“When we saw Nile Rogers at Glastonbury it was life changing”

At present, Haim are mostly inhabitants of Glasto. First performing here almost a decade ago, their Saturday afternoon prime-time slot at Glastonbury 2022 was their fifth trip to Worthy Farm. Their festival history has seen sickness on stage (in 2013 Este passed out during their performance on Pyramid Stage), doing it digitally (their Stone Circle set was a highlight of last year’s digital festivities) and many killer performances.

They are also quick to say how much they love the festival. As Alana tells the audience at the start of their performance, “I can’t believe we’re here!… last year we had the chance to do the livestream, it was fun; but it’s a little better!

Catching up an hour after breaking their performance on Pyramid Stage, we spoke to Haim about their favorite Glasto moments, where they’re with album four and hanging out with Drake in Toronto.

Your show today seemed like a long time coming – you were due to play in 2020 the weekend your album ‘Women In Music Pt. III’ came out. How does it feel to be back on the Pyramid Stage?

Alana: “I mean we’ll play Glastonbury whenever they want us to play, I don’t care! We were so happy to be here.

Is: “On a record cycle, off a record cycle…”

Alana: “Releasing ‘WIMPIII’ was a big deal for us, I think it’s our favorite album we’ve ever released, and it was so good to finally play it live on the Glastonbury stage.”

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You’ve already talked about watching videos from your childhood – what does this festival mean to you?

Danielle: “We watched some crazy bootleg YouTube videos because they weren’t shown as widely in the US, so you had to find videos from different years and watch them, so we were always big fans of them. And I came here when I was 20 with Julian Casablancas. We played on the John Peel stage, so I said to my sisters, ‘One day we’ll play Glastonbury – I don’t know when, I don’t know how , but one day we will get there!”

Is: “And me and Alana were like, ‘We will?! “”

Do you have a particular memory of the festival? Would it be one today?

Alana: “Oh my god, I think today was my favorite moment we played, I have to say it’s hard to pick an amazing moment…”

Is: “I have one! As a member of the public, when we saw Nile Rogers, it changed my life. I had my first cider, I had never had cider before. And I was watching Nile Rogers with my first cider!

‘WIMPIII’ was released two years ago now, are you working on new music?

Alana: “We are always writing, it never stops. I think the biggest issue is being away from touring for two years which upset us the most, we always considered ourselves a touring band. We love playing live, and we just did our US tour and in a few weeks we’re going to do our UK tour, and we’re so excited. We play at the O2 arena!

Is: “It was a to-do list.”

Alana: “And we’re so happy, I can’t believe it, and we’re so happy to finally be able to play this record live because we always said when we made this record, it had to be played live, it’s not wasn’t just to be listened to on record, it was meant to be seen and played live, and that’s really great.

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So after this tour, maybe you’ll go home and start recording four?

Alana: “Of course, why not, come on! We are still writing.

And we recently saw a picture of you and Drake hanging out. When he posted it, he called you The Beatles. So which Beatle would you be?

Alana: “You can’t ask us which Beatle we are.”

Is: “That’s such an unfair question!”

Alana: “We had no idea he was going to call us the Beatles, so we’re so grateful. Thank you Drak.”

How did the photo come about?

Alana: “We literally landed in Toronto and went to the first restaurant we saw…it was like stepping out of a movie. We were at this restaurant by chance and Drake came along.

Danielle: “It looks like folklore, like a mythical story.”

Alana: “But that’s what happened!”

Is: “We wore our clothes straight from the plane, to see Drake.”

Alana: “Well, we didn’t know! It’s pretty crazy.

Is: “But that’s what I’m saying, we didn’t know and he showed up and I was wearing pajamas and uggs and no makeup and acne meds, to meet Drake.”

Alana: “It was great.”

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Elizabeth J. Harless