Billie Eilish and Phoebe Bridgers slam Roe v Wade decision at Glastonbury Festival 50th anniversary: ​​best photos

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning the landmark Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion in America reverberated across the Atlantic on Friday during the 50th anniversary of the legendary Glastonbury Music and Arts Festival which drew 200,000 music fans who braved extreme weather and transportation issues to hear megastars like Billie Eilish, Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar.

Glastonbury, considered with Coachella and burning man as a premier global destination, is “the largest music and performing arts festival in the world”, according to its organisers, and is renowned for its superstar line-ups, its audience capacity and its live music, circus performers, theatre, films and more.

But the politics erupted around 6pm UK time as the news reverberated around the festival, sparking “a chorus of condemnation” from the performers, according The Guardian.

“Today is a very dark day for women in the United States and I’m just going to say that ‘because I can’t bear to think about it any longer right now,’ Eilish, 20, lamented in the presenting. hit your power. “This song is dedicated to that I guess…”

In her set, American singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers called out the crowd who booed the mention of America, to share her outrage. “Who means ‘F——the Supreme Court’? One two three…”

The biggest and muddiest

The biggest and most notable of Europe’s music festivals, Glastonbury is known as one of the most diverse (and muddiest) performing arts festivals in Europe.

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From its humble beginnings in 1970, when it lasted just one day and tickets sold for £1, the festival has become a model for all festivals that have followed, with music fans from all over the world flocking to rain or shine at Worthy Farm in Somerset. , England. This year, festival founder Michael Eavis opened the doors for the belated 50th anniversary celebrations after a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Daring outfits, marriage proposals, celebrities, families and people of all ages were part of this year’s event despite travel disruptions due to rail strikes and flight cancellations. Also, like the Daily Mail reports: “The mud synonymous with the iconic festival is about to hit, with thunderstorms and torrential downpours” predicted for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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The UK Health and Safety Agency (UKHSA) has also urged festival-goers to watch out for monkeypox as the number of cases in Britain continues to rise.

Billie Eilish and President Zelensky

This year’s festival is headlined by pop star Gen-Z Billie Eilishyoungest solo artist to headline festival, Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartneyrapper Kendrick Lamar, Diana Ross and many others across musical genres and generations.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also made an appearance on Glastonbury screens to urge attendees to lobby “every politician you know” to “help bring peace to Ukraine”.

“Spread the truth about Russia’s war,” he said. “Help the Ukrainians forced to flee their homes because of the war”, he added in front of the rock group the libertines open procedure.

Corina C. Butler