Ukrainian bands set to perform at Glastonbury to bring poignant anti-war message

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Glastonbury will play host to several Ukrainian acts this year to bring an anti-war message to the festival amid the Russian invasion of their country.

Folk quartet DakhaBrakha, who hail from Ukraine's capital Kyiv, will perform on Sunday afternoon on the Pyramid stage.

The group, who combine the musical styles of several local ethnic groups, have described themselves as "ambassadors of free Ukraine" and have long used their performances to voice their opposition to war and the policies of Vladimir Putin.

They have been donating money raised by their recent performances to the war effort.

Meanwhile, Go-A will open the John Peel stage on Saturday with a performance of electronic folk music and soaring vocal melodies.

The group, who formed in 2012, represented Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2021 with the anthemic dance track Shum, placing fifth.

Band member Ihor Didenchuk is also a member of Kalush Orchestra, who triumphed during the contest this year after a symbolic show of public support saw them climb to first place with 631 points.

Glastonbury will also host Jamala, who won Eurovision for Ukraine in 2016 with her song 1944, about the forced deportation in Crimea during the rule of Joseph Stalin.

The singer was forced to flee her country following the invasion and played during a fundraising concert for Ukraine in March in Birmingham that also featured stars such as Ed Sheeran, Camila Cabello and Emeli Sande.

She will be playing a late night set starting at 2am on Saturday night at the Toad Hall stage.

Announcing the news in June, she wrote on Instagram: "I will be closing the Toad Hall stage of the legendary British festival on June 25. Really looking forward to this show – to play with my band again, to perform new music."

Paul McCartney is reportedly set to 'virtually reunite' with John Lennon at the festival.

The musician will headline the music festival on Sunday, June 26, 2022 and perform a highly anticipated set, which is reported to include a virtual duet with John Lennon.

Paul's late Beatles bandmate and fellow music icon John Lennon was tragically killed at the age of 40 years old, after he was shot in New York On December 8, 1980.

Paul McCartney's recent US tour has included a virtual duet with John.

A source close to Paul. told Daily Mail that the singer is planning to include the duet as part of his.

He said: "He is tinkering around with the setlist but it looks like he will do a virtual duet with John Lennon

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