Glastonbury traditionally reveals its line-up in early March, meaning the bands taking to Worthy Farm this June could be announced any day now. The mighty Arcade Fire have already been confirmed to headline one night but who else has a spot on a bill? Here’s a run down of the acts you will see, some who’ve hinted and some other rumours. Wellies at the ready? Let’s go…
“It’s the best festival, I think – that, and Fuji Rock in Japan,” said Lily Allen late last year on Nick Grimshaw’s Radio 1 Breakfast show, after confirming Glastonbury will see her perform songs from her incoming third studio album ‘Sheezus’.
Blondie announced both a new album due in May and a slot at this year’s Glastonbury on the red carpet at Wednesday’s (February 26) NME Awards 2014, with Austin Texas. “It’s just been confirmed,” a smiling Debbie Harry told reporters.
Brother DJ duo Disclosure will have “a big slot” at Worthy Farm in June, according to Emily Eavis speaking to NME. A 6pm rave-up on the Other Stage on Friday night to get the weekend moving would suit us just fine.
Bristol DJ pair Stanton Warriors were the first act to confirm themselves for this year’s lineup all the way back in October 2013. No excuses for messing up their set – this is their 10th time time playing the festival.
It was a resounding “YES!” from Warpaint on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show earlier this week when asked by their host if they’ll be playing Glastonbury 2014. It’ll be hard to top their last time there, claimed singer Emily Kokal, who mainly remembers “the mud and Radiohead, who played after us. The mud was great. Jen (Lindberg, bassist) tried to pull me in it.”
On to the rumoured artists, beginning with seasoned Glastonbury goers The Horrors, whose new album ‘Luminous’ which could drop just in time for a triumphant Other Stage performance? Frontman Faris Badwan was seen chatting to Michael Eavis at the NME Awards this year – hammering out details of their Somerset rider, we hope.
“We’re doing all the festivals. All of them. Every single one,” Joe Mount of Metronomy told NME in February. That includes a certain 80,000-person mudbath in the Somerset countryside, we’re sure.
One bookmaker stopped taking bets on Kasabian performing at this year’s Glasto earlier this week, such is the near-certainty the ‘Velociraptor’ band will headline the Pyramid Stage at the festival. Bring it on, we say.
Lorde hasn’t really played Britain yet, aside from a tiny performance at London’s Madame JoJo’s in September before ‘Royals’ exploded across the globe, transforming the New Zealander into a mega star. A Pyramid Stage afternoon slot would be one hell of a UK live debut proper.
Could Foo Fighters be in the frame for Sunday’s Pyramid Stage headline slot? The band are hard at work on a new album and have began playing live shows once more recently. A tiny Park Stage secret show could be another option. How about it, Mr. Grohl?
Pharrell is possibly the only person on the planet who could make a sludge-splattered pair of wellies look good – just one reason why we’d like to see the NERD man entertain crowds with songs from his new album ‘G I R L’ on the Pyramid Stage this June.
Haim‘s debut Glastonbury appearance last year was slightly derailed by bassist Este’s diabetes flaring up. No doubt they’ll be keen to return this summer, work on their fiercely anticipated follow-up to ‘Days Are Gone’ permitting.
Damon Albarn must know Worthy Farm like the back of his hand, the number of times he’s played there in his various guises across the years. With new solo material to show off, a Park Stage secret show could be in the offing, we reckon.
Prince is heavily rumoured to be in the frame to headline on Sunday night. Could his recent month-long visit to the UK be just the build-up?
Coldplay returned with a surprise new single ‘Midnight’ this week. Chris Martin’s group topped the bill as recently as 2011 – too soon for another run at the headline slot, should their sixth studio album be ready in time? More importantly, is their new, subtler electronic sound suited to a Pyramid Stage headline slot?
It wouldn’t be much of a surprise to see Elbow, soon to return with new album ‘The Take Off And Landing Of Everything’, play Glastonbury again, given how suited their indelibly warm songwriting is to the Glasto tradition of real, raw indie.
The Strokes have never played Glastonbury – an injustice we’d like to see rectified this year with a performance on the Pyramid Stage. It’s a long shot – the New Yorkers didn’t tour their last album ‘Comedown Machine’ at all – but with an appearance at the Governors Ball in NY confirmed for early June, it’s not out of the question. Fingers crossed.
Reunited original Sugababe lineup MKS somehow seem a sure bet for this year’s festival. And who knows, if Metronomy also play, maybe we’ll see a reprisal of their stunning NME Awards ‘Love Letters’ collaboration?
Don’t forget about Glastonbury’s dance stages – who’d likely welcome Skrillex should the dubstep superstar be available. The pricey fee he typically commands, reported to reach up to $1m a performance, may put him out of the reckoning though.
Finally, Foster The People are said to be likely to perform, telling NME earlier this month that we’d be seeing “a lot of them” this summer at UK festivals. With new album ‘Supermodel’ in the can, it’s a strong possibility. Who else plays? We should find out for certain soon. Stay tuned to NME.com for the news as it breaks…