A regularly updated timeline of all the latest Glastonbury 2022 news and rumours in bite-sized bulletin-form
Last Updated on October 09
As with every Glastonbury-year, trying to keep up with all the latest Glastonbury related news and rumours can be somewhat overwhelming at times.
For this reason, we’ve put together an easily digestible timeline of sorts, consisting of bite-sized Glasto news bulletins for anyone who wishes to get up to speed and stay in the loop.
Feel free to bookmark this page to your favourites for easy access as we will be updating it regularly with new information as it makes itself available.
The latest news & rumours roundup:
October 07, 2021 – Candi Staton discusses the possibility of playing Glastonbury 2022: Speaking to NME, the American singer–songwriter said: “I was supposed to go back to Glastonbury two years ago and then COVID came and destroyed all that. They asked me again last year, but COVID was still around. Hopefully next year if all goes well, I’ll be back!”
October 04, 2021 – Billie Eilish announced as first headliner of Glastonbury 2022: Breaking the news via its official social channels this morning at 9:39AM (October 4), Glastonbury Festival said in the post: “We are very excited to confirm that Billie Eilish 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.”
September 28, 2021 – Illicit drug waste found in river flowing through Glastonbury Festival site: Scientists from Bangor University have found high levels of MDMA and cocaine in the water of the river running through the Festival site. The team discovered that levels of MDMA and cocaine in the water during the festival were so high it could be harming wildlife further downstream, including rare populations of eels”.
September 08, 2021 – Noel Gallagher confirms he will play Glastonbury 2022 if asked: While speaking to BBC Radio 2’s Jo Whiley (September 8), the ex-Oasis songwriter was asked whether he will be going on tour, to which he replied: “I don’t know, I mean… for my level of gigs which are theatres there’s not been anybody saying anything, but I had a plan anyway – by the end of 2019 was to take 2020 off, then 2021 was writing, 2022 was recording, then go back out in 2023 – so I’m still ahead of schedule.”
September 06, 2021 – Glastonbury submits plans for a new access to the Festival site: The new vehicular access will allow direct passage from one of the principal concrete trackways on Worthy Farm which is intended to serve a building that is being constructed on the site, in addition to also serving as access to staff parking during the event.
August 25, 2021 – Michael Eavis pays tribute to late Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts: In an interview with ITV News West Country, Eavis said the drummer’s death is a “huge loss” to the country.
August 10, 2021 – Strong rumours suggest Billie Eilish is set to headline Glastonbury 2022, while Queens of the Stone Age are being positioned as Other Stage headliners: Whispers of a possible Glastonbury Festival performance start to circle the web (August 10), after eFestivals suggests the possibility of the American singer-songwriter taking to the Pyramid Stage next year , adding that their source is telling them that Queens of the Stone Age will be headlining the Other stage on the same (Friday) night.
July 21, 2021 – Spice Girls Mel C says Victoria Beckham would rejoin for Glastonbury gig: Appearing on ITV’s Lorraine (July 21), the Sporty Spice said Posh Spice has admitted she might rejoin the Spice Girls if a slot is secured for when the Worthy Farm-held event finally returns next year .
June 06, 2021 – Crowded House self-confirm for Glastonbury 2022: Appearing on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch (June 6), Neil Finn revealed that the band was set for a performance at the now cancelled Glastonbury 2021 as part of the band’s 2021 tour while confirming that it has now all been moved into 2022 – saying: “We’ve had a tour booked for the last two summers, which is actually sold out and is now intact and coming next June , we’ve transferred everything, including a Glastonbury appearance and some Roundhouse shows in London […] so yeah, we are coming, as soon as we possibly can, it’s taken 2 years once we get there…”
April 02, 2021 – Glastonbury among recipients offered award from latest Culture Recovery Fund grants: The Festival is awarded £900,000 from the government to help with the build of the Festival when it returns in 2022.
March 17, 2021 – Diana Ross Glastonbury 2022 rumours intensify following rescheduled UK tour: The American singer and actress looks poised for a performance at Glastonbury 2022 as rumours of a possible Sunday Teatime Legends Slot intensify following her postponed Uk-planned tour being postponed to the summer of 2022.
March 09, 2021 – Bill Harkin – designer of the very first Pyramid Stage – dies at the age of 83: In an official statement released by Michael Eavis, he said: “Bill Harkin first came to Glastonbury towards the end of 1970. He was delivering products to the health shops in the town and decided to walk up the Tor where he met Andrew Kerr. They both became aware of very powerful feelings of spirituality and agreed the need for a new age of looking at life towards a utopian society. After more intense discussions these conversations led to the idea of a large music festival with a Pyramid as centre stage. That’s when they came to me for a suitable site!
February 22, 2021 – Aerosmith lists and then omits “Glastonbury, UK” as a tour date for their 2022 schedule: After earlier reports of the US rock stars appearing to self-confirm for Glastonbury 2022 by initially including the Festival in their tour schedule, the US rockers then went on to updated their tour dates page on their official website, yet again, now omitting the “Glastonbury Festival, UK” listings which was previously scheduled for June 25.
February 17, 2021 – The Festival gives fans the chance of winning tickets to Glastonbury 2022: As part of the anticipated launch of its new Worthy Farm Reserve Cheddar – the legendary festival is reportedly giving away 23 pairs of tickets to next year’s event.
February 10, 2021 – Glastonbury Festival lunches its very own Worthy Farm cheddar cheese: The Worthy Farm-held event lunches the Worthy Farm Reserve Cheddar cheese which has been created using milk from the dairy herd that graze on the Festival site all year round and is set to debut exclusively in Co-op stores across the UK (Feburary 2021).
February 08, 2021 – Glastonbury charity predicts £15,000 loss due to Festival’s two-year cancellation: Education charity SOS Africa said that the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 festivals could cost the organisation as much as £15,000 in fundraising, but founder Dr Matt Crowcombe said the decision was “completely understandable”.
February 02, 2021 – Worthy Causes: A love letter to Glastonbury: The Festival’s three main charities – Oxfam, Greenpeace & WaterAid – write a love letter to the organisers, the volunteers, crews, supporters and musicians.
February 01, 2021 – Dave Grohl discusses Glastonbury’s return in a post-pandemic era: The Foo Fighters frontman told The Telegraph’s Neil McCormick: “Unfortunately, you have to take that into consideration, no matter how much everyone wants to kick down the front door and run to the nearest rock concert, there are some things that are beyond our control. It’s heartbreaking. But of course, it’s not the last Glastonbury! I don’t think a pandemic can stop Glastonbury! It might hold it back a little while, but sh–!… I want my kids to see bands at Glastonbury, whenever that show happens again, and it will.”
January 31, 2021 – Road leading to Glastonbury Festival to undergo significant “improvement”: Following continued delays, the Department for Transport approve the scheme to dual the single-carriageway stretch of the A303 between the Podimore roundabout near Ilchester and the Sparkford roundabout, where the road meets the A359.
January 27, 2021 – Glastonbury’s The Common confirms plans for “something digital over the June  weekend”: Posting the message to their official Facebook page, The Common said: “Nooooooooooo… Glastonbury 21 is more covid collateral damage… Gutted is an understatement… will miss raving with all our Common family… but we’ll be planning something digital over the June weekend, and will be even more hyped for next year… one thing is for sure- 2022 will be one hell of a party”.
Glastonbury 2022 is set to take place at its natural home in Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, from 22nd – 26th June 2022Advertisement