Billie Eilish is Glastonbury’s Youngest Headliner

The 19-year-old superstar is making pop history at Glastonbury 2022 as she is announced to be Headliner.

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The 19-year-old pop icon teased the news on her Instagram, posting a photograph of herself grinning in a Glastonbury hoodie, captioned “2022”.

Eilish is the first headliner to be announced for the 2022 festival. Glastonbury organisers are counting on a successful comeback after Covid led to the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 events. Equinox, a mooted one-day event for September 2020, was also pulled. 

Eilish will be 20 years and six months old when she headlines the festival. The previous youngest performer ever to headline Glastonbury was Mark Hamilton of UK band Ash. Ash was approximately 20 years and three months old.

Making History

Billie will also be the first female headliner since 2016. Although Taylor Swift was booked to play in 2020, the Covid pandemic put an end to the summer festival season. COVID-19 cancelled many festivals and events, further increasing the anticipation for next years Glastonbury.

The pop star made her Glastonbury debut in 2019, performing on a jam-packed stage and 40,000 fans. During her set, she lamented that she would never be able to experience the festival as an audience member. The star said, 

“This looks fun to go to – I would love to go to this shit, my God.” 

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Thankfully, many other amazing acts planned for the now-cancelled festival will be returning to Glastonbury. Festival founder Michael Eavis said he was confident that some acts from the planned 2020 lineup would return. Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar were due to headline.

The festival is currently sold out, with 2020 tickets rolled over to the next viable event. The organisers recently put on sale slots for campervans and pre-erected tents, auguring a hopeful outcome for next year.

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