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Diana Ross re-confirmed for Glastonbury 2022 legends slot following two years of Covid cancellations


Diana Ross has confirmed she will play the legends slot at next year’s Glastonbury Festival.

The Motown icon was originally due to play the coveted spot in 2020 but it has been called off due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Glastonbury was cancelled again this year, but Ms Ross said she would finally take to the Pyramid Stage on 26 June 2022.

“I’m so excited and grateful to finally know that I’ll be seeing you at Glastonbury,” she said in a statement.

Co-organiser Emily Eavis said she was “thrilled” that the singer, known for hits including “Upside Down” and “I’m Coming Out”, would appear at Worthy Farm.

Crowds as Kylie Minogue played the coveted slot in 2019. Diana Ross will take to the Pyramid Stage next year (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

“We were so excited to book such a legend for Glastonbury 2020 and are so happy that she’s the first to re-confirm for next year,” said Ms Eavis.

The prestigious Sunday slot often draws huge crowds, with Dolly Parton‘s 2014 appearance attracting the event’s biggest ever audience.

The last person to play the slot was Kylie Minogue, whose performance became the BBC’s most-watched Glastonbury event of all time, with 3.9 million people tuning in.

So far, the only other confirmed act for the festival, which starts on June 22, is Billie Eilish, who will be the youngest ever solo act to top the bill.

The 2020 line-up had been due to see artists including Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar and Sir Paul McCartney take to the stage.

Back in August, Glastonbury founder and co-organiser Michael Eavis told ITV that he hoped the “big names” who were set to play in 2020 would be confirmed for next year.

“We’ve got the big names coming back I think – the same bands that we had lined up three years ago, or hopefully, fingers crossed,” he said.

Last week, Ms Ross, 77, released her latest album Thank You, recorded at her home studio during the pandemic. It is on course to enter the UK Top 10 on Friday.

She originally shot to fame with The Supremes in the 1960s, before splitting from the group in 1970.

Since then, she has gained more than 50 UK chart hits, including Endless Love and Chain Reaction.



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