With tickets, tents and plenty of booze in hand, over 200,000 music enthusiasts arrived at Worthy Farm in England to this year’s Glastonbury Festival.
The first day of the iconic musical extravaganza brought the heat in more ways than one, as the legendary festival returned after a two-year delay.
Fans were left to wait patiently after the much-anticipated 50th birthday party scheduled for 2020 was canceled due to the pandemic…and then again the following year.
But if there is any consolation, it was definitely worth the wait.
Billie Eilish, Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar are set to headline Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively, while Diana Ross will take the place of Sunday legends.
But it wouldn’t be a normal festival without some last-minute disruptions.
The ongoing rail strikes this week that have overtaken the UK have caused problems for some after 40,000 staff staged a walkout on Tuesday and planned to do the same on Thursday and Saturday.
Those who made it to the festival successfully, however, are in for a weekend of nonstop music action.
The first day of the festival – which runs until Sunday June 26 – set the tone for the whole weekend as several DJ sets popped up across Worthy Farm throughout the day as more more music lovers were arriving.
Thursday’s biggest bands are set to take to the Glade stage for a day of classic bangers.
“Cola” hitmakers Camelphat are set to close out the night as the final act of the day. Before them, British musician Franky Wah will delight fans with an electric dance set.
Other performers on the day include an exclusive DJ hybrid performance, as well as one of house music’s most famous founding fathers, Marshall Jefferson, who has been a key performer in the Chicago music scene from the start. .
“BMW” hitmakers Bad Boy Chiller Crew will take to The Rabbit Hole stage to cap off the evening.
Friday’s first headlining night is guaranteed to be a hit with concertgoers and couch-watchers alike.
Billie Eilish will crown the evening as the last act of the day. The Academy Award and seven-time Grammy Award winner is set to perform her greatest hits — old and new — during her hour-and-a-half set on the Pyramid Stage.
Up-and-coming British singer Sam Fender will heat up the stage for Eilish.
English rock band Foals will be heading to Other Stage as fans can expect the band to rock the crowd with their new song, ‘2am’.
On the West Holts Stage, British rapper and star of Netflix’s “Top Boy” Little Simz will deliver an energetic rap set.
The one and only Paul McCartney is the headliner for the festival’s fourth day of action.
Set to hit the Pyramid Stage last, McCartney will perform hot on the heels of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – a band made up of Oasis star Gallagher, guitarist Russell Pritchard, drummer Chris Sharrock and keyboardist Mikey Rowe.
Before that, fans will be able to see the Haim sisters perform their hits during their hour-long set. They will take over the stage after British grime rapper AJ Tracey.
On Other Stage, Megan Thee Stallion is sure to excite festival-goers with her flirtatious rap set.
Olivia Rodrigo, the hitmaker of “Good 4 u”, will also perform on Other Stage, as well as the British group Glass Animals, known for their mega hit, “Heat Waves”.
Fourteen-time Grammy Award winner Kendrick Lamar – who is also a Pulitzer Prize winner for music – will take to the Pyramid Stage as the festival’s final headliner on Sunday.
Lamar’s performance comes hot on the heels of the release of his new album, “Mr. Morale and big steps.
Elsewhere, icon Diana Ross will take the place of Sunday tea time legends before Lorde’s performance on the main stage.
On Other Stage, country star Kacey Musgraves will perform during her hour-long set.
“Boom Clap” hitmaker Charlie XCX will grace the John Peel Stage for an hour and 15 minute set.