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Check out our photos of Rina Sawayama’s storming Glastonbury set

The pop star pulled no punches in a full-throttle set – even calling out her label mate Matty Healy

By Charlotte Krol

Rina Sawayama (Picture: Aaron Parsons/Rolling Stone UK)

Rina Sawayama put on a full-throttle performance at this year’s Glastonbury Festival – check out oue stunning photos from her set below.

The pop star, who released her UK Top 10 album Hold the Girl last year, performed on stage with a industrial, boxing ring aesthetic as she rattled through songs including ‘STFU!’, ‘XS’ and ‘Dynasty’.

Before ‘STFU!’, Sawayama called out at The 1975’s Matty Healy for controversial comments he made on a podcast in February.

Sawayama, who is signed to Dirty Hit, the same record label as Healy’s band, hit out at Healy after he mocked the heritage of rapper Ice Spice.

“I wrote this next song because I was sick and tired of micro-aggressions. So, tonight, this song goes out to a white man who watches [pornography show] Ghetto Gaggers and mocks Asian people on a podcast. He also owns my masters. I’ve had enough,” said Sawayama.

The podcast, hosted by Adam Friedland, also heard The 1975 singer explain how he watched the pornography mentioned by Sawayama. Referring to one scene, Healy explained how it “brutalised” women.

Elsewhere in a set that saw her nail several costume changes, Sawayama covered Limp Bizkit’s ‘Break Stuff’ and treated fans to other favourites from her back catalogue including ‘Beg For You’ and ‘Comme des garçons (Like the Boys)’.

Last night (25 June), Sawayama joined Elton John on stage to performed Kiki Dee’s part in ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’.

Rolling Stone UK’s Nick Reilly wrote in a five-star review of John’s performance: “If this truly is the end of Elton’s performing days, then he’s going out on an almighty high.

“But his voice – seemingly unaffected by the ravishes of time – and unparalleled talent, are still shining as bright as ever. On the basis of tonight’s show, it’s high time to hope for one more trip on the yellow brick road.”

Catch up on other Glastonbury Festival 2023 news and reviews here.