PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for June 2022 starring Glastonbury Festival and the legendary Diana Ross

  1. Diana Ross plays Glastonbury legends slot

2022 marks the 1st Glastonbury Festival since 2019 and will be our 7th visit with headliners including Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish and Kendrick Lamar. We’re particularly looking forward to catching Pet Shop Boys and Years and Years as well as Diana Ross in the legends slot. But it’s always about so much more than the music with the atmosphere being unrivalled. Tickets are sold out

  • Read on for reasons including Emilia Clarke in The Seagull, Lorde, Culture Club and Agnes does Mighty Hoopla

2. The Seagull starring Emilia Clarke

We had a ticket for this Jamie Lloyd reimagining of Chekhov before Covid cut short its run. It returns with a cast including Indira Varma (Present Laughter, Old Vic) and monsta Best Theatre Actor winner Daniel Monks (Teenage Dick, Donmar). Runs at the Harold Pinter Theatre 29 June through 10 September. Tickets

3. Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula The Sea Witch

Theatre company Fat Rascal won our monsta for Best New Musical in 2019 with Vulvarine. Unfortunate was a mini album of the week for us in lockdown and it finally takes its bow at the Underbelly Festival in Earl’s Court this month. Runs 21 June to 16 July. Tickets

4. Lorde at Camden Roundhouse

The last time we were at Glastonbury in 2017 New Zealander Lorde was the pick of the acts we saw that year. Her Melodrama collection won our Best Album monsta that year. We were a little disappointed by its follow up Solar Power last year but catch up with her in the more intimate setting of 1 of our favourite London venues, Camden Roundhouse, during a brief UK tour before her Glastonbury return. Tickets Review

5. Mighty Hoopla starring Agnes

Mighty Hoopla is a 2-day festival in Brockwell Park, south London, that we’ve never been to before but will do this month. We’re there for the Saturday (4 June) and are particularly looking forward to seeing Agnes, who won last year’s Best Song monsta, Jessie Ware, Sugababes and Kim Wilde. Tickets Review

6. Culture Club and Bananarama at Kenwood House

Heavy rain sparked safety concerns which caused the cancellation of this gig last summer and, fingers crossed, it can go ahead this month at this picturesque north London site. Boy George and co are always impressive live and the Nanas will have some new material as single Favourite is currently out from an album due in July. Tickets

7. Love, Victor returns

Netflix’s Heartstopper was so heartwarming it’s perhaps stolen some of the thunder of this Love, Simon spin-off which returns to Disney Plus for a 3rd and final 8-episode season on 15 June. Michael Cimino stars as Victor and at the end of the 2nd season we were about to find out whether his heart was with the boyfriend he’d just broken up with or a new friend. Details

8. Dadi Freyr plays Camden Roundhouse

Former Icelandic Eurovision entrant Freyr won our Best Gig monsta last year and returns to this country this month for a 10-date sold out tour including a gig at Camden Roundhouse. Tickets

9. Jessie Buckley releases album with Bernard Butler

Buckley was nominated for an Oscar this year and won a monsta and an Olivier for Cabaret. We wouldn’t have predicted an album with former Suede songwriter Butler would follow but For All Our Days That Tear The Heart is out 17 June. Singles from it released so far include The Eagle And The Dove and Seven Red Rose Tattoos. The unlikely duo has already played 1 London gig and play the capital’s Lafayette venue 17 June. Tickets

  • Picture via Facebook courtesy Glastonbury Festival Tickets
  • Have you heard any of these songs or seen any of these shows? Let us know what you thought in the comments belowEnjoyed this review? Follow monstagigz on Twitter @NeilDurham, email and check us out on Instagram and Facebook

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