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Billie Eilish plays new song at Manchester gig

Eilish is set to headline Glastonbury later this month

By Sam Moore

Billie Eilish performs at Glastonbury 2019
Billie Eilish at Glastonbury 2019 (Picture: Alamy)

Billie Eilish has debuted a new song at her headline show in Manchester on 7 June.

Performing at the city’s AO Arena, the concert marked Eilish’s first gig in the UK for three years.

Speaking to the audience before premiering the song, Eilish said: “We haven’t played a new song live before it’s out since 2017 or 2018. This is one we just wrote, and we just wanted to play for you.”

Recordings of the track, which seems to be called ‘TV’ soon made their way online and show an acoustic song performed with her brother Finneas.

The lyrics of the song address recent attempts to overturn abortion rights in the US and also the recently concluded Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trial.

Eilish sang: “The internet’s gone wild watching movie stars on trial /While they’re overturning Roe v. Wade.”

Eilish has previously been vocal about attempts to restrict access to abortion in America.

Addressing a crowd in Texas last year after the state implemented new abortion laws, she said: “When they made that shit a law, I almost didn’t want to do the show because I wanted to punish this fucking place for allowing that to happen here. But then I remembered that it’s you guys that are the fuckin’ victims, and you deserve everything in the world. And we need to tell them to shut the fuck up.”

Eilish then shouted: “My body, my fucking choice!”

Eilish is set to continue her UK tour over the next month performing dates in London, Birmingham and Glasgow.

She will also be headlining the first night of Glastonbury, becoming the youngest ever headliner of the famed festival.

Playing before her on the Pyramid Stage are Sam Fender, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Wolf Alice and Crowded House.

The other two headliners at this year’s Glastonbury are Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar.