So you’ve got your tickets for Glastonbury 2017. Now what? The rumour mill for headliners has been and gone and we’ve got all three headliners in Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran, but it’s certainly not going to stop us speculating who could be ton the rest of the bill. Here are some of the prime suspects to appear over the weekend.
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’ll 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: Foo Fighters will be the second Glastonbury headliner.
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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: After all the speculation – its a done deal. Ed Sheeran is our third and final headliner and will play on the Sunday of the festival.
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Why she’d be great: She’s stepping in for Beyonce at Coachella, so is seemingly well up for playing some festivals this summer.
What the rumours say: It’s been reported that Gaga has also been ‘approached’ to play, though that doesn’t necessarily mean she’s topping the bill.
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?
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: Their touring schedule puts them in Europe around the festival dates, and the bookies have put them as favourite for the slot.
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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.”