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From Lily Allen To Paul McCartney: The Best Moments From Glastonbury 2022

From Charli XCX achieving nuclear fission to Wolf Alice almost missing the whole thing, here's what went down this year.

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It’s officially party o’clock over in Europe right now, with the iconic Glastonbury music festival going ahead IRL for the first time since 2019.

While I’m already up to my eyeballs in envy from second-hand Instagram stories of lucky friends on European summer holidays, missing Glastonbury’s stacked lineup is making me want to vomit with rage.

If you were stuck in Aus, here’s a breakdown of the festival’s biggest moments so you can anticipate your sunburnt pal’s talking points when they’re back in the land down under.

Wolf Alice Nearly Missed Their Slot

If you’re a professional or just semi-pro: playing in a band is basically just being very late all the time.

Last week, UK locals Wolf Alice were happily touring Los Angeles with New Jersey rock outfit Bleachers. As the band prepared to depart the US for their scheduled Glastonbury performance, disaster struck when their flight to England was unceremoniously cancelled.

Wolf Alice’s desperation worsened to the point where the band began to reach out via social media in the hopes of acquiring a private jet. Somehow Wolf Alice managed to get it together in the nick of time, arriving on stage just in time for their set.

Honestly, Ellie Rowsell’s audible puffing as if she had just run from Bristol airport just makes the band more relatable.

Caroline Polachek and Charli XCX Brought The House Down

In the context of this decade, festival collaborations are as predictable as protons attracting neutrons. With besties Caroline Polachek and Charli XCX playing at the same festival, there was no question that the pair would grace one another’s stages at some point in the evening. However, the resulting rendition of ‘New Shapes’ exceeded everyone’s expectations, with the pair’s dynamic performance generating more heat than nuclear fission.

Kendrick Lamar Performs With Crown Of Thorns, Blasts Abortion Laws

Fresh from releasing his latest album Mr Morale & The Big Steppers to almost universal critical acclaim, we were all pretty excited to see what K dot could do with the material live. While Kendrick’s closing performance at Glastonbury was predominately back-catalogue heavy, it brought all of the dramatic visual metaphors that we’ve come to love and respect from the rapper.

But can’t we just have a nice little festival weekend without something utterly deranged happening in America? Apparently not, as many stars at the festival were forced to grapple with the significance of Roe V Wade’s being overturned.

While Olivia Rodrigo brought up none other than Lily Allen to help blast the judges on the Supreme Court during her set, Lamar weighed in on the decision in the final moments of this Glastonbury set.

Lorde Simply Stuns

Kiwi musician and professional shusher Lorde made her return to Glastonbury this year, debuting new material from last year’s album Solar Power and a new haircut! Lorde is blonde now! It looks great!

Aside from also speaking out against the Roe V Wade ruling, Lorde brought up friends Arlo Parks and Clairo to perform a stripped-back version of ‘Stoned At The Nail Salon’.

Paul McCartney Brought John Lennon Back From The Dead

The ex-Beatle’s headline Glastonbury performance also coincided with his 80th birthday, making McCartney the oldest person to ever headline the festival. The three-hour show covered the length and breadth of McCartney’s work, featuring Beatle’s classics like ‘Let it Be’ as well as Wing’s mainstay ‘Live and Let Die’.

Thanks to some tech wizardry, McCartney was able to perform a live duet with deceased bandmate John Lennon after a suggestion from Lord Of The Rings director Peter Jackson. McCartney was thrilled when Jackson — who recently directed the Beatles doco ‘Get Back’ for Disney + — got in touch to explain how he’d figured out a way to reunite the pair.

“That’s so special for me, man. I know it’s virtual but come on — it’s John. We’re back together.”