Glastonbury is back, baby! After cancelling two years in a row due to COVID, Glastonbury is officially making its main festival return this summer with pop icon Billie Eilish as headliner.
Eilish first teased the news on Instagram – posting a selfie on her story dressed in a “Glastonbury Festivals” hoodie with the caption “2022”. Hours later, Glastonbury’s official Instagram confirmed that she will headline the festival’s Pyramid stage on June 24.
“We couldn’t be happier to announce that the wondrous Billie Eilish is headlining… at next year's Glastonbury Festival,” wrote Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis on Twitter. “This feels like the perfect way for us to return, and I cannot wait!”
At 19 years-old, the Happier Than Ever musician will become the youngest solo artist to headline the festival.
Eilish made her Glastonbury debut in 2019 where she performed to a jam-packed crowd on Sunday afternoon. During her performance, she spoke about attending the festival as an audience member. “This looks fun to go to – I would love to go to this shit, my god,” she said.
Earlier this week – during her headlining performance at Austin City Limits 2021 – the artist spoke out about Texas’ new restrictive abortion law, stating: “When they made that shit a law, I almost didn’t want to do the show because I wanted to punish this fuckin’ place for allowing that to happen here.”
“But then I remembered that it’s you guys that are the fuckin’ victims, and you deserve everything in the world… We need to tell them to shut the fuck up,” she continued. After, Billie raised her middle finger to the crowd, shouting: “My body, my fucking choice!”
The law, which has sparked hundreds of protests against abortion restrictions across America, bans abortion in Texas after six weeks of pregnancy – when a foetal heartbeat is detected – even in the cases of rape and incest. It also allows citizens to claim a $10,000 reward if they successfully sue anyone they believe is assisting someone obtain an abortion.
Elsewhere, the singer also joined the cast of The Nightmare Before Christmas, a “live-to-film” concert experience which will feature Tim Burton’s 1993 animated film backed by a live orchestral soundtrack. Eilish will play the role of Sally, performing the haunting track “Sally’s Song”.