That whacking great pyramid, slap bang in the middle of Worthy Farm can only mean one thing: Britain’s biggest festival is back. This year’s Glastonbury Festival takes place between 26th and 28th June, and will feature performances from Florence + The Machine, Kanye West and The Who, as well as hundreds more groups and solo artists. In an attempt to demystify the epic line-up, we’ve highlighted the big names, and picked out some potential highlights for you to explore further. Visit the Glastonbury Festival website for more information.
Ignore the idiotic online petitions because Kanye West’s booking is a coup for the Eavis’, and his headline show on Saturday night promises to be the most exciting since Beyoncé closed the Pyramid Stage in 2011. ‘Gold Digger’, ‘Jesus Walks’, ‘All of the Lights’, ‘Black Skinhead’: Yeezy definitely has the hits. Whether he brings them or not is another matter, but isn’t that element of jeopardy part of the appeal? Destined to be the weekend’s talking point.
As anyone who witnessed their set on the John Peel Stage will attest, Wolf Alice were one of the most exciting new bands at Glastonbury 2014. A year on, the North London grunge-rockers have built a fearsome live reputation and garnered a devoted fanbase, plus produced one of the best debuts of 2015 so far. With their set on The Park Stage doubling as a launch party for My Love Is Cool, it promises to be a very special show indeed.
At Bestival 2013, artists created a giant inflatable version of Lionel Richie’s head, modelled on the ridiculous clay sculpture from his ‘Hello’ video. At present, there’s no news whether it’ll be making a cameo during the former Commodore’s Glastonbury set, but that won’t deter record crowds flocking to see ‘Say You, Say Me’, ‘All Night Long’ and all the other hits on Sunday afternoon. Mark our words: Lionel Richie will be this year’s Dolly Parton.
More from the line-up
- Writing Too Bright, I felt a mix of defiance and duty; a duty to write music that would be moving and empowering.
- I wanted the record to be an absolute sledgehammer... I had to be talked down a bit.
- When we take a step back and reflect on what has happened this year, it’s been crazy.