This years Glastonbury festival will be headlined by Kendrick Lamar and Paul McCartney. They join previously announced headliner Billie Eilish at the U.K. event, which takes place on June 22-26. Both McCartney and Lamar were booked to play at the festival last year before it was canceled due to production issues linked to the COVID pandemic.
In addition to the headliners, Glastonbury rolled out a raft of line-up additions on Friday with more than half of the 89 new names comprising of women artists. Chief among them are Olivia Rodrigo, Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion, TLC, Arlo Parks, Mitski, Clairo, Jessie Ware, Tems, Phoebe Bridgers, Kacey Musgraves, Lorde, Little Simz, and Charli XCX.
Speaking to the BBC in 2020 festival co-organiser Emily Eavis stated that gender parity was the way forward for Glastonbury line-ups. “Our future has to be 50/50,” she told the BBC at the time. Diana Ross will take the hugely popular Sunday “teatime legend” position this year. Previous artists to have taken the slot include Dolly Parton and Lionel Richie.
The eclectic festival, which hosts 250,000 people on Worthy Farm in Sussex, will feature a myriad of bands across four days of live music including Wolf Alice, TURNSTILE, Idles, Wet Leg, Metronomy, HAIM, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Glass Animals, Foals, Fontaines D.C., Black Midi, and Big Thief.
Headliner McCartney will turn 80 prior to the festival in June, making him the oldest person to top the bill in its history. 20-year-old Eilish, meanwhile, will be the youngest ever headliner.