In the afternoon, huge crowds flocked to see George Ezra after the British singer announced that he would be performing a surprise show at Glastonbury.
“SURPRISE! glastonbury see you at 2pm on the John Peel Stage for a big quaint party,” Ezra tweeted at 11pm.
Just three days earlier, Ezra had had to withdraw from the Tinderbox Festival in Denmark because he had suffered from “a nasty bout of laryngitis”.
In a Tweet shared on June 23, he explained, “I have been suffering from a nasty bout of laryngitis and as directed by my doctor I was advised to take a complete 48-hour rest.”
He added, “I hate to cancel shows but sadly this is out of my control.”
Happily, however, Ezra appeared to be recovering quickly, and it wasn’t long after news of his performance was announced, excited fans began to gather around the John Peel Stage. .
“This is what happens when a secret set is not a secret,” joked one passerby.
This is not the first surprise performance at Glastonbury this year. After swirling rumors, Paolo Nutini competed at The Rabbit Hole in the early hours of yesterday evening. It was later confirmed in today’s edition of the Glastonbury Free Press that Jack White will be playing on the Park Stage tonight.
The news was shared as an announcement. It says: “Interesting opportunity in the field of audience science. Musician Jack White is looking for 10,000 boisterous and loud individuals to participate in a top-secret concert experiment. Eligible applicants must apply in person by 6pm on June 26 at The Park Stage. “
Although Glastonbury Festival ends tonight, there’s still plenty of music to come: Diana Ross, Elbow, Lorde and Kendrick Lamar will perform on the Pyramid Stage this afternoon and tonight, the Pet Shop Boys and Kacey Musgraves will perform on the Other Stage, Bicep will play on the West Holts Stage and Little Dragon and Charlie XCX will play on the John Peel Stage.
Since Ezra’s announcement, his place in the John Peel Stage 2022 squad has been added to the Glastonbury website.
Ezra rose to prominence in 2014 with the hit Budapest. Then, the singer-songwriter’s second album Staying at Tamara hit number one in the UK, as did his 2018 track Shotgun. In 2019, he won the Brit Award for British Male Solo Artist.