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Little Simz is headlining Glastonbury Festival’s West Holts stage

The booking shows how swiftly Simz has advanced to top billing at Glastonbury

By Charlotte Krol

Little Simz wears dungarees as she performs live in 2019
Little Simz. (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Frank Schwichtenberg)

Little Simz has been confirmed to headline the West Holts stage at Glastonbury Festival 2022.

The London rapper will top the bill on one of the evenings of June 24, 25 or 26, when Glastonbury returns after two years of postponements owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

Simz last played the West Holts stage in 2016 for a mid-afternoon set, showing how swiftly she’s advanced to top billing. She previously performed at the festival’s latest edition in 2019 when she took to the Park Stage.

Emily Eavis, organiser of Glastonbury, confirmed that Simz will play the 2022 edition while chatting to BBC Radio 1’s Clara Amfo last night (February 2).

“Little Simz…has just confirmed to headline the West Holts Stage,” she said.

Eavis added that Glastonbury is now “in full festival mode” for its June 22-26 event at Worthy Farm in Somerset.

Little Simz’ booking follows the revelation last year that Billie Eilish will headline the Pyramid Stage on the Friday (June 24). Other acts confirmed so far include Diana Ross, who will play the ‘Legends’ slot on the Sunday (June 26).

Yesterday, Eavis also confirmed on Twitter that the full line-up for Glastonbury 2022 will be announced in March.

Meanwhile, Little Simz joins Ed Sheeran, Doja Cat, Dave, Liam Gallagher and more acts in performing at next week’s BRIT Awards.

Simz has nods for Artist of the Year, Mastercard Album of the Year (‘Sometimes I Might Be An Introvert’), Hip Hop/Grime/Rap Act and Best New Artist at the ceremony on February 8.

The rapper topped off a successful 2021 with her fourth album, ‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert’, winning BBC Radio 6 Music’s album of the year poll.

In a statement, Simz said: “A big thank you to BBC Radio 6 Music for choosing my album Sometimes I Might Be Introvert as Number 1 on your Top 10 Albums of the Year. I’m super grateful for all the love and support!”

The record was 6 Music presenter Lauren Laverne’s personal choice for number one. She said: “I’ve been a huge fan of Little Simz over the last few years and have had the privilege of speaking to her about her work on several occasions, on 6 Music.

“When I heard ‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert’ earlier this year, I fell in love with it immediately and knew it was going to be the stand out album of 2021 for me. I’m thrilled that it captured the hearts of other 6 Music presenters too. Congratulations to Little Simz on another fantastic record.”

Simz also bagged the Best Female Act gong at the 2021 MOBO Awards.