Lorde performs on the Pyramid Stage during day five of Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2022 in Glastonbury, England.
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Glastonbury makes a visually arresting return
From high-octane costumes to awe-inspiring art and set design, the 2022 Glastonbury festival made a stunning comeback.
By Leah Dolan, CNN
Published 27th June 2022
Glastonbury, the world-famous art and music festival set within 900 acres of the British countryside, made a sensational return this weekend after a two-year pandemic-induced hiatus. Boasting the title of the largest green-field festival in the world, it has long been an important pillar of the UK's art and culture scene. This year, Glastonbury celebrate its belated 50th anniversary (it turned 50 in 2020 while the live music industry was suffering travel restrictions, lockdowns and social distancing mandates) with performances by former Beatle Paul McCartney and disco luminary Diana Ross.
Scroll through to see some of the most dazzling moments from the five-day event.
The Arcadia spider spouting flames during day three of Glastonbury Festival.
The Arcadia spider spouting flames during day three of Glastonbury Festival. Credit: Matt Cardy/Getty Images
Megan Thee Stallion's stage look was a custom leather corset by Burberry.
Megan Thee Stallion's stage look was a custom leather corset by Burberry. Credit: Matthew Baker/Redferns/Getty Images
Amy Taylor of Amyl and the Sniffers performs on the John Peel stage during day five.
Amy Taylor of Amyl and the Sniffers performs on the John Peel stage during day five. Credit: Matthew Baker/Redferns/Getty Images
Annie Clark of St. Vincent wore a Gucci X Adidas look for her performance on the Other stage during day three of Glastonbury.
Annie Clark of St. Vincent wore a Gucci X Adidas look for her performance on the Other stage during day three of Glastonbury. Credit: Jim Dyson/Getty Images
Roisin Murphy performs on the West Holts Stage during day four of Glastonbury.
Roisin Murphy performs on the West Holts Stage during day four of Glastonbury. Credit: Kate Green/Getty Images
Kendrick Lamar donned a crown of thorns and a stream of fake blood for a theatrical performance on the Pyramid stage.
Kendrick Lamar donned a crown of thorns and a stream of fake blood for a theatrical performance on the Pyramid stage. Credit: Joseph Okpako/WireImage/Getty Images
Olivia Rodrigo and Lily Allen embrace after performing a duet of Allen's "F*ck You," dedicated to the Supreme Court's judgment to overturn Roe V. Wade.
Olivia Rodrigo and Lily Allen embrace after performing a duet of Allen's "F*ck You," dedicated to the Supreme Court's judgment to overturn Roe V. Wade. Credit: Joseph Okpako/WireImage/Getty Images
A couple dressed as flower pots walk around the site during day two of Glastonbury.
A couple dressed as flower pots walk around the site during day two of Glastonbury. Credit: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images
Dress codes went out the window.
Dress codes went out the window. Credit: Kate Green/Getty Images
Danielle Haim from Haim performs on The Pyramid Stage during day four.
Danielle Haim from Haim performs on The Pyramid Stage during day four. Credit: Harry Durrant/Getty Images
Charli XCX performs on the John Peel Stage during day five.
Charli XCX performs on the John Peel Stage during day five. Credit: Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage/Getty Images
Skin of Skunk Anansie performs on the Other Stage during day four.
Skin of Skunk Anansie performs on the Other Stage during day four. Credit: Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage/Getty Images
The dramatic Shangri-La area of the festival.
The dramatic Shangri-La area of the festival. Credit: Jim Dyson/Getty Images
Phoebe Bridgers had a painterly set design during her Glastonbury slot.
Phoebe Bridgers had a painterly set design during her Glastonbury slot. Credit: Guy Bell/Shutterstock
Fashion model and actress Iris Law is spotted in a carefree look.
Fashion model and actress Iris Law is spotted in a carefree look. Credit: Mark Boland/Getty Images
Many festival goers opted for costumes over clothes.
Many festival goers opted for costumes over clothes. Credit: Leon Neal/Getty Images
A pair of performers on stilts ride through the campsite.
A pair of performers on stilts ride through the campsite. Credit: Matthew Baker/Redferns/Getty Images
Disco legend Diana Ross headlined Glastonbury 2022.
Disco legend Diana Ross headlined Glastonbury 2022. Credit: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images
Former Beatle and headline act Paul McCartney gave a tribute to Ukraine during his Pyramid stage set.
Former Beatle and headline act Paul McCartney gave a tribute to Ukraine during his Pyramid stage set. Credit: Harry Durrant/Getty Images