So here it is then, the mother of all festival line-ups for 2016. Sure, there’ll be countless additions over the next 12 weeks, but here’s the mud-flecked gist of what your weekend at Worthy Farm on June 22-26 will look like.
The big stories? Foals returning after crying wolf last year, ZZ Top playing the legends slot, grime’s continued and welcome takeover of all things Worthy and Grimes’ debut performance at the festival. Which, you’d imagine, will be a huge deal after a breakout year for her.
The major comebacks? Beck, Two Door Cinema Club and the highly-likely-to-be-brilliant addition of LCD Soundsystem. The glaring omissions? Iggy Pop, Sturgill Simpson (seriously, his version of ‘In Bloom’ was tailor made for the BBC’s coverage), and one Kendrick Lamar, who was heavily rumoured yet remains mysteriously absent from the bill… thus far. Perhaps he’ll turn up with his jazz mate Kamasi Washington?
Meanwhile, here’s our thoughts on some of the ‘special’ things that are practically nailed on to happen once we’re all onsite: 1) Alex Turner guesting with Richard Hawley, 2) Mac DeMarco playing The Rabbit Hole at 4am every night, 3) Damon Albarn doing something with The Syrian National Orchestra, 4) Bring Me’s Oli Sykes gatecrashing Coldplay’s set Lee Nelson style (just kidding), 5) Adele shunning the five-star hotel treatment to rough it in Pennard Hill (again, not really).
To tide you over until June, check out our playlist of every single act playing the festival so far via the Spotify playlist below (minus The Syrian National Orchestra and Annie Mac, sadly, as neither of them had tracks on the service):