Future Glastonbury Headliners? 20 Potentially Surprising Bookings

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Future Glastonbury Headliners? 20 Potentially Surprising Bookings

Metallica blew Worthy Farm away this summer and proved that, just like Jay Z and Beyonce before them, a left field headliner can be a huge triumph at Glastonbury. Next year, then, how about a bit of Iron Maiden to really mess with everyone’s chi?

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Future Glastonbury Headliners? 20 Potentially Surprising Bookings

Snoop Dogg

Snoop has brought good vibes to Coachella and even Bestival, so there’s no reason why the hip hop legend couldn’t do the same in Somerset. He’s always full of surprises too: imagine a holographic Tupac entertaining the Worthy Farm masses. Tantalizing in the extreme, right? Get on the blower Emily Eavis…

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Future Glastonbury Headliners? 20 Potentially Surprising Bookings

Bob Dylan

Bob’s Never Ending Tour hasn’t taken in Worthy Farm since 1998, and surely it’s time the Bard rolled into Glastonbury one more time, especially considering the fact his albums of late have actually been pretty good. There’s a whole new generation out there eager to lay eyes upon the legendary folk icon and genius.

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Future Glastonbury Headliners? 20 Potentially Surprising Bookings

Jesus and Mary Chain

The Reid brothers are speaking again, or at least they’re playing together again. If this detente holds, then now may be a good time to book the Jesus and Mary Chain for Glasto. They’re touring later this year, so perhaps the promoters could even slot them in this time around before it’s too late!

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Future Glastonbury Headliners? 20 Potentially Surprising Bookings

Kanye West

He’s the no.1 rock star on the planet according to his own rather cavernous mouth, and it’s hard to imagine a billing that would send more excitement or shockwaves around the world than Kanye West on the Pyramid Stage. Who or what could possibly top that? A rendering of ‘Watch the Throne’ with his old pal the Hova maybe?

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Aerosmith

They’ve been one of the greatest and most durable rock ‘n’ roll acts of the last 45 years, laughing in the face of overwhelming adversity and rare periods of underwhelming indifference. Aerosmith are tenacious titans of the arena and their anthemic power ballads alone would rock Worthy Farm to it’s core. A wee cameo from Run DMC would see everyone lose their shit.

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Future Glastonbury Headliners? 20 Potentially Surprising Bookings

Led Zeppelin

If Robert and Jimmy can start singing from the same page then a Led Zep reunion could finally be on the cards (but that appears to be one big ‘if’ right now). A headline slot on the Pyramid Stage would surely tempt Mr Plant, and it would be seen as a coup that might even trump the Stones in 2013.

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Justin Timberlake

He wouldn’t be the obvious choice, but then nor was Beyoncé a few years ago. Mr Timberlake has some great moves, some tricks up his sleeves and a snake in his trousers, and a two hour set from the singer and actor might just be a glitzy surprise smash with a partisan audience who’ve already bought their tickets before the bill announcement.

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Kate Bush

You wait ages for a bus and then two come along at once. Similarly you wait decades for a Kate Bush gig and then she goes and books twenty two shows at the Hammersmith Apollo sprawled over two months in one fell swoop. How about a 23rd Kate, on the Pyramid Stage in 2015, and might I blag a +1 for suggesting it?

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Linkin Park

Scoff all you like, but try arguing with 60 million albums sold and two Grammys. 'Hybrid Theory' sold just under five million copies in 2000, making it the biggest selling album of that year, and they’re still pretty massive even now. A headline slot at Glasto might sound incongruous, but you would have said that about Metallica not so long ago...

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Green Day

They seem to have headlined every Reading and Leeds since the mid-90s so maybe Green Day might fancy a change of scene next year. In the carnival atmosphere, an old classic like ‘Basket Case’ might just hit the right note with some of the crazies in the crowd.

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Calvin Harris

In 2015 Scotland may well have gained independence, but at Glastonbury it’s a body of people partying under one sky irrespective of where they come from. But it wouldn’t hurt to have a massive Scottish solo artist on the biggest stage of all to show there are no hard feelings, and surely nobody wants to endure Rod Stewart again. Calvin Harris might fit the bill...

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Katy Perry

Katy Perry on the Pyramid Stage? You know it makes sense! If it’s a great time you’re after as well as a feast for the eyes you're after then look no further than dancers being pushed around in cupcakes and foam being fired out of breast-shaped receptacles. The Jazz World Stage is still there for anyone who’d prefer to be elsewhere stroking some chin.

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Lady Gaga

Her music might err on the side of cheesy Eurodance at times, but in the live arena Lady Gaga is like the modern day Alice Cooper, giving us a spectacle that’s always preposterous and impossible to forget. She’ll unite the weirdos too, and thankfully there are plenty of those at Glastonbury.

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The Strokes

The New York five-piece recently played out for the first time in three years to a rapturous reception, and Julian Casablancas and the boys have one date pencilled in for August in L.A. If 2014 is the year they gear up for their return, then what better way to crown a triumphant comeback than a headline slot at Glastonbury in ‘15?

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Avicii

Like it or not, there’s nobody bigger than Avicii right now (even if nobody can be quite certain how to say his name properly). This set - taking a prominent position in the Glastonbury schedule - would no doubt lead to many a hands-on-hips soul searching moment. Do I still have it? Am I still in touch with what young people really like? Depressing, isn't it?

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Rage Against The Machine

Imagine 60,000 people leaping in a field in unison shouting the words “fuck you I won’t do what you tell me!” It kind of reminds you of that “you’re all individuals” scene from Life of Brian doesn’t it? Still, Rage Against The Machine at Glastonbury would be a unifying experience. Probably.

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Miley Cyrus

Cyrus just gets more and more popular as time goes by, and everything she touches turns to gold lamé and glitter. She may not be everyone’s cup of tea (to say the least) but her recent shows in London proved entertaining on an industrial scale - exactly what you need for that big occasion. Unless you’d prefer some Bieber of course...

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Take That

This could be the greatest day of our lives, especially if you’re a 45-year-old manicurist from Cleethorpes. Take That would unite the family element at Glastonbury for some singalongs, though ardent lefty Michael Eavis might have something to say about any booking following this year’s Icebreaker tax scandal.

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Madonna

Somewhere below anglophile Madonna’s hard abs must exist a hankering to take on Glastonbury one year and show us all what she’s got. You don’t get any more famous than Madonna, so the eyes of the world would be watching. It would also be her chance to make amends for trashing that other well-loved British institution, the James Bond theme song.

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