Ukrainian techno, UK drill and Tony Christie: 30 acts to not omit at Glastonbury 2022 | Glastonbury 2022

Kendrick Lamar

It’s a antique yr for headliners with 3 artists (Billie Eilish, Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar) who duvet pop’s whole map between them, yet Kendrick Lamar’s set is admittedly unmissable. The complete global shall be looking at: that is the primary time somebody has heard subject matter from new album Mr Morale & the Big Steppers performed reside, and listening to Lamar’s rhythm-chopping, forensic, self-lacerating drift is slightly merely probably the most nice studies in any artwork nowadays.
Pyramid level, Sunday, 21.45

Sam Fender

Whether it’s Blur and Oasis in 1994, Coldplay in 2002 or Dua Lipa in 2017, probably the most particular emotions at Glastonbury is when a emerging famous person seizes their second. This yr that’s yes to be Sam Fender, enjoying the sundown slot earlier than Billie Eilish at the Pyramid level on Friday evening. He would possibly solely have two albums yet they’re wealthy with subject matter to unite the generations and get flags waving: big-hearted within the means of Bruce Springsteen or the Killers, with a stinging political chunk.
Pyramid level, Friday, 20.15

Olivia Rodrigo

Another younger artist set to be a common crowdpleaser: her facility for lighter-waving ballads is unequalled by way of somebody in her peer workforce, yet she will flip her disappointment into anger on a dime, raging thru bouncy pop punk.
Other level, Saturday, 18.45

Skunk Anansie

Headlining Glastonbury 1999 above Coldplay, Muse, Underworld and extra, it’s simple to fail to remember how large Skunk Anansie had been, yet they continue to be the very best pageant band: their punk perspective reaches the again of the gang, offset with energy ballads of uncommonly uncooked and articulate emotion.
Other level, Saturday, 14.15

Tony Christie

Glasto all the time does proper by way of the older technology, and this yr isn’t any exception with Herbie Hancock main into Diana Ross at the Pyramid level on Sunday. Seventy-nine-year-old Tony Christie, in the meantime, shall be main some hearty singalongs to blow any chinstrokers into the following box.
Acoustic level, Saturday, 17.30

PP Arnold. Photograph: Lorne Thomson/Redferns

PP Arnold

More richly pleasant singalong moments right here, for The First Cut is the Deepest and Angel of the Morning, yet the USA soul legend additionally has very good new subject matter to accomplish from 2019 comeback album The New Adventures of PP Arnold. Her voice nonetheless defines lamentation like few others.
Avalon level, Sunday, 15.20

Yves Tumor

There aren’t sufficient artists in pop’s relatability technology who really feel as though they’ve been beamed from a wholly other galaxy yet Yves Tumor is considered one of them. Operating someplace between indie rock and psychedelic soul, and equivalent to a goth Mad Max, they’re additionally probably the most best possible songwriters running nowadays.
West Holts level, Saturday, 16.15


On excursion whilst their native land is ravaged, there shall be a fierce poignancy to this set by way of the anthemic Ukrainian workforce. Blending techno with the flutes and keening vocals in their nation’s folks tune, in 2021 they’d probably the most all-time nice Eurovision entries with the ratcheting hardstyle mania of Shum. Give them an enormous welcome.
John Peel level, Saturday, 11.30

Emma-Jean Thackray

Even essentially the most staunch anti-hippy begins burbling about cosmic power after they set foot on Worthy Farm’s leyline-strewn Elysium, frequently helped alongside by way of units akin to this one. Thackray is among the stars of the United Kingdom’s colourful recent jazz scene, whose polyrhythmic voyages and danceable wigouts could have you considering the ineffable.
West Holts level, Sunday, 12.30


Glastonbury isn’t essentially the most mosh-friendly of gala’s yet there’s all the time one thing to convey hordes of boisterous boys from out between the hippies, and this yr it’ll be Turnstile, mixing punk funk and cock rock with very good shouting from often topless commander in leader Brendan Yates. Don’t omit Amyl & the Sniffers simply earlier than them, both.
John Peel level, Sunday, 18.30


Pop’s send of Theseus, who had each founder member in the end changed, is rebuilt with the unique lineup of Keisha Buchanan, Mutya Buena and Siobhán Donaghy. Their shut, earnest harmonising has efficiency, and their catalogue – spanning high-street cocktail bar slammers to wistful bed room pop – nonetheless stands up strongly.
Avalon level, Friday, 21.35

Wet Leg

Their buzz used to be grown ultimately yr’s gala’s and now the Isle of Wight indie duo will run a victory lap – be expecting this to be probably the most overstuffed and luckily bouncing crowds of the pageant.
The Park level, Friday, 14.00


We tipped them because the pageant act of 2022 firstly of the yr and we’re going to do it once more: Gabriels, whose gospel-neo-soul is powered by way of the astonishing voice of Jacob Lusk, are the type of act that leaves other folks open-mouthed and gabbling about to their friends all weekend.
The Park level, Saturday, 14.00; Lonely Hearts Club, Sunday, 18.45

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott

Now settling firmly into nationwide treasure standing, the Beautiful South vocalists arrive for an acoustic set of no longer simply that band’s hits, yet a string of duo albums filled with rousing, wryly witty personality research.
Acoustic level, Friday, 21.30

Calvin Harris

The more or less casually all-powerful reserving that solely Glastonbury could make: approach down the invoice, DJing for an hour within the fire-breathing Arcadia spider, is among the global’s largest and best possible dance artists. You consider this shall be a chance for him to veer from Vegas bangers, even though 20 years within the sport have made him an inveterate crowdpleaser.
Arcadia, Saturday, 01.00

Two Shell

From the Chemical Brothers and Orbital again within the day, to Overmono and Bicep this yr, pairs of ordinary-looking blokes making ordinary dance tracks are a repeat appeal at Glastonbury. Two Shell are any other, rightly incomes large buzz in 2022 for his or her gloriously volatile techno, drum’n’bass and pace storage productions.
Wow, Sunday, 21.00

Lonely Hearts Club: Thursday

The urge to drink your entire provisions on the first actual evening shall be difficult to withstand at this highest warmup: 9 hours of immaculately curated, high-speed dance tune, from Sherelle’s footwork flexing thru to drum’n’bass cutie pies Piri & Tommy, south Asian splicings by way of Manara, Young Singh and Ahahadream, after which anything-goes chaos from Chippy Nonstop again to again with Pxssy Palace. In truth, this one level – approach down at twelfth at the listings and a brand new addition this yr – has a lineup of adventurous rap and dance around the weekend that’s higher than maximum whole gala’s, an illustration of the still-mindboggling high quality and diversity at Glastonbury.
Lonely Hearts Club, Thursday, 18.00-03.00

Nova Twins

One of essentially the most hardworking acts at this yr’s pageant with 3 gigs, there is not any excuse no longer to try Nova Twins: a blast of cybertronic commercial noise-rock within the vein of the Prodigy, with a lot strutting, preening and guitar theatrics from the British pair. One in their appearances is as a part of the Earache Records show off at the Truth level, essentially the most dependable spot in Glastonbury for hellraising noise: Wargasm, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs and Bob Vylan additionally seem.
Truth level, Thursday, 21.45; Greenpeace, Friday, 12.30; BBC Music Introducing, Friday, 18.50


In any other only-at-Glastonbury little bit of programming, sandwiched between dance anthems from Annie Mac and John Digweed are Gong, offering a special more or less transcendence. The prog greats would possibly now not have founder Daevid Allen after his demise in 2015 however the keepers of his flame are skilful and cosmically aligned – together with Kavus Torabi, who additionally performs on the pageant with snooker legend and Gong’s most renowned fan Steve Davis.
Glade, Friday, 23.00; Steve Davis and Kavus Torabi play Glade Dome, Saturday, 01.30


Back to urge wonderment or most likely existential disaster within the drunk is the Iicon level, with its large head or even larger kick drums. The lineup is tip-top all over yet don’t omit LSDXOXO, a grasp of extraordinarily grimy jacking space and incessant techno.
Iicon, Friday, 02.30

LSDXOXO. Photograph: Pe Ferreira


Parents at Glastonbury can also be divided between the ones soberly getting to their youngsters and the ones with a weekend off who’re wild-eyed by way of Thursday lunchtime. Bridging the worlds of parental accountability and raving are Floorplan, the father-and-daughter duo of Robert Hood and Lyric – any other Iicon reserving who use space and techno as a trail to a non secular group.
Iicon, Sunday, 22.45

Laura Veirs

Tucked away for 40 mins on Saturday afternoon is among the maximum enduring voices in American indie-folk tune: Veirs is 12 albums deep into a list that spans naive youngsters’s ditties to brutal songs of divorce. Her subsequent album makes use of (moderately) heavier and louder backings, yet this acoustic efficiency will blow their own horns the pristine high quality of her songwriting.
Acoustic level, Saturday, 14.30

Moxie x Peach x Shanti Celeste x Saoirse

A again to again set can on occasion lack course – ah, yet what a couple of four-way again to again set with 4 girls interested in essentially the most effulgent finish of the techno spectrum? Who is aware of the place this may occasionally head, but it surely’s certainly probably the most surefire large nights out available at this yr’s fest.
Genosys Sound System, Friday, 00.00-04.00

Caroline, with Jasper Llewellyn playing cello.
Caroline, with Jasper Llewellyn enjoying cello. Photograph: Sophia Evans/The Observer


Anyone with a sore head must observe the aural cool towel of Caroline on Sunday afternoon: the sprawling post-rock band deal in lulling, long-form songs with soothingly grounded patterns of repetition, yet there’s sufficient depression and chunk to stay it from being mere background tune.
William’s Green, Sunday, 16.30

Todd Edwards

NYC Downlow stays the freshest price ticket at Glastonbury, in each sense – you’ll have to bear a protracted queue to get in, and as soon as inside of you’ll be sweating nearly immediately. The queer nightclub stays the most efficient position on web page to in reality minimize free – I as soon as appeared as much as to find Owen Jones dancing in a cage – and Todd Edwards, the Daft Punk collaborator and father of UK storage, will be offering a suitably euphoric soundtrack.
NYC Downlow, Saturday, 01.00

Fumez the Engineer

Fumez is among the maximum sustained and necessary proponents of UK drill and British and Irish rap typically, the usage of the Plugged In freestyle sequence he hosts to zoom into the lyrical dexterity of the rustic’s MCs, interspersed with response pictures of him searching so inspired that he’s incurred a bout of indigestion. With unnamed particular visitors, it is a uncommon and sure-to-be-unhinged reside show off – his closing one in London used to be banned by way of police earlier than it even started.
Gas Tower, Saturday, 22.00

Yasmin Williams

Saturday morning at Glastonbury can require other folks to dig deep: you’ve been there for 3 days already and there’s two of the most important nights of the yr nonetheless to come back. Yasmin Williams, then, will realign your birthday celebration chakras with probably the most maximum purely stunning tune all weekend: cascades of fingerpicked guitar type eddies of vibrant, poignant melody.
The Park level, Saturday, 11.30

Mad Professor Dubs Up Lee Scratch Perry

The quantity of bass emanating from this yr’s Glastonbury is spectacular: new level Firmly Rooted is concerned with sound machine tradition, Arcadia and Wow have drum’n’bass takeovers on Sunday, and there’s in fact the Notting Hill Carnival parading throughout the web page. One bass tournament to not omit is a reside set from Mad Professor running with the overdue Lee Scratch Perry’s subject matter: two masters of echo and area communing around the ether. Another in a similar fashion poignant-but-vibrational second shall be drum’n’bass supergroup Sasasas enjoying following the demise in February in their bandmate Skibadee.
Glade, Sunday, 16.30


This team of DJs with south Asian heritage have briefly transform heroes to a peer workforce so frequently close out of the mainstream cultural dialog in the United Kingdom, in addition to the dance tune underground. They plunder obscurities from, say, Punjabi pop but in addition draw on bass-driven British dance types and proper around the style map – be expecting telephones to be held aloft for some hopeful Shazam-ing.
Platform 23, Friday, 23.00


Sometimes Glastonbury can also be nearly too fecund with other types of tune and after a pileup of psytrance, brass bands and underground hip-hop you wish to have a palate cleanser. Enter Horsegirl, whose indie-rock is punctiliously easy in the case of natural sonics, yet whose mixture of naive vocals and stern guitars has a refined serrated edge. Will sound nice if it’s raining, too.
William’s Green, Friday, 17.30

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