Fans unhappy that Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Glastonbury wasn’t live-streamed

Ellis-Bextor opened the famed Pyramid Stage on Sunday

Sophie Ellis-Bextor opened the famed Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2023 today (Sunday, June 25), but fans aren’t happy that the set wasn’t live-streamed.

Following the end of Ellis-Bextor’s set today, fans took to social media to voice their disappointment that her performance wasn’t broadcast on the BBC’s iPlayer. Instead, a rerun of Saturday’s Pretenders set was shown.

Ellis-Bextor was the first artist to play the Pyramid Stage on Sunday, following the Bristol Reggae Orchestra And Windrush Choir, with many fans regarding her as the stage’s opening act for the day.


Check out several tweets about Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s set below.

Pulling a huge early morning crowd to the Pyramid Stage, Ellis-Bextor marked her set as a celebration of Kitchen Disco – the lockdown phenomenon that “brought us all the way to the Pyramid Stage and bloody Glastonbury,” she said,  “it’s bonkers”.


Calling the show very much “a family affair”, her band features herhusband (Richard Jones of The Feeling) –and it’s their anniversary today – as well as her brother, with four of her five children are side of stage with the other adorning the backdrop.

She delivered classics by the likes of Moloko and Madonna, “taking us to church” with ‘Like A Prayer.

“Glastonbury, have I done my job?” she offered as her set drawers to a close, introducing  ‘Murder On The Dancefloor’. “Are you ready for the final day of the best festival on Earth?”

Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Glastonbury 2023 setlist was:

  1. ‘Take Me Home’ (Cher cover)
  2. ‘Young Blood’
  3. ‘Get Over You’
  4. ‘Lady’ (Modjo cover)
  5. ‘Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)’ (Spiller cover)
  6. ‘Sing It Back’ (Moloko cover)
  7. ‘Crying at the Discotheque’ (Alcatraz cover)
  8. ‘Like A Prayer’ (Madonna cover)
  9. ‘Heartbreak (Make Me A Dancer)’ (Freemasons cover)
  10. ‘Murder on the Dancefloor’

Today marks the final day of Glastonbury 2023, which will be headlined by Elton John, who will be playing his final show in the UK.

So far, four special guests have been confirmed for Elton John’s set, though who they are is anyone’s guess. Fans are speculating, however, that Britney Spears could appear during the set following hints that she’s posted on social media.

Earlier today, it was announced that Japanese Breakfast was unable to make her 12:30pm set at The Other Stage over travel delays. She was replaced by Eaves Wilder. Similarly, the stage’s opening act The Joy also cancelled their performance, which was scheduled to kick off at 11am. The Joy were replaced by Mother Sky.

Check out all the latest from Glastonbury 2023 on the NME liveblog here, and see more news, reviews, photos, interviews and more here.

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