And we’re back! After a prolonged absence, Glastonbury Festival kicked off yesterday (June 22) welcoming punters back to Worthy Farm for the first time since 2019. This year’s headliners Billie Eilish, Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar will entertain the 200,000 punters who made the trip to Somerset, alongside Sam Fender, Olivia Rodrigo, Megan Thee Stallion, and many, many more.
Team NME are on site to cover all the action so stay tuned in to the site and our socials for the latest highlights from the best festival in world…
Day one: baby’s first Glasto!
The gates are open and the festival’s youngest (probably?) entrant is ready to rock and roll.
Day one: she said yes!
A beautiful moment up on The Park hill: congratulations to Ed and Chelsea!
Day one: gone but not forgotten
The Lotus Flower is dedicated to those who’ve left us over the last few years, and memories or situations that they wish to move on from. Goers can place messages in the structure all weekend before it’s set alight on Sunday.
Day one: power shower
Wednesday’s weather was a scorcher – but all doesn’t look so rosy for the remaining days. Stay tuned to the latest weather updates here.
Day one: it’s all happening at The Park
Punters flock The Park’s sunny hill to soak up some rays and drinks.
Day one: the setting sun
A gorgeous sunset rounds out rowdy day one.
Day two: a moment of serenity
Glasto’s crowd take a moment of meditation in the Healing Fields after lugging their kit about
Day two: Let It Bleep
Over in the Shangri-La field, Ai-DA – the world’s first robot artist – is generating images of this year’s lineup including Paul McCartney. Talk about RAM!
Day two: Viva Glasto Forever
Mel C’s set felt like the official opening party to Glastonbury, mashing up Spice Girls, Nirvana and Pulp for an hour of back-to-back bangers at William’s Green.
Day two: Tom Ogden raising a tinnie backstage to Mel C
Say You’ll Beer There!
Day two: top of her game
It’s the summer of Nia Archives. Here’s the winner of Best Producer at the BandLab NME Awards 2022 mashing up the Glasto crowd on Thursday afternoon, the first of many sets this weekend
Day two: it’s The Boss
Festival founder Michael Eavis returned for his customary set at William’s Green, covering Elvis and more.
Day two: Happy Pride Month!
This year, the Greenpeace Fields are celebrating LGBTQ+ communities all around the world.
Day two: the Spider is primed for a huuuge party
Day two: Piri and Tommy get loved-up backstage
N’awww, just look how happy they are!
Day two: before jumping on-stage at Lonely Hearts Club
The drum ’n’ bass duo put on a knock-out performance.
Day two: Dan Smith is jumping for joy
Day two: Elvana take over William’s Green
The mash-up you didn’t know you needed!
Day three: The Libertines open the Other Stage for 2022
The Likely Lads kicked off our Friday.
Day three: all together now!
After catching up with NME, the Inhaler boys hang out backstage.
Day three: English Teacher boss the John Peel Stage
The Leeds band delivered a triumphant and radiant performance on Friday morning. Check out our report of the set here.
Day three: Griff stops by
Ahead of her John Peel show, Griff stopped by for a few snaps and a chat.
Day three: Sigrid strikes a pose
When writing new album ‘How to Let Go’, Sigrid had Glastonbury Festival in mind. It’s safe to say she’s excited to perform it on the farm this weekend!
Day three: Wet Leg pack out The Park
The buzzy band brought in a huge audience during their afternoon set.
Day three: there’s no place like home
We’re so happy to be back in the place where we all belong.
Day three: Confidence Man get their big suits on
It’s a look that screams ‘Stop Making Sense’-era David Byrne. We’re into it!
Day three: oh we do like to be beside the seaside…
Festival-goers wander down the pier at Glastonbury-on-Sea.
Day three: he’s behind you!
Day three: it’s a big ‘ol guitar dual!
St Vincent and touring band member Jason Falkner lock into battle on The Other Stage.
Day three: IDLES get stuck right in
Best crowd of the weekend so far?
Day three: Arlo Parks gets her flowers
Arlo Parks brought a slice of sunshine to the Park Stage.
Day three: it’s all smiles around here
Glastonbury punters get in the party spirit.
Day three: heeeere’s Phoebe!
Over on the John Peel Stage, Phoebe Bridgers put on a powerful performance – with a surprise appearance from Arlo Parks.
Day three: and we have lift off!
Show us your special moves!
Day three: Sam gets his Pyramid Stage moment
Sam Fender’s Glastonbury debut got the five-star treatment here at NME.
Day three: Foals headline the Other Stage
Fresh from releasing new album ‘Life Is Yours’, the Oxford band smashed a career-spanning set.
Day three: We love you Foals, we do
Confetti washed over the crowd at The Other Stage as Foals wrapped up their triumphant performance. Read our review of the show here.
Day three: Billie Eilish made history
Day three: welcome to Billiemania
Eilish lead a wealth of singalongs through her biggest hits, and rounded off with a massive ‘Happier Than Ever’.
Day four: back to ‘Brutalism’
IDLES made their second appearance of the festival, kicking off Saturday with a secret set at the BBC Introducing tent that saw them play their debut album ‘Brutalism’ in full.
Day four: ready to rock and roll
Yungblud got in the mood for his Glastonbury debut by taking in a traditional festival bev among the canvas.
Day four: Tems gives us a toothy grin
Hotly-tipped Nigerian singer Tems delivered a performance on the Other Stage that ticked the boxes of both tear-jerking and joyful.
Day four: pucker up!
Here’s Yungblud, ready for a smooch.
Day four: reduce, reuse, recycle
Electropop icon Róisín Murphy took Glastonbury’s eco-friendly stance to heart backstage and made herself a fetching new cloak.
Day four: Holly Humberstone conquered the John Peel Stage
The fast-rising singer-songwriter overcame nerves to deliver a stunning performance. Read our review here.
Day four: Beabadoobee hung out with NME backstage
The Dirty Hit signee found some shelter from the sun blazing across Worthy Farm.
Day four: It’s AJ Tracey, live and direct
The UK rap star brought a killer rock band to his Pyramid Stage debut.
Day four: Greta Thunberg makes a special appearance
The environmental activist embraced the spirit of her first Glastonbury, leading her very own chant; “when I say climate, you say justice!”
Day four: Leon Bridges looked achingly cool
Fresh from his massive set at the West Holts stage, the American soul star posed for our team of snappers.
Day four: Easy Life share a kiss backstage
Day four: Brighton rapper ArrDee is in the house
… and ready to raise the salute to Glastonbury at its belated 50th birthday bash
Day four: Put your hands up for The Avalanches!
The Australian electronic music giants brought the vibes to the Park stage as the sun started to set on Saturday.
Day four: all hail punk poet John Cooper Clarke
A national treasure took to the stage in the Avalon Field to impart his wit and wisdom on the Glastonbury crowd.
Day four: Holly Humberstone aced her rite of passage set
The fast-rising pop star overcame her nerves to shine on the John Peel stage.
Day four: cheers to Pa Salieu
Coventry’s finest made his mark on the John Peel stage – and brought out Slowthai to boot.
Day four: It’s Haim time!
The ladies of Haim posed for NME backstage.
Day four: The Chief returns
R Kid brought Oasis classics like ‘Wonderwall’ and ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ to a rousing Pyramid Stage set. Read our report here.
Day four: Olivia Rodrigo received a warm welcome to Worthy Farm
For her first big UK performance, the breakthrough pop star of 2021 brought the intense emotions of ‘Sour’ to the Other Stage for a triumphant debut.
Day four: Working for the knife
Mitski‘s performance at The Park was full of theatrics and indie brilliance.
Day four: Heat waves been faking them out
Oxford’s Glass Animals soaked up the sun with a bold late afternoon appearance.
Day four: a real showman
Yungblud delivered in his John Peel stage slot, sharing some of his biggest songs and tracks from his upcoming self-titled album.
Day four: Burning up
Burna Boy surveyed the crowd as he reigned on the Other Stage.
Day four: The Hot Girl Coach
Megan Thee Stallion topped the bill on the Other Stage, making her bid for a future Pyramid headline set.
Day four: the return of Jamie T
It might have been five years since Jamie T was on the circuit, but he hasn’t lost any of his magic touch when it comes to rowdy performances.
Day four: Come on baby now!
Paul McCartney held a belated 80th birthday celebration and ran through some of his most iconic songs to close out Saturday.
Day four: with a little help from their friends
Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen both joined Macca for his big Pyramid bash.
Day five: peek-a-boo!
Declan Mckenna stopped by for a brew with NME before bringing out his friends for his Other Stage set.
Day five: open up the pit!
Noughties pop legends McFly packed out the Pyramid stage with a rocky romp through their greatest hits.
Day five: may the force be with you
Star Wars fans at the Other Stage come equipped to cope with for the Glastonbury dust.
Day five: blonde ambition
Lorde shared her brand new hairstyle with a Pyramid Stage crowd.
Day five: golden hour
It was another beautiful day on Worthy Farm, defying forecasts of rain.
Day five: JARV IS live at Glastonbury
Jarvis Cocker cuts a stylish figure in double denim.
Day five: Charli put us under a spell…
Charli XCX adopted her best Stranger Things stance in a packed-out John Peel tent.
Day five: rock on!
The Baltimore band fought off stiff competition from Kacey Musgraves and McFly to showcase a gravity-defying set.
Day five: an octopus’ garden…
It wouldn’t be Glastonbury without some creative fancy dress.
Day five: reaching for the stars
Over on The Park stage, Caroline Polachek sent good vibrations back out into the Glastonbury crowd.
Day five: a living legend
Herbie Hancock’s mid-afternoon set on the Pyramid Stage was a performance for the ages.
Day five: a weekend of absolute bliss
Sunday afternoon at the John Peel Stage was made for those beautiful, arms-around-shoulders festival moments.
Day five: King Kendrick sits atop his throne
The Compton rapper pulled out all the stops for his triumphant headline slot, in a killer two-hour show full of every single one of the hits. Read our five-star review here.
Day five: Kendrick led a powerful chant
“They judge you, they judged Christ. Godspeed for women’s rights”, he repeated after closer ‘Savior’, referencing the Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade (June 24).
Day five: same time next year?
It’s over and out for this year’s Glastonbury. We really can’t wait to see you in 2023.
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