Book your flight now, because next summer Billie Eilish will become the youngest Glastonbury Festival headliner ever when she closes things out on the main stage on June 24, 2022. The landmark announcement was made on Monday morning (Oct. 4) via a colorful post from fest organizers.
“We are very excited to confirm that @billieeilish will headline the Pyramid Stage on the Friday night at Glastonbury 2022, to become the Festival’s youngest ever solo headliner. This will be her first UK festival headline performance,” read the Instagram announce about the history-making set from the singer who will be 20 when she walks onto the iconic Pyramid Stage.
Glasto organizer Emily Eavis added in a second post, “This feels like the perfect way for us to return and I cannot wait!” The iconic English festival has been on ice for two summers — 2020 and 2021 — due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, missing out on what would have been its 50th anniversary last year. Unable to gather again this year, organizers produced a filmed event, Live From Worthy Farm, that featured sets from Coldplay, Idles, Michael Kiwanuka, Wolf Alice, Damon Albarn, Jorja Smith and Haim, as well as as the Radiohead side project The Smile.
In addition to making history, Eilish will be the event’s first female headliner since Adele did the honors in 2016; Taylor Swift was slated to headline one of the nights of the pandemic canceled 2020 festival.
Eilish stormed the Austin City Limits stage in Texas over the weekend, revealing that she almost bailed on the gig to protest the state’s restrictive new abortion law. Instead, Billie used the opportunity to share her candid thoughts on the controversial measure enacted in September that prohibits abortions after about six weeks, a time when many women are not even aware they are pregnant; the law makes no exceptions for rape or incest.
“When they made that s— a law, I almost didn’t want to do the show because I wanted to punish this f—ing place for allowing that to happen here,” Eilish said Saturday night (Oct. 2) in a video clip filmed by fans. “But then I remembered that it’s you guys that are the f—ing victims, and you deserve everything in the world. And we need to tell them to shut the f— up,” she told the crowd, reportedly putting up her middle finger.”My body, my f—ing choice!”