The 20-year-old declared from the Pyramid Stage, “Today is a bad day for women in the US.”
“I’ll just say it since I can’t think about it any longer.”
She dedicated Your Power, a song about older males abusing their power, to all of them.
On Friday, the US Supreme Court overruled Roe v Wade, which secured abortion rights nationally. Millions of women will lose their legal right to abortion as states can set their own laws.
Eilish wasn’t the only performer to protest. Earlier in the night, Phoebe Bridgers made a similar message on the John Peel stage.
At 20, Eilish was Glastonbury’s youngest-ever solo headliner. She took the stage at 22:00 amid white noise and sub-bass and played Bury A Friend.
She was met by cacophonous yells and word-perfect renditions of her songs from the first note.
“I love you so much,” she told the crowd in front of the Pyramid Stage.
In a fake British accent, she asked, “How are you?” Like many Glastonbury rumours, the chatter was one step distant from reality.
Between songs, her colourful commentary made it seem like she was chatting to each crowd member.
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She guided breathing exercises, initiated a reverse Mexican wave, and revealed her three-concert commandments: “Don’t be an asshole, no judgement, and have fun, bitch”.
The playlist was front-loaded with fan favourites like I Didn’t Change My Number, NDA, and Billie Bossa Nova, not great crowd-pleasers.
It was a gutsy move, but many casual viewers left before Bad Guy and Happier Than Ever.
For diehards, Eilish could do no wrong. Goldwing was sung with full intensity, threatening to drown her out.
“This is such an honour,” Eilish said before playing When the Party’s Over. “Thanks for letting me. “What a trip and dream!”
Tonight, her odds of getting invited back are good.
Eilish’s show capped Glastonbury’s first day of music, which featured Primal Scream, Arlo Parks, Little Simz, and Supergrass. On the Pyramid Stage, Wolf Alice performed a scorching performance after a last-minute transatlantic dash to the event.
After a jokey request for a private plane, they returned through a Seattle connection. “We were in Seattle 10 hours ago and worried about train strikes,” Theo Ellis told BBC News before their show.
A squadron of quadbikes escorted them in.
“We were in Mission Impossible for 13 seconds,” Ellis remarked. We made it, and it feels even better to be here. “I still hope something will happen and we won’t play,” Ellie Rowsell said.
I fear jinxing it. But they made it on stage, accompanied by a string quartet, and ripped through Smile.
As they neared the end of their set, Rowsell collapsed onstage to muster the energy to sing Last Man On Earth. As the song concluded, she appeared disoriented and flustered until bandmate Joff Oddie hugged her.
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She told the audience, “We didn’t know if we’d make it today, so this is bizarre and emotional.”
Sam Fender, second on the lineup after Billie Eilish, struggled to regroup between songs until the crowd boosted him with 17 Going Under and Hypersonic Missiles singalongs.
Spice Girl Melanie C joined Blossoms onstage for a raucous version of Spice Up Your Life, and Crowded House welcomed the midday sun with a mash-up of The Kinks’ Sunny Afternoon and their own Pineapple Head.
“I had no idea how fantastic this would be,” Neil Finn commented after leading the crowd in Weather With You.
I think we’re rewriting the world at Glastonbury. “Rediscover community, kindness, common sense,” he said. “Mankind is rewilding.”
The band made a memorable Glastonbury moment when they brought out Buddy, Liam Finn’s grandson.
Thousands chanted the boy’s name as he moonwalked across the stage and grabbed a mic to sing I Got You.
The festival was brought to a halt by Wet Leg (Park Stage) and 90s R&B stalwarts TLC (West Holts). Both acts drew so many admirers that roads had to be shut down.
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The day was bookended by pleas from Ukraine.
Volodymyr Zelensky presented a pre-recorded address before The Libertines on The Other Stage, calling on the globe to “share the truth” about the invasion of Ukraine.
Zelensky said Ukraine “won’t let Russia’s war break us” and wants the war to end before it “ruins lives in Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America.”
“Spread the truth about Russia’s war, help Ukrainians compelled to evacuate,” he added. Ukraine’s Eurovision champions Kalush Orchestra will play after 01:00 in the Shangri-La area.