Kendrick Lamar, Pet Shop Boys Close Glastonbury 2022
Kendrick Lamar delivered a dramatic set to close the Pyramid Stage. Flanked by tightly-choreographed dancers, Lamar showcased his albums Good Kid MAAD City, To Pimp A Butterfly and DAMN in turn, dropping in choice cuts from his new album, Mr Morale & The Big Steppers. The set closed with an especially powerful moment as Lamar performed the Mr Moral track Savior with fake blood pouring from his crown of thorns, bringing the song to a close with an repeated, increasingly intense cry of “They judge you, they judged Christ. Godspeed for women’s rights.” Before the song, Lamar thanked the crowd, saying, ““On behalf of me and my team, I want to thank every individual out here tonight. I consider y’all family, this s**t is special, it means a lot to me. I look out into the crowd and I see different creeds, different colours. I wear this crown. They judged Christ. They judge you, they judged Christ. We gonna continue to walk in his image.”
Meanwhile on the Other Stage, Pet Shop Boys thrilled fans with a career-spanning set packed with hits. They were joined by Years & Years; Olly Alexander, who performed It’s A Sin. ‘Mister Olly Alexander!’ Neil cried to the crowd, with Olly responding: ‘Thank you so much! I love you Pet Shop Boys!’” Highlights included West End Girls, Left To My Own Devices, Can You Forgive Her and Domino Dancing before the set was brought to a close with a moving performance of Being Boring.
Elsewhere, Diana Ross drew a massive crowd for her Sunday afternoon Pyramid stage slot and gave fans plenty of hits – I’m Coming Out, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Baby Love and Upside Down were among the highlights. And Charli XCX delighted fans with a energetic set on the John Peel Stage.