Glastonbury Festival: The ultimate A-Z guide – from headliners Paul McCartney and Billie Eilish to secret sets, strange venues and surviving the toilets | Ents & Arts News

Q is for… Queen Bey

What do you do when you’re headlining Glastonbury a few years after your husband (see Z) has performed one of the most talked-about sets in the event’s history?

Set off fireworks, come dripping in gold sequins and just, well, be Beyonce, that’s what.

Queen Bey, one of just a handful of female headliners in the event’s history, nailed it.

Crazy In Love, Single Ladies, Naughty Girl – some of her biggest hits – provided the opening three songs, and she also performed a Destiny’s Child medley with Independent Women, Bootylicious, Say My Name and Survivor.

Plus, she did her Glastonbury – or Glaston-berry, as she called out to the crowd – research, performing interesting covers including Alanis Morisette’s You Oughta Know, Kings of Leon’s Sex On Fire and Etta James’ At Last.

Her finale, Halo, was accompanied by footage of Glastonbury-goers in the mud – including one Mr Wayne Rooney, who was there that year.

All this, and we later found out she was pregnant with her eldest child, Blue Ivy, at the time.

A true Glastonbury Queen.

R is for… Rumours

As soon as one festival finishes, rumours about the next begin. Fleetwood Mac are up there every year.

And thanks to Glastonbury’s habit of throwing in a secret gig or two, the whispers don’t stop even when Worthy Farm opens and the line-up seems to be all sewn up.

There’ll usually be at least one or two TBCs on the bill, with those slots often drawing huge crowds of people expecting to see something special.

In 2011, both Pulp and Radiohead played not-so-surprising gigs on The Park stage, and Mumford & Sons, The Libertines and The Killers have all come in as secret acts, too.

In 2019, David Attenborough drew a huge crowd as a late Pyramid Stage announcement, speaking about climate change.

Before the 2020 festival had to be postponed, one of the big rumours was that the Spice Girls, fresh from their reunion tour in 2019, would make their debut.

Who knows what will happen in 2022?

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