The Worthy Farm bash returns with another packed line-up
After a fallow year in 2018, Glastonbury returns in June to properly get festival season underway. As usual, the organisers have gone and booked a line-up that’s full of diversity and surprises, all the way from the Pyramid to the Kidzfield. Now you’ve got your tickets secured, it’s time to dig into exactly who you’re going to watch on the best weekend of the year.
- The Unfairground has announced its full bill
- Sam Fender, Fontaines DC, Dream Wife and more lead the announcement for the Left Field arena, alongside many political discussions and activities
- The Acoustic Stage has announced its full bill
- The Glade area has announced Fatboy Slim, Carl Cox, Squarepusher, Seth Troxler, George Fitzgerald and loads more
- The West Holts Festival has announced their line-up – featuring Janelle Monae, Kamasi Washington, Jeff Goldblum, Wu-Tang Clan, Jon Hopkins and Jorja Smith among others
The main stages
The main stages are where you’ll find the really big guns, be they headliners Stormzy, The Cure, and The Killers, 2019 legends slot holder Kylie, unpredictable pop star Miley Cyrus, or the always mad fer it Liam Gallagher, who will all be on hand to entertain the Pyramid Stage crowds.
The Other Stage will boast sets from Aussie psych wonders Tame Impala, rave icons The Chemical Brothers, and British indie legend Johnny Marr while rising star Sam Fender is expected to pack out the John Peel Tent. Up in The Park, things will be no less unmissable with the likes of Fat White Family, King Princess, IDLES, Rex Orange County, and Hot Chip confirmed to be gracing the stage.
Responding to doubters, Stormzy promised Glasto-goers an “iconic” performance.
“There were so many doubters being like, ‘Oh he hasn’t got no number one song’ or, ‘Oh he’s got one album out, he’s not ready’,” he said in an interview with BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Dotty. “I’m there because I’m a serious musician.”
Reassuring festival-goers that they’re not going to be let down with his performance, he continued: “If you think I got booked for Glastonbury headline to come there and not give you an iconic headline performance, you’ve gone crazy.”
Meanwhile, The Killers’ frontman Brandon Flowers told NME that the band had unfinished business with the festival following the last time they headlined in 2007.
“I’d forgotten about it! We were the secret band a couple of years ago and that was a fantastic experience, but I had forgotten about the previous headline slot that we’d done in 2007,” Flowers told NME. “There were some sound restrictions which have since gone away, and we had the PA cut out a couple of times. I think we can do better. We’ve played about 700 shows since then so we’re a better band with more songs now.
“We appreciate the tradition and what it means to headline Glastonbury. It’s huge. I used to buy NME Magazine while growing up in Vegas and I remember cutting out an aerial picture of Glastonbury and putting it on my wall.”
Billie Eilish will be one of the must-see acts of the festival following the response to her debut album ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’ earlier this year. Previously scheduled to perform in the John Peel Tent, Emily Eavis has since confirmed the LA teen has been given an upgrade to the Other Stage.
Eavis has also revealed some of the running order for the festival, telling fans Miley Cyrus’ set will “go into” Kylie Minogue’s. The festival organiser also revealed Years & Years will perform on the Pyramid Stage.
Back in the South East Corner of Glastonbury, the Unfairground returns with subversive music and art, warped fairground sideshows, iconic sculptural madness and a new venue called The Blind Tiger. Artists such as 50 Pence, Gaffa Tape Sandy, Fanny Tastic, Off Me Nut, Jim Bitch, The Nextmen, My Bad Sister are just a few of the names that litter the extensive lineup.
The Left Field
The political hotbed the Left Field has the usual debates returning (this year dealing with the fallout of Brexit, social media, racism and much more), as well as performances from Sam Fender, Dream Wife, Fontaines DC, Billy Bragg, KT Tunstall, Life, Stella Donnelly, Algiers, Queen Zee, Fantastic Negrito and many more.
The Acoustic Stage
Glasto’s Acoustic Stage promises mostly “blues, folk, contemporary or country music” in 2019, but organisers say that sets will “not always played on acoustic instruments”.
Headlining the tent this year will be Nick Lowe’s Quality Rock & Roll Revue (Friday), Hawkwind and Keane (Saturday), and Rickie Lee Jones (Sunday). The line-up also features the likes of Lucy Rose, The Mavericks, Gabrielle Aplin, Albert Hammond, The Bootleg Beatles, and many more. Check out the full poster below.
Offering “a fantastic line-up crammed with incredible hip hop, electronica, soul, R&B, jazz, psych, world music and much more,” the 2019 West Holts bill shows Jon Hopkins headlining Friday alongside Jorja Smith and Maribou State with The Comet Is Coming among those confirmed, while the bill on Saturday is topped by Wu-Tang Clan, Neneh Cherry, Jungle, Lizzo and Slowthai among others.
The stage will be closed by Janelle Monae, Kamasi Washington, This Is The Kit, Jeff Goldblum and many more.
“We have got Janelle Monae headlining the West Holts stage,” said Emily Eavis earlier this year. “[When she last played in 2015 was incredible, that show really was brilliant. You could have watched it with the sound off, and it really would have been incredible. It will be quite a moment.”
Shangri-La, Glastonbury’s late-night party zone, is a maze of weird and wonderful stages and venues, each offering up its own unique vibe and (often political) message. While the area really comes alive at night, there’s still plenty going on in the day, including the Truth stage’s all-dayers, which will see Craig Charles, Norman Jay, and more take over.
Sistxrhood, the women-only venue that launched in 2016, returns with a host of female-identifying and non-binary acts including London riot grrrls Dream Nails and Radio 1’s Yaya Bones. For those of you who like things a little heavier, Earache Records returns to Glasto with the likes of IDLES and Gojira on the Truth Stage, while the Scum stage also boasts artists from the heavier end of the spectrum like ex-Reuben frontman Jamie Lenman, as well as a DJ set from The Prodigy’s former touring guitarist Gizz Butt, who will pay tribute to his late bandmate Keith Flint.
Over at the Gas Tower, dance heads can enjoy takeovers from labels and club nights including Hospitality and Bristol’s Wonkavision. They’ll bring a stacked line-up to delight ravers including Redlight, Sub Focus, Rob Da Bank, London Elektricity, and some secret special guests. Meanwhile, the Clash area will see DJs and artists going head-to-head for a series of soundclashes.
If that wasn’t enough, Shangri-La will also be the home to an activists hub, art installations, theatre, and more.
If you wanna dance, then make your way down to the Glade area to catch Fatboy Slim, Carl Cox, Squarepusher, Seth Troxler, George Fitzgerald, Stanton Warriors and loads more across their four stages.
If you want to get loose to a Mike Skinner DJ set, go old school with Fabio & Grooverider, or party it up with Eats Everything, then you’ll want to head over to The Common. You’ll find that trio and much, much more over in the festival’s south-east corner, ready to help you take things well into the night.
After two years, Avalon returns and Glastonbury have promised it’ll be reopened with a live performance by Michael Eavis himself. Aside from that big draw, you’ll find golden oldies Banarama rubbing shoulders with folk star Jade Bird and more.
Home to six stages, Silver Hayes is the area to visit if you’re looking for the freshest of the fresh new music or a huge, eclectic range in genres, from dance, grime, jazz, neo soul and more. The stage splits have yet to be confirmed but, within that corner of the farm, you’ll find the likes of drill chart invader Headie One, legends like Four Tet and Daniel Avery, or Leicester’s hip-hop meets slacker rock tribe Easy Life.
Theatre and Circus
You might be able to watch high-flying acrobats and puppetry in the theatre and circus field, but it’s not all clowns and cream pies to the face. Here, you’ll be able to witness a wild mix of comedy, ventriloquism, spoken word, or even have a go at trapeze.
Bringing the kids or just fancy regressing after a big night? Pop by the Kidzfield for all your wholesome staples, like fairground rides and the Make n Do Marquee. There’s also appearances booked by everyone’s favourite stuffed fox Basil Brush and magician Dynamo.