Who will be heading up Glastonbury next year?
With the news that Glastonbury would not be returning for 2018 to allow for Worthy Farm to recover with a fallow year, fans and music lovers alike have been practically salivating at the thought of who could be headlining – and the Eavis family’s mysterious hints certainly haven’t helped at all.
Already we know that the festival will be taking place from June 26th 2019 until Sunday June 30th, with tickets due to go on sale later this year, but the line-up has remained shrouded in secrecy with festival founder Michael Eavis saying that the next festival will feature “two or three [headliners] that have never played” there before and his daughter Emily confirmed that at least one has already been booked.
“Headliners should be the best artists around – whether they’re rappers, pop stars or rock bands,” she told NME. “The genre is irrelevant – it’s about who is going to produce the most exciting show and is making the best music.”
“We always encounter debate, which is great, that’s what it’s all about. Most music fans are open minded and many discover new music by coming to festivals and getting blown away by some amazing artist that they’ve never seen before. We aren’t giving anything away as to who we are looking at for next year’s festival, but we’ve booked one headliner so far”
The anticipation is absolutely killing us so lets dive into who this impenetrable act may be…
The Arctic Monkeys have been driving fans near rabid by announcing dates and festival appearances all over Europe except the UK. So far all we know is that they’ll be performing at the TRNSMT Festival this July, but it seems like they’re building to some big announcement (which will hopefully be a tour). Headlining Glastonbury Festival next year would be great way to make up for all this teasing, but the fact they’ve already headlined twice before clashes with Michael’s new act hint.
Okay, hear me out – this one would make a lot of sense. Sundays at Glasto almost always comprise of older yet legendary acts, and organiser Emily Eavis followed the icon on instagram just last year, coincidence? Well, yes probably but still. The two are partnered with similar charities, Madonna has family in the area, and it would certainly help to have more women headlining major festivals but, she’s also never played there before which follows Michael’s hints at the headliners being new to Glasto – this is still a possibility.
Elton John recently announced his farewell from touring after 5 long decades on the road, and I cannot think of a better way to round off a goodbye tour than a blowout performance on Glastonbury’s mainstage. He’s never played the festival before, and he’s said before that: “I don’t think I am a Glastonbury type of act, but having said that I played Bestival and had a great time…so we’ll see.”
Holographic Roy Orbison
The marvel of modern technology, eh? Roy Orbison left us in 1988 following a heart attack, but his son has been working on a holographic performance of his father that could even play outside. “This show would be perfect for that audience,” he said on Glastonbury. “The technology is moving so fast. At first we were told we could only play theatres, so we could control the interplay of the light. But now the Orbison hologram can play an outdoor festival, even in daylight, and it will still look good.”
Personally I think this one might be a little farfetched – they’d certainly be taking a risk in booking it – but still, Glasto may have its first holographic act coming soon.
Kendrick Lamar just happens to be one of the hottest rappers right now, and yet he’s never played Glastonbury before? We know that Emily Eavis is a fan, as she attended his London show earlier this year, and he’s playing Reading and Leeds Festival so he clearly likes the UK festival scene. Playing Glasto is like a rite of passage for artists, so he’s going to have to do it sometimes, why not 2019?
Do you know what 2019 will be? Just the fiftieth anniversary of one of the world’s greatest bands, Led Zeppelin. Already frontman Robert Plant has confirmed that a celebration is in the works saying: “We’re planning to get together and talk about it. But there will be a celebration, I’m sure, somewhere. A cork will pop!”.
What better way than to celebrate on stage at one of the biggest music festivals in the world? The band has never played the festival before (we’re not counting Plant’s solo sets), and it’s no secret that festival founder Michael Eavis is quite a big fan. He’s expressed regret for letting 2018 be a fallow year, and that if a “certain band” reformed he’d reconsider… Plant is still thoroughly against a reunion, but one-off anniversary celebration is definitely possible.
Emily hasn’t kept it a secret that she’d love to see Fleetwood Mac on the Glastonbury stage and they’ve never played the festival before, opting to visit the Isle of Wight Festival in 2015 – maybe it’s time for them to play in 2019? Although, part of me is suspect because surely if there was a possibility of them performing Emily wouldn’t have mentioned their names at all…
I know, it’s actually crazy to think that The Strokes have never played Glastonbury but that makes them contenders for the headlining slot! And what with rumours of a follow-up album to 2013’s Comedown Machine coming out in 2019, it would be perfect timing.
Love it or hate it, Taylor Swift is definitely one of the biggest acts in the world right now – and she’s also never played Glastonbury. As far as I’m aware, outdoor festivals don’t seem to be her usual kind of performances but who turns down Glastonbury? What with her new album Reputation out as well, there’s no reason she couldn’t be blasting out of Somerset in 2019.
The Spice Girls
This just might be a pipedream after they shut down all rumous of reunion tour this year, but wouldn’t it just be so great! One of the things that has been holding them back from doing a tour was their families and other responsibilities, but one show on one day isn’t so impossible, right?
Niall Horan or Harry Styles
Both Harry Styles and Niall Horan have been doing exceptionally well with their solo breakouts, so it would only make sense that they may play set at Glastonbury next year. Maybe not as the main headliner, but certainly on the Other Stage.
Beyoncé & Jay Z
If you haven’t heard that Beyoncé and Jay Z are rolling out the On The Run tour once again, please crawl out from under whatever rock you are clearly living in. These two haven’t really played in the UK recently, and their last joint shows only made it as far as France in 2014 so maybe it’s time for them to grace the stage together. The only problem is both of them have played Glastonbury before, but not together…
So who do you think is likely to head up Glastonbury? Personally, my money is on Elton John: he’s one of the world’s biggest stars, everyone loves his music and the timing of his farewell tour is just too perfect an opportunity for an amazing show! Why not vote for who you think could be topping the bill below:
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