Glastonbury’s over. We’ve been inspired, stunned, and riled by this year’s Glastonbury; basically, it’s been a lot. Whether you spent the weekend under the blazing sun in a crowd of 120,000 to watch Elton John or tucked up on the sofa catching glimpses of the Glasto drama on TikTok, we’re rounding up all the need-to-know highlights you might’ve missed.
RINA SAWAYAMA CALLED OUT MATTY HEALY
Somebody had to do it, and a round of applause for Rina for stepping up. Rina Sawayama dedicated her appropriately titled song “STFU” to The 1975 frontman Matty Healy over the weekend, publicly calling out his racist remarks. This comes after Matty Healy made a racist and frankly unwarranted comment on Ice Spice’s appearance on the podcast, The Adam Friedland Show.
Making matters worse, he went on to admit that he watches porn depicting women of colour, particularly Black women, being degraded and abused. Yikes. Here’s to Rina Sawayama for doing God’s work and using her platform at Glasto to remind us: in 2023 we’re no longer supporting Matty Healy.
LANA DEL RAY WAS UNFASHIONABLY LATE
In what seems to be almost as big of a controversy as Matty Healy’s racism, crowds of fans were outraged after Lana del Ray was 30 minutes late to starting her performance. The singer admitted after she finally made it to the stage that her tardiness was actually because her hair styling ran over, saying “If they cut power, I’m super f**king sorry, my hair takes so long to do.”
To be honest, her hair looked great and she continued her set even after the power was cut, performing “Video Games” acapella, so we’ve got no issues. Plus we have to ask: would Elton John or Guns & Roses have had the power cut on their performances for being a little late? We don’t think so – justice for Lana.
CENTRAL CEE BROUGHT OUT DAVE… AND A CHILD
The pair that we can’t get enough of, Dave and Central Cee, reunited on stage for Central Cee’s set at Glastonbury to perform their hit song “Sprinter”, and crowds f***ing loved it. Not only did Cench bring out Dave, he also brought someone else onto the stage for an adorable cameo: the baby from the “Sprinter” music video, aka Slawn’s son Beau.
The Nigerian artist, Olaolu Slawn’s infant son was wearing noise-cancelling headphones and looked more confused than anything else. Imagine being one-years-old and already that iconic.
ELTON JOHN BROKE RECORDS
Birds-eye shots of Elton John’s performance were honestly claustrophobic, depicting the literal sea of 120,000 people crowded for miles around the headliner’s stage, and raising the question: what do you do if you’re in the middle and need to pee? We’re not sure we want to know the answer.
It was reported that, on top of the wham crowd he attracted in person, Elton’s performance was also watched on TV by an additional 7.6 million people, making him the most-watched Glasto headliner in history. If anyone was going to break records at this year’s Glastonbury, it was Elton John.
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