Glastonbury Line Up: Who Will Headline In 2017?
So you’ve got your tickets for Glastonbury 2017. Now what? Well it’s time to get the rumour mill going about potential headliners, then. We’ve got two headliners in Radiohead and Foo Fighters, but it’s certainly not going to stop us speculating who could be the last headliner on this year’s Glastonbury lineup. Here are some of the possible contenders to appear on the Worthy Farm bill.
Why they’ll be great: They haven’t headlined since 2003 and the current tour has seen them mix both old and new to widespread acclaim.
What people are saying: It’s a rumour no longer, Radiohead have been confirmed to headline the Friday evening of Glastonbury 2017.
Why they’d be great: Grohl & co. know how to put on a show and you’d imagine that they’d put in an extra special performance following their 2015 cancellation.
What the people are saying: Two down, one to go. Foo Fighters will be the second Glastonbury headliner.
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Guns N’ Roses
Why they’d be great: The wheels have yet to fall off Slash and Axl Rose’s reunion tour, and so far reviews of the shows have been glowing.
What the rumours say: The group are expected to follow the money, so Glasto’s smaller fee could stand in the way of the group turning Worthy Farm to ‘Paradise City’ for a night.
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Why they’d be great: The group have been dropping teasers of a forthcoming album for a while now and having headlined once before in 2014 they’re certainly capable of handling the huge occasion.
What the rumours say: The bookies seemed pretty confident on these, but they’ve just been announced as headliners for Reading & Leeds festival, which essentially rules them out. The rival festivals almost never share big acts.
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The Stone Roses
Why they’d be great: The festival has eluded the group’s touring schedule throughout their career, but following their successful Etihad shows last summer they look to still be at top of their game.
What the rumours say: Their tour dates next June are suspiciously spaced out to accommodate a Glastonbury. Early unconfirmed reports suggested that The Stone Roses are primed for the Sunday night headline spot. But then a chat NME had with Emily Eavis on October 20 saw her deny these rumours. Right now, we just have to wait.
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Why he’d be great: He’s already sold out Wembley Stadium, so festivals seem like the logical step. People said Adele couldn’t do it and look how wrong they turned out to be?
What the rumours say: He’s been approached to play according to early reports and betting has now been suspended on his chances as being named headliner number two. With a European tour ending just in time for the festival as well, this one looks like it could be nailed on.
Why she’d be great: RiRi’s proved her headlining credentials following her triumphant V Festival headline set in 2016, so it could be a matter of when, not if.
What the rumours say: Talk about Rihanna heading to Worthy Farm has just been hopeful so far, as her most recent tour finished in November.
Why she’d be great: Her new album and videos appear to show Gaga pitching herself for the slot, judging by the festival-esque setting. Not only that, but Gaga’s proved on her recent Dive Bar tour and Super Bowl halftime show that she can smash it at traditional gig set ups and bombastic headline slots..
What the rumours say: It’s been reported that Gaga has also been ‘approached’ to play, though whether that’s a headline slot though is yet to be seen.
Why they’d be great: They stepped in for U2 in 2011 and most definitely pulled it off. A new album is ready to drop in the coming months – so they could better themselves with another slot.
What the rumours say: Hewlett has confirmed that the group will tour when the new album is completed, but whether festivals will be on the cards is still up in the air.
Why they’d be great: It’d perhaps be one of the best bookings of festival’s history if they managed to convince The Robots to return to the live circuit. A quick look at their tours of the past should explain just why it’d be so mega.
What the rumours say: Several signs were pointing to some kind of live shows in 2017 – but it’s all hearsay. We caught up with Emily Eavis on October 20 who denied the duo would take one of the top spots.
Why he’d be great: The divisive popstar is back with new album ‘Heavy Entertainment Show‘ and next year he’ll be hitting the road for a gigantic UK and European stadium tour.
What the rumours say: His upcoming tour will finish in the UK on the Friday of Glastonbury, leaving him free Saturday and Sunday night to play. He’s said before that he felt snubbed by festival-goers though, but surely that’s all in the past?
Kings Of Leon
Why they’d be great: 2016’s ‘WALLS‘ was certainly the comeback many of us had hoped for from the brothers Followill and it’d be fitting to return to the Pyramid Stage – nine years after their last headline appearance – to grace Worthy farm with some of their new tunes.
What the rumours say:The group are lining up several festivals in the UK for the summer – they’re already confirmed for BST in Hyde Park – and they’ve just been announced for Tinderbox Festival in Denmark the same weekend…
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Why they’d be great: They headlined in 2007 off the back of Sam’s Town – but a full decade on later, they’ve got even more bangers to squeeze into their epic live show. And maybe a few new ones we’re yet to hear…
What the rumours say: The group have just been announced for Tinderbox Festival in Denmark the same weekend as Glastonbury – so plenty of time to scoot over for Pyramid set, surely? They’re set to play a huge Hyde Park show in July which is billed as their only ‘UK festival of 2017’. But these things can always change.
Why they’d be great: Oh come on, it’s Pink Floyd! The band split in 2005 but have been playing together on and off since – but a full tour hasn’t been seen in decades and a magical returning set on the Pyramid would be nothing short of magical.
What the rumours say: At a public appearance together, Roger Water and Nick Mason suggested that although he didn’t think the group playing was “very likely” but that they “would do it given the opportunity”.
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The best of the rest
Why she’d be great: Jeff Lynne’s ELO Legends slot last year was certainly divisive, so Ross would surely be a suitable candidate to kickstart it into life with her huge repertoire of disco bangers.
What the rumours say: Just days after appearing during Coldplay’s closing set, Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees let slip that taking The Legends spot next year is indeed Diana Ross. Her team were quick to deny it, saying it wasn’t “definite” just yet, but there appears to be a mutual interest between both sides.
Why they’d be great: The group made their long-awaited return in July this year with ‘Wildflower’, and even played a few chaotic live shows to boot.
What the rumours say: They’ve got a handful of shows in their native Australia for December and January 2017 and also confirmed that they would head stateside next year for some shows. In December they seemingly confirmed their Glastonbury slot with this tweet but it has since been deleted. We await an official announcement.
Why they’d be great: They’re bringing their formidable ‘3-D’ live show to the UK for a full tour to blow some minds.
What the rumours say: Their current UK tour dates are scheduled to finish just days before the festival. Sounds a bit suspicious, doesn’t it?
Why they’d be great: Recent album ‘Revolution Radio’ was a return to form and their headline sets of the past have been nothing short of incredible.
What the rumours say: Whether they’re still big enough for Glasto is undecided, though their touring schedule puts them in Europe around the festival dates – secret set, anyone?
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Why they’d be great: Following an intimate airing of stunning new album ‘22, A Million’ in Berlin, NME’s Leonie Cooper reckons the “next step surely is world domination – or at least a fair few headline slots come festival season 2017.”
What the rumours say: He’s set to play his own festival Eaux Claires in Wisconsin the weekend prior, so a Park slot would be perfect for him if he decides to hit up festivals.
Why he’d be great: Love him or loathe him, Collins is making a mini-comeback after over a decade away and with the amount of hits in his repertoire, a Legends slot would suit him down to the ground.
What the rumours say: Little connecting him to the festival other than his tour dates finish just days before the festival begins. He admitted that he wasn’t fit enough to take the slot earlier this year, but if he’s feeling good enough for a brief tour, perhaps 2017 could be more favourable.
Why they’d be great: Pop music has become quite the flavour of the Pyramid Stage in the last few years, with Adele and Beyonce both providing killer headline sets in their respective years. Little Mix may not be at that level yet, but their new album ‘Glory Days’ is full of bangers so an afternoon slot would be perfect for them.
What the rumours say: In a recent interview the girls said that they would ‘love’ to play and would try to prove the haters wrong.
Why they’d be great: One of the godfathers of modern country. His discography is endless, but the quality remains the same – and what better place for hoedown in the Pyramid stage
What the rumours say:On his official website he’s dropped the ball a bit and self-confirmed. He’s listed as playing the Pyramid stage on June 23rd – the Friday – so could be the stage’s opener.
Why he’d be great: After watching the grime revival from afar, Wiley made his barnstorming comeback earlier this year with ‘Godfather‘, and if it indeed turns out to be his “final” album – then what better way to celebrate it with a rowdy one down at The Farm.
What the rumours say: Wiley and Glasto have a chequered history – he famously went on a foul-mouthed tirade in 2013 about the festival – but the past is the past, and he was recently seen tweeting about the festival, seemingly confirming his place.
Why they’d be great: The group have long been at each other’s throats, but brothers Ray and David Davies appear to have patched things up and are ready to perform live again. Come on, ‘Sunny Afternoon’ was basically written for the Legends slot, wasn’t it?
What the rumours say: Speaking to the press, Ray recently said “David and I will definitely work together again. And we want to play live.” He then put out the call to the Eavis’, by saying “maybe The Kinks could play Glastonbury.”
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