How Wizkid became the first African artiste to headline Glastonbury

Nigerian music star Ayodeji Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid, has made history by becoming the first African artiste to headline Glastonbury Festival, UK’s biggest music fest. The festival, which was held in Somerset, England, had over 210,000 attendees.

Wizkid headlined the “The Other Stage” of the festival, which is commonly acknowledged as the second stage at the festival. His stage time was announced as 10.30 pm on June 23, 2023 and his performance was described as energetic and electrifying.

This achievement is another major feat in Wizkid’s career, which has seen him win several awards, including the Grammy Awards. Wizkid’s music has gained international recognition and has been described as a blend of Afrobeat, reggae, and hip-hop.

Fans of the Nigerian superstar have taken to social media to celebrate his historic achievement, with many describing it as a win for African music. Wizkid’s performance at Glastonbury Festival has further cemented his place as one of Africa’s biggest music exports.

The festival had an extensive lineup comprising hundreds of bands and here are some of the other notable performers at Glastonbury this year:

Arctic Monkeys

Guns N’ Roses

Elton John

Lana Del Rey


Carly Rae Jepsen


Fred Again


Rick Astley

Maisie Peters

Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Rina Sawayama

Maggie Rogers

Weyes Blood

Queens of the Stone Age

Royal Blood

Stefflon Don

Lewis Capaldi

Foo Fighters

Apart from The Other Stage, which featured Wizkid, the other stages include:

Pyramid Stage

West Holts Stage


The Park Stage

Acoustic Stage

Avalon Stage

Left Field

Silver Hayes (The Levels, The Lonely Hearts Club, and The Firmly Rooted)

Stonebridge Bar

The Glade

There were several standout performances at The Other Stage at Glastonbury 2023. Here are some of them:

Lizzo: The American singer and rapper delivered a powerful and soulful performance that had the crowd singing and dancing along.

Raye: The British singer-songwriter wowed the audience with her powerful vocals and catchy pop tunes.

Rina Sawayama: The Japanese-British singer and model delivered a high-energy performance that showcased her unique blend of pop, rock, and R&B.

Maggie Rogers: The American singer-songwriter impressed the audience with her soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics.

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