Glastonbury 2022 – live: Kendrick Lamar fans praise ‘jaw-dropping’ closing set as revellers leave Worthy Farm

Kendrick Lamar performs at Glastonbury

The final day at Glastonbury ended with a jaw-dropping performance by American rapper Kendrick Lamar.

Over the course of five days, fans danced to performances by top artists such as Paul McCartney, Little Simz, Pet Shop Boys, Sam Fender, and Billie Eilish.

On the last day of the festival, George Ezra turned up at the John Peel stage in what was possibly the worst-kept secret set in Glastonbury history, while jazz-fusion legend Herbie Hencock delighted crowds relaxing at the Pyramid stage with a virtuosic performance.

At 4pm, it was time for Diana Ross on the Legends Slot, drawing what has to have been one of the biggest audiences this teatime show has ever seen. The Supremes icon wheeled out all the show-stoppers, from “I’m Coming Out” to “You Can’t Hurry Love”, “Chain Reaction” and “Upside Down”. Unfortunately, some people couldn’t help but grumble about her singing (seriously), prompting many to come out in her defence.

Then we had sets from Elbow, Megan Thee Stallion, McFly, Lorde, DakhaBrakha, Burna Boy, Olivia Rodrigo, and Kacey Musgraves.

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I don’t think anyone will be forgetting this moment from Kendrick Lamar’s Sunday night set any time soon.

Chills-down-your-spine performance artistry, with a pointed political message. Tremendous stuff.

Louis Chilton27 June 2022 15:31


Glastonbury produces more than 2,000 tonnes of waste over the course of its five days.

Louis Chilton27 June 2022 14:56


Another look at the festival site post-cleanup.

Picked clean like a turkey on Christmas…

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And on Friday, we had Billie Eilish, who *also* drew a five-star write-up from our reviewer.

“In its way, Eilish’s headline set is just as significant as Jay-Z’s or Stormzy’s,” writes Mark Beaumont. “Not because she’s the festival’s youngest ever bill-topper, although it certainly lifts the roof off every bedroom Tik-Tokker’s teenage dreams of glory. But because it marks the ascendence of alternative pop: a home-made, personalised imitation of the mainstream that speaks far closer to the actual teenage experience of 2022.

“Certainly more than any amount of ultraconfident, oversexualised break-up bird-flips written by long-in-the-tooth Swedish production teams.

“Alternative pop tones are dark and downbeat, its emotions raw and broken, its concerns doom-laden. Fame is wrought with insecurities, sex is regretful and drugs, when any are mentioned, are generally prescribed for anxiety.”

Louis Chilton27 June 2022 14:00


The day before, we had Paul McCartney: a titan of the industry, delighting fans with a selection of some of the most beloved pop songs ever written.

Mark Beaumont could hardly have been more effusive in his review.

“By the time ‘Live and Let Die’ fills the sky with flames and drama, and ‘Let it Be’ and ‘Hey Jude’ have broken then repaired 100,000 hearts, the show is far and away the best this writer has seen on the Pyramid stage in 30 years of Glastonburies.

“When Macca returns to duet with the isolated Lennon vocal of ‘I’ve Got a Feeling’, creating the closest to a Beatles reunion we’re ever likely to see and giving Glastonbury all the feelings, it’s probably the best I’ve seen on any stage.”

Read the full thing here…

Louis Chilton27 June 2022 13:40


Here’s Ben Bryant’s review of Kendrick Lamar’s stunning headline set last night…

“Billie Eilish had a wild light show. Paul McCartney had Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl. So how does Kendrick Lamar take to the stage? An understated setup, zero guest appearances, wearing a white shirt, black suit trousers and a crown of thorns. He’s half-dressed to his own wedding.

“But what a set. This is so heavy with bangers, it breathes life back into a crowd that’s straining to stay conscious.”

Louis Chilton27 June 2022 13:20


Going to re-plug a few pieces in case anyone missed earlier.

Firstly, here’s our roundup of the entire weekend…

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Speaking of Foals, here’s an interview Philippakis did with The Independent’s Roisin O’Connor shortly before the band’s Glasto set.

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A message to fans from Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis:

“We’ve been lucky enough to have had many life-affirming transcendent moments in this band & Friday’s headline set on the Other Stage was up there with the best of them.

“@glastonbury you healing beast we needed you. What magic to be part of that… foals forever. Life is yours.”

Louis Chilton27 June 2022 12:20


There’s been a lot of grousing on social media about the mess left behind by festival-goers.

Louis Chilton27 June 2022 12:00


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