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SZA Admits Nervousness Headlining Final Night of Glastonbury

US R&B star SZA admitted she was “so nervous” as she closed out her headlining set on the Pyramid Stage on the final night at Glastonbury.

The singer appeared to have some sound issues during her performance, with fans watching at home complaining that her vocals appeared distorted or muffled. However, the crowd at Worthy Farm sang along to hits including “Love Galore,” “F2F,” “I Hate U,” and “Kiss Me More,” her collaboration with Doja Cat, which was interspersed with Prince’s “Kiss.”

Solana Rowe, known professionally as SZA, opened her show on an elevated podium with her Travis Scott collaboration “Love Galore.” She was then lowered down to a stage adorned with elaborate pillars and a large insect, which she sat on for her rendition of the ballad “Drew Barrymore.”

Dressed in a patterned bodysuit and flat boots with neon laces that ran up to her thighs, she engaged the crowd by asking, “Do I have any day ones in the crowd?”

During her performance of “Kill Bill,” which takes its name from the Quentin Tarantino film starring Uma Thurman, she brandished two machetes before changing into a forest green gown adorned with leaves, paired with metallic wings, for “Supermodel,” a track from her debut album, “Ctrl.”

For “Nobody Gets Me,” SZA climbed up a large fallen tree trunk and sat on an elevated platform. She also performed other tracks such as “Normal Girl” and “Rich Baby Daddy,” the latter being a collaboration with Drake and Sexyy Red. She then closed her set with “20 Something,” also from “Ctrl.”

She addressed the crowd, saying, “Glasto, you want to do ’20 Something’ before we leave? This is for day ones and day ones only.” Concluding her show, she added, “Glastonbury, I was so nervous to be here with you today. I’m so grateful, you have my deepest love and my deepest respect. I love you always, god bless you. Get home safely, my name is SZA, good night.”

Her headline set follows the notable performance of Shania Twain in the Legends slot, where she performed from her extensive hit back catalogue, including “That Don’t Impress Me Much” and “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!” Twain, who wore a ruffled pink ensemble that she shed to reveal a black mini-dress, told the crowd, “I find moments like this very life changing.”

Twain is also scheduled to perform a headline set at Hyde Park’s British Summer Time (BST) festival on July 7, with special guests The Corrs. Following Twain’s set, fellow Canadian Avril Lavigne played her hits, including “Sk8r Boi,” “Girlfriend,” and “Complicated” on the Other Stage, telling the crowd that she has always “loved” performing in the UK.

Nigerian singer Burna Boy also energized festival-goers from the Pyramid Stage, getting them to jump up and down and sing along to his Afrobeat hits. Earlier on Sunday, a barefoot Paloma Faith gave relationship advice to the Pyramid Stage audience, targeted specifically at men. After leading the audience in a singalong of her track “Sweatpants,” from her album “The Glorification Of Sadness,” which delves into the end of a relationship, she mentioned she had been experimenting with dating apps.

Faith described the modern dating scene as the “wild west” where people “don’t really know how to connect anymore.” She added, “Try and stay together, but it’s the resentment that’s the problem. So all I’m asking, this is a plea, I’m talking about (heterosexual) men, if you are married … and I just want you to notice that if a woman does the same action every single day, it means it needs doing, so don’t wait to ask to do it, just do it.”

Festival organizer Emily Eavis has confirmed 2026 will be a fallow year for Glastonbury to allow the land to rest and recover, but she is already in talks with acts to headline in 2025. In 2024, the festival featured two female headliners on the Pyramid Stage for the first time, with Dua Lipa on Friday and SZA on Sunday. On Saturday night, Coldplay made history as the first act to headline the festival five times.

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