Photo by Andrew Allcock

After a three-year break due to the pandemic, the anticipation and excitement for the world’s best music festival is palpable. People start flocking to Worthy Farm on Wednesday 22nd June to attend Glastonbury Festival 2022. I’ve been to this festival a handful of times before and it has never been this busy on the Wednesday, this shows the level of commitment and excitement amongst the audience who will not be deterred by train strikes that have wreaked havoc on the UK this week.

Friday was all about the girls. I kicked off the day with indie rock duo Wet Leg who played the Park Stage and bought nothing but good vibes and cheeky lyrics, considering this is their first Glastonbury performance they really held their own and handled it like pros. Wolf Alice were up next on Pyramid Stage, after some transportation issues the band had announced, that they were not going to make their set as they were in the US and struggling to get back on home soil, but at the last minute they pulled it out the bag and showed up. Their frontwoman Ellie Roswell bought a confidence I’ve not seen from her before, her performance catapulted her into the leagues of female rock royalty alongside Stevie Nicks and Florence Welch. Now, time for the headline act, I make my way over to West Holts stage and was totally in awe of the talent of Little Simz, bringing her smooth vocals and poetic lyrics she solidified herself as a headline-worthy act and commanded a huge crowd effortlessly.

Saturday, I eased into things with Metronomy on the Other Stage in the afternoon, preparing myself for the evening ahead where I would likely spend most of my time at Arcadia. Headliners for Saturday included Paul McCartney, Jamie T, Megan Thee Stallion and Jessie Ware. I opted to see Jessie Ware who bought a dazzling show with disco-like bangers. That night, I was hearing rave reviews about Megan Thee Stallion’s set, it was a favourite amongst the crowds and clearly one I shouldn’t have missed. Then, I settle in for the night at Arcadia, catching the final part of Four Tet’s set followed by a two-hour set by Calvin Harris with hit after hit.

Come Sunday I wasn’t entirely sure my body could handle another day of walking around Worthy Farm’s 900-acre site. A couple of drinks later I was back to my usual self and enroute to the John Peel Stage to see Sports Team, a London-based rock band whose frontman lacked no energy climbing the stage rigging and crowd surfing. Another highlight from the weekend was Diana Ross, she drew a massive crowd at The Pyramid Stage, the biggest I have ever seen, playing the legends slot on Sunday afternoon, and rolling out all her best hits from ‘Upside Down’ to ‘Baby Love. To close off the weekend, it had to be Kendrick Lamar, a modern-day icon who put on a politically charged show that included dancers that resembled handmaids and pleading for women’s rights following the recent ruling from the US Supreme Court on abortion.

Glastonbury is a festival like no other, it has an air about it that is other worldly and brings people together, it’s even obvious in the acts that play the festival how honoured they are to be there. The male/female split across the line-up was prevalent this year and it shows the level of commitment from the festival organisers to be a leader in making change happen.

Written by Ashleigh Kelly