Glastonbury – Friday highlights: From Billie Eilish attacking Supreme Court to Paul McCartney’s surprise gig

Day three of the festival has included jaw-dropping live sets, along with a special address from Ukraine’s president Zelensky

Tom Murray
Friday 24 June 2022 23:17 BST
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Phoebe Bridgers says f*** the Supreme Court at Glastonbury 2022

Day three of Glastonbury Festival is almost over, and there have been plenty of significant moments.

Aged 20, Billie Eilish became the Worthy Farm festival’s youngest-ever solo headliner when she took to the Pyramid Stage. Check out the full TV schedule of live coverage here.

Aside, from Eilish, today’s performers included Crowded House, Little Simz and Wolf Alice who made it to the UK after worrying fans by announcing their flight from LA had been cancelled.

As we know, Glastonbury is not just about the music and Friday has seen plenty of big moments outside the artists’ stages.

Scroll down for the highlights of day three at Glastonbury – follow the latest updates here.

Billie Eilish says it’s a ‘dark day for women in the US’ following the Roe vs Wade decision

In her record-breaking headline set, 20-year-old Eilish said, “Today is a really dark day for women in the US,” before a performance of her song “Your Power”.

“I’m just gonna say that because I can't bear to think about it any longer in this moment.”

Phoebe Bridgers led a chorus of ‘F*** the Supreme Court’

Phoebe Bridgers
Phoebe Bridgers (AFP via Getty Images)

Bridgers, who recently shared that she had an abortion last year, stopped her performance on the John Peel Stage to say: “It’s super surreal, but I’m having the s****iest time.

After asking if there were any fellow Americans in the audience, Bridgers said: “Who wants to say, ‘F*** the Supreme Court?’ One, two... F*** THE SUPREME COURT,” to bellows of agreement from her audience.

She also sent the crowd into meltdown by dedicating her song “Sidelines” to her boyfriend, Normal People star Paul Mescal. Screaming ensued.

Sir Paul McCartney delivered a surprise performance ahead of his Glastonbury headline set

McCartney played to an intimate crowd of 800 people at the Cheese and Grain entertainment venue in Frome, Somerset.

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The 80-year-old former member of The Beatles’ performance was announced the day before on Thursday (23 June), with “first come first served” tickets selling out in under an hour.

McCartney’s set on Saturday will be his second time on the Pyramid Stage bill after a performance in 2004.

Bridgers and Arlo Parks earn rave reviews

Bridgers earned a five-star review from The Independent’s Patrick Smith, who wrote: “To have emerged from it dry-eyed was just about inconceivable.”

In her four-star review for Arlo Parks, Megan Graye wrote: “the Mercury Prize-winning artist beams from the Park Stage with such confidence that you’re almost convinced it was named after her”.

Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky made a video address to festivalgoers

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses festivalgoers via a video link during Glastonbury festival
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses festivalgoers via a video link during Glastonbury festival (AFP via Getty Images)

The Ukrainian president opened the Other Stage on Friday morning ahead of The Libertines’ set.

In videos shared on social media, Zelensky addressed the crowds, telling them: “Glastonbury is the greatest concentration of freedom these days and I ask you to share this feeling with everyone whose freedom is under attack...

“Help Ukrainians who are forced to flee their homes because of the war... Put pressure on all the politicians you know to help restore peace in Ukraine.”

Read more here.

Domino’s delivered pizzas to Glastonbury punters stuck in traffic

Domino's delivers pizzas to Glastonbury punters stuck in huge traffic queues

Domino’s shared headcam footage of one of their moped drivers delivering pizza to a hungry festivalgoer stuck in traffic on the way to Worthy Farm.

“If this isn’t my favourite delivery driver to date,” the punter wrote on Twitter alongside her own footage of the moment.

Kae Tempest and Wet Leg receive four-stars apiece while Plastic Mermaids hit the big five

In his review of Tempest, Ben Bryan described the poet-turned-rapper as “a gassed-up preacher in a black tunic”.

In his Plastic Mermaids review, Patrick Smith lauded the band’s “swelling, syncopated” sound. “A wonderful set.”

At Wet Leg, Mark Beaumont praised the duo for proving that “it’s indie pop’s turn back at the help of the zeitgeist”.

Read The Independent’s live coverage from Glastonbury here.

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