor24 June 2022 12:57



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