Alright; this is the first Glastonbury article I’ve written in a long time. The last festival’s been over for two months, but it looks like Michael Eavis already has the next year’s headliners booked. No, he won’t explain who they are. Tickets are due to go on sale in October, and the festival will take place on June 27-9, but he’s already got the headliners booked. Naturally, if last year was any indication, we’ll have to wait until late March for the names to come out. However, Michael Eavis has narrowed it down: none of the three headliners would have performed at the festival before.
I posted a list of the original favourites for the 2014 Festival two months ago.
Here’s the ones that are out of the running: Kasabian, Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, Bob Dylan, Oasis, David Bowie, Jay-Z, Happy Mondays, New Order, Florence and the Machine, Bruce Springsteen, and Elvis Costello.
Here’s the ones who have never played: Noel Gallagher and the High Flying Birds, The Stone Roses (almost headlined in 1995), Prince, Bloc Party, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd (almost played 1971), Black Sabbath, Kanye West, Fleetwood Mac, Justin Timberlake, Lionel Richie, Red Hot Chili Peppers (almost played 1993), Jake Bugg, and Justin Bieber.
At the moment, Daft Punk and Fleetwood Mac are the favourites to headline.
Quoth Michael Eavis: “Next year’s headliners are more or less in place. They’re three bands who haven’t played Glastonbury, and that’s important. There aren’t many bands left who haven’t played the festival, and before we run out I’d like to persuade the ones on my wish list to come down. I think I’ve managed that with these three.” On last year’s headlining set with the Rolling Stones, he said: “It’ll be very difficult to repeat what we did this year. You don’t top The Rolling Stones, do you? The whole festival was perfect – even the weather. That was pure magic. But we’re not going to give up trying to make the next one better. I’ve a team of about 20 people who book the young musicians and I look after booking the headliners. That’s such a privilege and I hope I’ve done a worthwhile job if these three bands are confirmed. I hope to do that soon.”