Kendrick Lamar Glastonbury 2022: setlist and reviews

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The American rapper was one of many artists to call out the recent Roe v Wade coup in the US, including fellow headliner Billie Eilish



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Kendrick Lamar headlines the Pyramid Stage during day five of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26th, 2022 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

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What was his set list?

This is Lamar’s Glastonbury closing setlist, which he performed on Sunday (June 26) on the Pyramid Stage:

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Kendrick Lamar opened his set with his song United in Grief (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
  • United in sorrow
  • mad city
  • money trees
  • Freestyle in the back seat
  • The art of peer pressure
  • swimming pools (drunk)
  • poetic justice
  • B*tch, don’t kill my vibe
  • N95
  • count me out
  • mortal man
  • King Kunta
  • I
  • in order
  • Institutionalized
  • The blacker the berry
  • BLOOD
  • DNS
  • ELEMENT
  • silent Hill
  • LOYALTY
  • DESIRE
  • MODEST
  • LOVE.
  • savior

What do reviews say?

The reviews for Lamar’s set at Glastonbury were overwhelmingly positive – Alexis Pedtridis of the Guardian called it “staggering brilliance”.

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Pedtridis wrote, “With a jeweled crown of thorns and a keen sense of theater, Lamar proves he’s one of the most gifted rappers we have.”

Kendrick Lamar directed the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset (Picture: PA)

Ben Bryant from the Independently said: “But what a set. This is so badass it breathes life back into a crowd struggling to stay conscious.”

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at the IKate Solomon said that Lamar’s set was “part singalong headline set, part theatrics and all incredible.”

“From the moment his dancers took the stage to his new album’s instrumentals, it was clear that we were in for something very different than the previous nights’ Paul McCartney’s squats or Billie Eilish’s hijinks,” Solomon wrote.

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What did he say about women’s rights?

Lamar ended his set with his song saviora tune from his last album Mr. Morale and the big steppers.

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The performance reached its theatrical climax at the end when the lights came on during his performance savior to reveal that false blood flowed down his face from a crown of thorns.

Before playing the song, Lamar, who had previously been open about his Christian faith, said the crown of thorns represented Christ.

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Kendrick Lamar wore a crown of thorns during his performance (Picture: PA)

The words “You Savior I Am Not” blazed on the screens behind him as he performed the track, fake blood continuously flowing down his face and white shirt.

As the track wound down, Lamar continued rapping acapella, repeating, “They judge you, they judge Christ, thank God for women’s rights.”

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He kept going and getting angrier and angrier before throwing away the mic and walking off the stage.

A number of artists spoke about the Roe v Wade reversal during the festival.

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During her performance, New Zealand singer Lorde told the crowd: “Do you want to hear a secret girl? Your bodies were designed to be controlled and objectified even before you were born.

New Zealand singer Lorde performs on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

“This horror is your birthright. But here’s another secret. You have ancient strength. wisdom of the ages. Wisdom that has driven every woman that has come before you.

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“This wisdom is also your birthright. I ask you today to make the exercise of this wisdom your life’s work, for everything depends on it.

“Fuck the Supreme Court.”

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Phoebe Brigers led the audience with a chant of “F**k the Supreme Court,” adding, “All these irrelevant old motherfuckers trying to tell us what to do with our fucking bodies. Fuck it all.”

Phoebe Bridgers performs on the John Peel Stage on day three of the Glastonbury Festival (Photo by Kate Green/Getty Images)

Joe Talbot of the band Idles described the Supreme Court decision as “back to the Middle Ages,” and on Saturday (June 25) Olivia Rodrigo brought out Lily Allen as a special guest to sing the 2009 song fuck you to the five Supreme Court Justices – Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh.

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Billie Eilish, who made history as Glastonbury’s youngest solo headliner, also spoke out against the verdict.

Billie Eilish performs on the Pyramid Stage on day three of the Glastonbury Festival (Photo by Kate Green/Getty Images for ABA)

Speaking of the Pyramid Stage, the 20-year-old said: “Today is a really, really dark day for women in America.

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“I’m only saying that because I can’t bear to think about it any longer.”

She then dedicated her song your power, a song about older men abusing their power, to all concerned.

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