And we’re back! After a prolonged absence, Glastonbury Festival kicked off yesterday (June 22) welcoming punters back to Worthy Farm for the first time since 2019. This year’s headliners Billie Eilish, Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar will entertain the 200,000 punters who made the trip to Somerset, alongside Sam Fender, Olivia Rodrigo, Megan Thee Stallion, and many, many more.

Team NME are on site to cover all the action so stay tuned in to the site and our socials for the latest highlights from the best festival in world…

Day one: baby’s first Glasto!

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The gates are open and the festival’s youngest (probably?) entrant is ready to rock and roll.

Day one: she said yes!

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A beautiful moment up on The Park hill: congratulations to Ed and Chelsea!

Day one: gone but not forgotten

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The Lotus Flower is dedicated to those who’ve left us over the last few years, and memories or situations that they wish to move on from. Goers can place messages in the structure all weekend before it’s set alight on Sunday.

Day one: power shower

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Wednesday’s weather was a scorcher – but all doesn’t look so rosy for the remaining days. Stay tuned to the latest weather updates here.

Day one: it’s all happening at The Park

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Punters flock The Park’s sunny hill to soak up some rays and drinks.

Day one: the setting sun

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A gorgeous sunset rounds out rowdy day one.

Day two: a moment of serenity

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Glasto’s crowd take a moment of meditation in the Healing Fields after lugging their kit about

Day two: Let It Bleep

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Over in the Shangri-La field, Ai-DA – the world’s first robot artist – is generating images of this year’s lineup including Paul McCartney. Talk about RAM!

Day two: Viva Glasto Forever

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Mel C’s set felt like the official opening party to Glastonbury, mashing up Spice Girls, Nirvana and Pulp for an hour of back-to-back bangers at William’s Green.

Day two: Tom Ogden raising a tinnie backstage to Mel C

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Say You’ll Beer There!

Day two: top of her game

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It’s the summer of Nia Archives. Here’s the winner of Best Producer at the BandLab NME Awards 2022 mashing up the Glasto crowd on Thursday afternoon, the first of many sets this weekend

Day two: it’s The Boss

Michael Eavis
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Festival founder Michael Eavis returned for his customary set at William’s Green, covering Elvis and more.

Day two: Happy Pride Month!

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This year, the Greenpeace Fields are celebrating LGBTQ+ communities all around the world.

Day two: the Spider is primed for a huuuge party

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The iconic Arcadia centrepiece – which will play host to Calvin Harris, Jon Hopkins and more over the weekend – returns to Worthy Farm for the first time since 2018.

Day two: Piri and Tommy get loved-up backstage

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N’awww, just look how happy they are!

Day two: before jumping on-stage at Lonely Hearts Club

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The drum ’n’ bass duo put on a knock-out performance.

Day two: Dan Smith is jumping for joy

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Backed by 10-piece brass band Ol’ Dirty Brasstards, Bastille hit up the William’s Green stage to perform all the hits. Read our report of the secret set here.

Day two: Elvana take over William’s Green

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The mash-up you didn’t know you needed!

Day three: The Libertines open the Other Stage for 2022

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The Likely Lads kicked off our Friday.

Day three: all together now!

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After catching up with NME, the Inhaler boys hang out backstage.

Day three: English Teacher boss the John Peel Stage

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The Leeds band delivered a triumphant and radiant performance on Friday morning. Check out our report of the set here.

Day three: Griff stops by

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Ahead of her John Peel show, Griff stopped by for a few snaps and a chat.

Day three: Sigrid strikes a pose

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When writing new album ‘How to Let Go’, Sigrid had Glastonbury Festival in mind. It’s safe to say she’s excited to perform it on the farm this weekend!

Day three: Wet Leg pack out The Park

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The buzzy band brought in a huge audience during their afternoon set.

Day three: there’s no place like home

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We’re so happy to be back in the place where we all belong.

Day three: Confidence Man get their big suits on

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It’s a look that screams ‘Stop Making Sense’-era David Byrne. We’re into it!

Day three: oh we do like to be beside the seaside…

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Festival-goers wander down the pier at Glastonbury-on-Sea.

Day three: he’s behind you!

Wolf Alice
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After pushing through travel chaos to make it to Worthy Farm, Wolf Alice stormed the Pyramid Stage. Read our review of the London band’s set here.

Day three: it’s a big ‘ol guitar dual!

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St Vincent and touring band member Jason Falkner lock into battle on The Other Stage.

Day three: IDLES get stuck right in

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Best crowd of the weekend so far?

Day three: Arlo Parks gets her flowers

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Arlo Parks brought a slice of sunshine to the Park Stage.

Day three: it’s all smiles around here

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Glastonbury punters get in the party spirit.

Day three: heeeere’s Phoebe!

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Over on the John Peel Stage, Phoebe Bridgers put on a powerful performance – with a surprise appearance from Arlo Parks.

Day three: and we have lift off!

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Show us your special moves!

Day three: Sam gets his Pyramid Stage moment

Sam Fender’s Glastonbury debut got the five-star treatment here at NME.

Day three: Foals headline the Other Stage

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Fresh from releasing new album ‘Life Is Yours’, the Oxford band smashed a career-spanning set.

Day three: We love you Foals, we do

The crowd for Foals live at Glastonbury 2022. Credit: Andy Ford for NME
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Confetti washed over the crowd at The Other Stage as Foals wrapped up their triumphant performance. Read our review of the show here.

Day three: Billie Eilish made history

Billie Eilish
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This week’s NME cover star became the youngest-ever artist to headline Glastonbury. Read our review of her killer performance here.

Day three: welcome to Billiemania

Billie Eilish
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Eilish lead a wealth of singalongs through her biggest hits, and rounded off with a massive ‘Happier Than Ever’.

Day four: back to ‘Brutalism’

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IDLES made their second appearance of the festival, kicking off Saturday with a secret set at the BBC Introducing tent that saw them play their debut album ‘Brutalism’ in full.

Day four: ready to rock and roll

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Yungblud got in the mood for his Glastonbury debut by taking in a traditional festival bev among the canvas.

Day four: Tems gives us a toothy grin

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Hotly-tipped Nigerian singer Tems delivered a performance on the Other Stage that ticked the boxes of both tear-jerking and joyful.

Day four: pucker up!

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Here’s Yungblud, ready for a smooch.

Day four: reduce, reuse, recycle

Roisin Murphy backstage at Glastonbury 2022. Credit: Parri Thomas for NME
Roisin Murphy backstage at Glastonbury 2022. Credit: Parri Thomas for NME

Electropop icon Róisín Murphy took Glastonbury’s eco-friendly stance to heart backstage and made herself a fetching new cloak.

Day four: Holly Humberstone conquered the John Peel Stage

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The fast-rising singer-songwriter overcame nerves to deliver a stunning performance. Read our review here.

Day four: Beabadoobee hung out with NME backstage

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The Dirty Hit signee found some shelter from the sun blazing across Worthy Farm.

Day four: It’s AJ Tracey, live and direct

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The UK rap star brought a killer rock band to his Pyramid Stage debut.

Day four: Greta Thunberg makes a special appearance

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The environmental activist embraced the spirit of her first Glastonbury, leading her very own chant; “when I say climate, you say justice!”

Day four: Leon Bridges looked achingly cool

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Fresh from his massive set at the West Holts stage, the American soul star posed for our team of snappers.

Day four: Easy Life share a kiss backstage

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Day four: Brighton rapper ArrDee is in the house

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… and ready to raise the salute to Glastonbury at its belated 50th birthday bash

Day four: Put your hands up for The Avalanches!

The Avalanches
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The Australian electronic music giants brought the vibes to the Park stage as the sun started to set on Saturday.

Day four: all hail punk poet John Cooper Clarke

John Cooper Clarke
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A national treasure took to the stage in the Avalon field to impart his wit and wisdom on the Glastonbury crowd.

Day four: Holly Humberstone aces her rite of passage set

Holly Humberstone
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The much-buzzed-about pop star overcame her nerves to excel on the John Peel stage.

Day four: cheers to Pa Salieu

Pa Salieu
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Coventry’s finest made his mark on the John Peel stage – and brought out Slowthai to boot.

Day four: It’s Haim time!

The ladies of Haim struck a pose for NME backstage.

Day four: The Chief returns

R Kid brought Oasis classics like ‘Wonderwall’ and ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ to a rousing Other Stage set.

Day four: Olivia Rodrigo gets a warm welcome to Worthy Farm

For her first big UK performance, the breakthrough pop star of 2021 brought the intense emotions of ‘Sour’ to the Other field for a triumphant debut.

Day four: Working for the knife

Mitski’s Park performance was full of theatrics and indie brilliance.

Day four: Heat waves been faking them out

Oxford’s Glass Animals soaked up the sun with a bold late afternoon appearance.

Day four: A showman arrives

Yungblud delivered in his John Peel stage slot, sharing some of his biggest songs and tracks from his upcoming self-titled album.

Day four: Burning up

Burna Boy surveyed the crowd as he reigned on the Other Stage.

Day four: The Hot Girl Coach

Megan Thee Stallion topped the bill on the Other Stage, making her bid for a future Pyramid headline set.

Day four: Jamie T returns

Jamie T
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It might have been five years since Jamie T was on the circuit, but he hasn’t lost any of his magic touch when it comes to rowdy performances.

Day four: Come on baby now!

Paul McCartney
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Paul McCartney held a belated 80th birthday celebration and ran through some of his most iconic songs to close out Saturday.

Day four: With a little help from their friends

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Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen both joined Macca for his big Pyramid bash.

Check back at NME here for the latest news, reviews, interviews photos and more from Glastonbury 2022.

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