Billy Ailish admitted that she constantly feels like she “doesn’t deserve everything”, but that makes her even more excited to become the youngest solo headliner of the Glastonbury Festival.
The singer, who won a Grammy, 20, will make history when she goes on stage at the Pyramids on Friday night, while the festival returns after a three-year break due to the pandemic.
Ailish mentioned that the title role as a woman also makes her “excited for the future” because she feels that there are fewer artists in the first place.
Speaking on the eve of her performance in front of Matt Wilkinson for his special show Glastonbury on Apple Music 1, she said: “It is a serious opportunity that is provided once in a lifetime to be asked to go and do it.
“And I always feel like I don’t deserve everything, and I think that’s a good thing. I would say that is mostly a good thing.
“But above all, it makes you doubt everything because you’re like, ‘Why would you choose me?’
“But considering that, that’s why I’m even more excited about it and excited to be the youngest headliner ever.
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“And I’m a woman and that’s really cool. And that makes me excited for the future. And unfortunately, there aren’t many female headliners all the time, so I feel really honored and really excited. “
The star lineup also includes Sir Paul McCartney, who will perform on Saturday night, while rapper Kendrick Lamar will play on Sunday.
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Ailish debuted in Glastonbury in 2019 when she performed on the Second Stage and honored the audience with a series of songs such as Bad Guy and You Should See Me In A Crown.
The singer revealed that she is trying to stay calm ahead of her title page this weekend because she feels she will be overwhelmed if she thinks too much about the performance.
She said: “To do this kind of show and title it and with all the pressure of it, it’s like, if you think too much, you could bomb.
“That’s why I’m trying to be as calm as possible. But if I think about it, it’s like it’s the best I’ve ever heard.
“I mean, Glastonbury. Come on, it’s so cool. So I’m very, very nerdy, very excited. “
The American pop star added that she knew that the festival was “big”, but that she “did not hesitate” whether to use the opportunity after she confirmed that she functioned within her schedule.
Ailish will perform alongside his brother and co-writer Finneas O’Connell.
O’Connell said that coming to the Glastonbury title was “incredible” and “a huge part”.
He said: “Everyone who has been lucky enough to go to music festivals around the world is saying the same thing, and that is that there is nothing like Glastonbury.
“Everyone wants it to be Glastonbury. So, just a huge part.
“Again, this is the company you are in. The fact that we are there with McCartney and Kendrick and everyone in the series as well, I am a big fan of so many artists who play every day. It’s so exciting. “
In the weeks leading up to Glastonbury, Ailish played on tour dates in the UK and Europe, and also hosted the climate event, Overheated, at London’s O2 Arena.
She was also at the top of the list at Coachella in the USA in April, bringing guests Khalid and Damon Albarn for a set that delighted fans and reviewers.
Matt Wilkinson’s Glastonbury Special on Apple Music 1 will be broadcast on apple.co / _MattWilkinson today from 12-14 hours BST, repeated on Friday, June 24, 12-14 hours BST