Glastonbury 2024: Michael Kiwanuka Shines On Pyramid Stage

The soulful songwriter re-asserts his worth...

Mercury winner Michael Kiwanuka has just played an ecstatic set on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage.

The songwriter’s third album ‘KIWANUKA’ was released in 2019, a terrific release that rightly won that year’s Mercury Prize. Since then he’s focussed on his family, taking a step back to re-charge before working on his next step.

Taking to the stage at the Pyramid Stage, Michael Kiwanuka cut a suitably beatific figure. Drawing on the full force of his catalogue, he opened with ‘Hard To Say Goodbye’, then stormed into a piercing, urgent ‘You Ain’t The Problem’.

Joined by an excellent band, Michael Kiwanuka twisted familiar material into fresh shapes – re-working ‘Hero’ as a gilded piece of psychedelic soul to the clear delight of the packed Pyramid Stage crowd.

There was room for a guest, too. Michael Kiwanuka was joined by the radiant Lianne La Havas on ‘Rule The World’. Equipment malfunctions forced the songwriter to abandon ‘Solid Ground’ however – he coyly told the crowd “they don’t make ‘em like they used to”.

Bathing in early evening sunlight, Michael Kiwanuka’s golden hour set climaxed with ‘Love & Hate’. He departed, telling the crowd: “Thank you so much for having me, enjoy the rest of your festival!”

Stay tuned for further Glastonbury updates.

Photo Credit: Eleonora Collini

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