Glastonbury 2011 Headliners – The Contenders

With next year’s Glastonbury tickets already sold out, which acts might we see headlining at Worthy Farm? NME predicts…

So that’s it – all the Glastonbury tickets went within four hours. Michael Eavis said he’d let us know who was headlining after tickets were sold out, but annoyingly, daughter Emily has said what he really meant was next year, after the returns are gone. Bah!


Still, we’ve got some clues: Michael has said that two headliners are booked, both are returning to the festival and one is a woman. “There’s an American artist that I’ve been wanting to have for years and yonks and yonks and yonks,” he said, plus U2 have hinted they could be making the trip after cancelling this year. Perennial rumour fixtures Madonna, the Stones et al could crop up, but let’s don our Sherlock Holmes deerstalkers and look at the possibles…

Prince: Would fit the “American artist” Michael has wanted for “yonks” – and we’ve heard insider natterings he could be one of those confirmed. Also, he loves mud.

Coldplay: Probably releasing a new album next year, Glasto favourites and bezzie mates with the Eavises. Would be six years since they last headlined – we’ve heard rumours they’re booked already.

Radiohead: Like Coldplay, they should release a new album in 2011 and are Worthy Farm favourites, with Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood’s secret show there this year getting tongues wagging.

Kylie Minogue: Played with Scissor Sisters this year so could be the “returning” woman. She had to cancel a headline slot in 2005 after being diagnosed with cancer.

Beyoncé: Watched her fella Jay-Z play in 2008 so would kind of be “returning”. Is definitely a woman.

U2: They’ve already been asked and dropped hints on their website that they may take up the offer. If they do, expect a stripped-down greatest hits set – no big mechanical spider aliens.

The Strokes: They stormed it at Isle Of Wight and RockNess… Jules and the gang’s laboured fourth should be out in time for the summer, so we’re imagining an Other Stage headline slot and maybe topping the bill at Reading and Leeds?

Someone a bit more young’n’fresh?: Come on Emily and Michael – Florence, Mumfords, Arcade Fire, the returning Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend… go crazy!

This article originally appeared in the October 16 issue of NME

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