By Paul Sandle and Sarah Mills
GLASTONBURY, England, June 24 (Reuters) – Music exploded across the fields of Worthy Farm in southwest England on Friday as the world’s biggest rural music festival returned for the first time since 2019 and with the singer and songwriter Billie Eilish headlining the first day.
The 20-year-old American recently told Apple Music 1 radio’s Matt Wilkinson that playing the Pyramid stage was a “unique opportunity”, adding that she was “excited” to be the youngest headliner in the festival’s history.
Organizer Emily Eavis, daughter of festival founder Michael Eavis, said when announcing Eilish in October: “It feels like the perfect way for us to return and I can’t wait!”
Ahead of Friday’s first act, rock band Libertines on stage Other, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urged in a video message that the public spread the truth about the invasion of Russia.
Glastonbury returned for its 50th anniversary two years later than planned after the pandemic ruined the events of 2020 and 2021.
Paul McCartney leads Saturday’s attractions, a week after his 80th birthday. Diana Ross and Kendrick Lemar are Sunday’s highlights.