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Olivia Dean Honors Grandmother at Glastonbury, Set to Headline Pyramid Stage

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Soul singer Olivia Dean touched hearts at Glastonbury‘s Pyramid Stage with a special dedication to her grandmother and the Windrush generation. Wearing a remarkable T-shirt featuring her grandmother’s face, the 25-year-old artist performed hit songs including Carmen as a tribute.

Her accolades as the winner of the BBC Introducing artist of the year award and a Mercury Prize nominee for the album Messy added to the anticipation of her set following rock band Squeeze‘s opening act on Friday.

Later in the festival lineup, the crowd eagerly awaits the headline performance by 28-year-old British-Albanian singer Dua Lipa, set to belt out popular tracks such as Houdini and Training Season from her third studio album, Radical Optimism.

Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis, featured on BBC Radio 2‘s The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show, hinted at the highly anticipated Coldplay Saturday performance and the significance of American R&B singer SZA and country star Shania Twain‘s appearances.

Eavis defended the festival’s diverse lineup amidst criticism, emphasizing the evolution of music genres over time. She acknowledged the shifting landscape while expressing excitement and gratitude for the festival attendees’ overwhelming support.

Despite the upcoming general election, Eavis acknowledged the festival’s unique timing and the decision not to broadcast the Euro 2024 football tournament. While the Met Office predicts a great weather for the weekend, music fans will relish the lively atmosphere with a slight chance of showers.

Thursday’s Glastonbury events paid tribute to DJ Annie Nightingale, with Sir Michael Eavis making a special appearance that captivated the crowd. Fitness enthusiast Joe Wicks led a workout session, aiming to bring his motivational exercises to the Pyramid Stage in the future.

Rachel Adams

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