Years & Years on the magic of Kate Bush and playing ‘Night Call’ live at Glastonbury 2022

Years & Years spoke to NME backstage at Glastonbury 2022 and told us his dream collabs, what it’s like to play ‘Night Call’ live for fans, and what message he has for fans during this “difficult” time.

Olly Alexander talked to us right before performing on the Other Stage on Sunday (June 26). Today’s show marked his third time taking the stage at Worthy Farm, and his first time taking the stage solo as Years & Years.

“It’s the best,” Alexander said when asked about playing new music live to fans after the pandemic. “It’s so good to be back out there because it’s such an exchange. When you have an audience and when you have people watching and listening you exchange something. It’s very precious and I’m just so happy to be doing it.”

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Olly also talked about his ideal collaboration. After working with Elton John and Kylie Minogue, he told us his next dream collab would be Rihanna. “I just love Rihanna,” he said. “He wouldn’t want to do a collaboration with her?”

The singer also told us about his appreciation for Kate Bush. “I’ve always loved Kate Bush so much,” he said. “We have [this current] Kate Bush renaissance, the Kate Bush-assance. Just hearing her voice and how magical she is, I think she really brings this essence of magic. People really connect that with her. I just feel like she’s released magic in the world again, and I’m just like ‘thanks, Kate Bush.’

Before heading out, Alexander told us the message he’d like to share with fans who were set to watch his Glastonbury set. “I’m just grateful to be here first of all,” he said. “I’m so lucky I get to do this. I get to express myself when I’m on stage and get to be this version of myself that’s bigger than who I am usually. He’s more flamboyant and more out there but it’s an expression of who I am inside. That’s a part of me and I get to do that on stage.”

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He added: “I hope people that come to the show and come to watch Years & Years, get to get a bit of that for themselves, [to say] ‘I’m going to be myself, I’m going to be freakier!’ That’s what I hope because life is really difficult right now for so many different people and in so many different ways.”

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Jarvis Cocker speaks out against Roe v. Wade at Glastonbury 2022

Jarvis Cocker expressed his outrage at the Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade during his Glastonbury set today (June 26).

Ahead of playing ‘Cunts Are Still Running the World’, the former Pulp frontman told the crowd that he and his JARV IS band had decided to change the lyrics.

“You might recognise thing song,” he said. “We keep trying to stop playing this song and then things happen in the world and we have to keep playing it. But we changed the words the other day because they wouldn’t allow it to be on telly.

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He continued: “It seems appropriate to sing this song, and especially with this lyric change. Usually it’s c-words are still running the world. Today we’re changing it to pricks are still running the world.

“We’re singing it over the Atlantic Ocean because a certain judgement has been made, mainly by men, telling women what they can and can’t do with their bodies so this is going to those guys.”

Cocker and his band played the Park Stage this evening ahead of Courtney Barnett. Earlier, Jack White played a secret set on the same stage.

In a four-star review, NME‘s Alex Flood called the JARV IS performance a “forward-looking set”. He added on the change of lyrics: “The comments spark huge cheers from the crowd, who only get louder as Cocker conducts them through a raucous singalong of the catchy chorus. It’s a fitting way to stick a finger up to the misogynists – and proves you don’t always have to shut up and play the hits.”

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Elsewhere, around the same time, Lorde gave an impassioned speech about Roe v. Wade being overturned during her Pyramid Stage set.

At the end of ‘Secrets From A Girl (Who’s Seen It All)’, she said: “The temperature is unbearable until you face it. You wanna know a secret, girls? Your bodies were destined to be controlled and objectified since before you were born. That horror is your birthright.”

As the song ended, she concluded: “Fuck the Supreme Court.”

Multiple musicians have referenced the ruling during their Glastonbury sets, including Kendrick Lamar, Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo and Phoebe Bridgers.

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Lorde brings out Arlo Parks and Clairo for ’Stoned At The Nail Salon’ at Glastonbury 2022

Lorde brought out Arlo Parks and Clairo as special guests during her Glastonbury 2022 headline set. Watch the clip below.

The New Zealand pop-star was performing on the pyramid stage, Sunday (June 26). Clairo and Parks joined Lorde to sing along with her on the track ‘Stoned At The Nail Salon’ from her 2021 album  ‘Solar Power’.

Clairo notably provided backing vocals for the record, on the songs ‘Solar Power’ and ‘Stoned At The Nail Salon’. Both special guests performed their own sets on Worthy Farm this year, with Clairo taking the John Peel Stage earlier today and Parks playing The Park Stage on Friday.

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During the performance, Lorde also took the time to speak out against the recent overturn of Roe v. Wade. The supreme court overturned the landmark case on June 24. The ruling had granted women in the US the right to terminate a pregnancy and was put in place nearly 50 years ago.

Olivia Rodrigo also spoke out against the decision during her set yesterday (June 25). After bringing Lily Allen out to the stage, she told the crowd, “Roe v. Wade, which is a law that ensures a woman’s right to a safe abortion, a basic human right” had been overturned.

“I’m devastated I’m terrified and so many women and so many girls are going to die because of this,” she continued. “I wanted to dedicate this song to the five members of the supreme court, who showed us that at the end of the day they truly don’t give a shit about freedom.

“This song goes out to the justices, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Amy Coney Barret, and Brett Kavanaugh. We hate you.” Then, the pair dueted a fiery rendition of Allen’s hit ‘Fuck You’.

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Róisín Murphy tells us about her “slab of gold” new album and acting debut at Glastonbury 2022

Róisín Murphy spoke to NME backstage at Glastonbury 2022, telling us what to expect from her upcoming headline performance, new album and acting debut.

The former Moloko turned solo star headlined the West Holts Stage last night (Saturday June 25), but was taking it easy on site before her performance.

“I stayed in watching Larry David on the tour bus last night,” she told NME. “I’ve watched a good few episodes of Curbed. I’m trying to save my energy for the big one tonight.”

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On bringing a touch of David to Worthy Farm, she continued: “I was hoping that they’d have Mick Lynch here, you know – the trade union fellow. You could have him on the Pyramid Stage.”

Murphy was last here to film her dance spectacular as part of last year’s Live At Worthy Farm livestream event. Looking back on how it felt to be at the festival site while audiences were kept at bay due to lockdown restrictions, she said: “It was weird but brilliant. The production was incredible with the filming and the way it was all done, but it was weird because it was wintertime. It was even colder than now!

“We didn’t see anybody else and we shot our bits in isolation, but it was fun and I stayed in a fancy hotel – which I won’t be doing this time!”

Roisin Murphy backstage at Glastonbury 2022. Credit: Parri Thomas for NME
Roisin Murphy backstage at Glastonbury 2022. Credit: Parri Thomas for NME

Meanwhile, Murphy was also recently confirmed to star in new Netflix series Half Bad – an adaptation of the book trilogy by Sally Green, following 16-year-old Nathan, the illegitimate son of the world’s most feared witch.

“I’m playing a witch, which my mother says isn’t a stretch!” Murphy told NME at Glasto. “That’s her way of being modest. It was interesting. I’ve shot it and it’s coming out in the Autumn. My character is a glamorous witch called Mercury. She’s a real minx.”

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After directing her own music videos and visuals, Murphy said that she had taken to acting “out of curiosity”, adding: “Maybe I could make a film one day of my own, or maybe I could do more acting.”

Back to music, Murphy told us that work was “almost finished” on the follow-up to her acclaimed 2020 album ‘Róisín Machine’.

“I’ve worked on and off for the last five years with DJ Koze on my next album,” she said. “It’s in the final stages now, I haven’t played it to anyone and I’m not signed. Now I’m in the process of sending out this slab of gold and seeing how it goes from there.”

She added: “It’s really good! If you put the two things together and add another 22 and a half percent expectation on the top of that, you’re pretty close.”

Roisin Murphy backstage at Glastonbury 2022. Credit: Parri Thomas for NME
Roisin Murphy backstage at Glastonbury 2022. Credit: Parri Thomas for NME

Focussing on her Glasto set, Murphy promised “a lot of spice”.

“It’s really nice to do a long set of an hour and a half,” she said. “We don’t have to condense the energy too much. We’ve got full breadth to express ourselves.

“This is full of sing-along tracks. ‘Familiar Feeling’, ‘Fun For Me’, ‘Forever More’, ‘Overpowered’, ‘Let Me Know’, plus the new songs that the fans know like ‘Something More’ and ‘Let Me Know’ – it kicks off! It’s supposed to be a very joyful set. I don’t always make it this easy for people; especially if I’ve just done an album.”

She added: “I do feel that I am an artist who tests their audience as much as I can. I take it to what I think is the limit, and sometimes I go over the limit. Now is not the time for that. Regardless as to whether I’m playing Glastonbury or not, coming back to play these shows that have been postponed for two years, I just want to do a joyful set – for me as much as for them.”

And what will Róisín Murphy be getting up to after-hours at Glastonbury once her set is finished? “I’m going out, I’m going to go for it tonight,” she said. “I’m supposed to sleep in a yurt, but I don’t suppose that is going to happen. I’ll find some place to lay my head at about 6am or 7am.

“All the old faces are out tonight so I’ll probably go down the old Block 9. I’ll try to stay cool enough because I’ve got a little pop-up show down NYC Downlow tomorrow.”

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Olivia Rodrigo brings Lily Allen on stage, dedicates ‘Fuck You’ to US Supreme Court

Olivia Rodrigo brought Lily Allen out during her Glastonbury 2022 performance. Check out a clip of the show below.

Yesterday, the landmark ruling, which guaranteed women in the US the right to terminate a pregnancy, was overturned, after 50 years of being in place.

After Allen joined Rodrigo on the Other Stage, she spoke directly to the audience, explaining that “Roe v. Wade, which is a law that ensures a woman’s right to a safe abortion, a basic human right” had been overturned.

“I’m devastated I’m terrified and so many women and so many girls are going to die because of this,” she continued. “I wanted to dedicate this song to the five members of the supreme court, who showed us that at the end of the day they truly don’t give a shit about freedom.

“This song goes out to the justices, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Amy Coney Barret, and Brett Kavanaugh. We hate you.” Then, the pair dueted a fiery rendition of Allen’s hit ‘Fuck You’.

Olivia Rodrigo is one of the most recent Glastonbury performers to speak out against the ruling. Joe Talbot of Idles also spoke out against the overturn of Roe V. Wade yesterday (June 24) during the band’s performance. Right before the band played ‘Mother’ during their festival set, Talbot shared a dedication speaking out on the ruling.

“Of course, this is for every mother and every woman and her right to choose whether she is a mother or not,” Talbot said. “Long live the open-minded long live my mother and long live every single one of you.”

Phoebe Bridgers also addressed the US Supreme Court ruling during her performance yesterday, with a short, but powerful chant: “Fuck the Supreme Court!”

Taking to the John Peel Stage last night – just hours after the ruling was confirmed – Bridgers told her Glastonbury crowd: “This is my first time here and, honestly, it’s super surreal and fun, but I’m having the shittiest day.” An outspoken advocate of abortion rights, the frustrated singer-songwriter asked if any Americans were among her crowd, before instructing them to chant, “Fuck the Supreme Court!”

Over the last day, dozens of artists have spoken out against the official overturning of Roe v. Wade. Lizzo is another who is supporting abortion rights via monetary contributions, partnering with Live Nation – who are presenting her upcoming ‘Special’ tour – to donate $1million (£815,000) in funds to organisations offering safe access to abortions.

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