Lily Allen restarts ‘Cherylgate’ at Glastonbury

The Specials also reform for singer's Pyramid Stage set

Lily Allen restarted her feud with Girls Aloud member Cheryl Cole (nee Tweedy) today (June 23) during her second Glastonbury performance of the weekend.

As previously reported ‘Cherylgate’ was a war of words that developed between the singer and the Girls Aloud star, which included Allen suggesting Cole didn’t sing live at her gigs, and Cole responding that Allen would never play arenas.

Despite blogging that she had ‘moved on’ from it, Allen dedicated the song ‘Cheryl Tweedy’ to “someone VERY unspecial”.


She then changed the lyrics from: “I wish I looked just like Cheryl Tweedy” to “I’m glad I don’t look like fucking Cheryl Tweedy.”

Allen was in a combative mood before she played ‘Everything’s Just Wonderful’.

She said: “This song’s about sticking your fingers up at the man- mortgage lenders, poli-fucking-ticians and America in general. I personally get put down by fashion magazine editors. I don’t want to be a skinny bitch anyway.”

The singer also brought two original members of The Specials back together.

She introduced Lynval Golding onstage for a version of ‘Blank Expression’ and then brought Terry Hall onstage.

Golding said it was the first time the two had been onstage together for 22 years as they then played their classic single ‘Gangsters’ together.


Allen said playing Glastonbury had a very special resonance for her.

She said: “I’ve been coming to Glastonbury for 22 years. The first time was when I was five months old and my parents were selling beer out of the back of their car. It was pretty embarrassing.”

It was a family affair for Allen when she brought her brother Alfie onstage for closer ‘Alfie’.

Lily Allen played:


‘Nan You’re A Window Shopper’

‘Shame For You’

‘Everything’s Just Wonderful’

‘Littlest Things’

‘Cheryl Tweedy’

‘Not Big’

‘Blank Expression’


‘Sunday Morning’

‘Friday Night’

‘Knock Em Out’


‘Heart Of Glass’


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