Keep your eyes peeled for some special unannounced guests if you're down at Worthy Farm this weekend
Oh, the beloved Glasto secret set. It starts with a swirl of rumours, then there’s a surge of excitement and then, more often than not, it peters out with the crushing disappointment of not actually happening.
Apart from sometimes it does happen! We had The Last Shadow Puppets turning up in 2008, where Alex and Miles were joined by Jack White halfway through their surprise set. Then there was 2011’s worst-kept secret when the recently-reformed Pulp packed out the entire Park field. In 2014, we had Skrillex get on-board Glasto’s fire-breathing spider in Arcadia, before The Killers returned in 2017 to rock the John Peel Stage – the very same place where they made their Worthy Farm debut back in 2004. Oh, and who could forget when Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood made a shock appearance in 2011?
The festival gates are now open for 2019, and yet the full Glastonbury line-up still has some pretty major slots labelled as either “TBA” or “special guests”. There’s ample opportunity, then, for some particularly huge surprise shows: by our count on the morning of June 26, there are still 23 “TBA” and six “special guests” slots left on the festival bill. Two of those key slots are on The Park Stage – the unofficial home of the Glastonbury secret set – on Saturday (June 29), so keep a firm eye on that particular area.
So who could be playing a secret set this year? We’ve donned our investigative hats and looked into who could turn up unannounced at Glastonbury 2019 – and, as some of the “TBA” slots are finally being confirmed, we’ve also listed which not-so-secret-anymore! sets have now been announced.
CONFIRMED SECRET SETS
Will he be at Glastonbury? Yes! And he’ll be headlining the John Peel Stage on the Saturday of the festival, kicking off his set at 22:30.
Why him? Because he’s confirmed himself for it, duh!
Mystery Jets and Let’s Eat Grandma
Will they be at Glastonbury? Yes! They’ll both play the Rabbit Hole in the early hours of Saturday morning to celebrate 15 years of Transgressive Records.
Why them?“We’re absolutely over the moon to bring Mystery Jets, one of the first bands we ever worked with, plus our brand new family addition, Arlo Parks, to the line-up alongside the one and only Let’s Eat Grandma,” said Trangressive co-founder Toby L.”The Rabbit Hole has been our favourite place to end up, delirious and bewildered, in recent years at Glastonbury, ’til God knows when.”
Will they be at Glastonbury? Yes! They’ve filled a “special guests” slot on the Truth Stage at 22:30 on Saturday.
Why them? Because, according to Shangri-La, it’s going to be “madness”.
RUMOURED SECRET SETS
Will they be in the UK? Yes!
Why them? They’re in the UK during the festival, and there’s a gap in their touring schedule over Glasto (they play in Kingston tomorrow night [June 27] and Dublin on Tuesday July 2), so there’s plenty of time for the lads to pop down to Worthy Farm. And it is a bit odd they’re not on the line-up already, with the release of their stellar fifth album ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost: Part 1’ in March and tons of huge shows coming up – so we think a secret set could be on the cards (maybe the Saturday evening “TBA” slot on the John Peel Stage?)
The Black Keys
Will they be in the UK? Not according to their current schedule. Their first tour dates in four years kick off in the US in September.
Why them? Their new album ‘Let’s Rock’ will be released on June 28, and they recently teased an appearance. Speaking to Radio X about the chances of them playing, the band said: “We’re free in June, so let’s see what happens”.
Lana Del Rey
Will she be in the UK? She’s definitely in Europe – Lana plays Tinderbox Festival in Denmark and Lollapalooza in Sweden the same weekend, but we’re sure there’s time in her schedule for a jaunt down to Somerset.
Why her? Sixth album ‘Norman Fucking Rockwell’ is on the way at some point in 2019, so it’d be the perfect place to debut new material. And then there’s her upcoming poetry book – could we see Lana doing a poetry reading?
Will they be in the UK? Not currently. Their next run of shows kick off in the US a few dates later on July 4.
Why them? Jack White has a great history with Glasto, and the band have a new record to plug with ‘Help Us Stranger’ dropping on June 21. They’ve got the time off and you’d love to see it.
Will they be in the UK? Maybe. Their UK shows wrap up in Wembley on Saturday June 15, then they have some downtime before performing in Finland on July 12.
Will they be in the UK? Unconfirmed – but they’re definitely in Europe. The boyband will play Roskilde in Denmark and Lollapalooza in Sweden that weekend.
Why them? Last year Brockhampton’s festival shows were some of the highlights of the season. The pit-opening, tent-shaking sets from one of the most hotly-tipped acts about were brilliantly good fun. So it seems right that after their huge year they would bring the show to Glastonbury.
Chance the Rapper
Will he be in the UK? He’ll be in Europe – he’s playing Roskilde and Lollapalooza Stockholm the same weekend.
Why him? He’s not played Glasto since 2014, and with the new album coming in July, this seems like a perfect fit.
Will they be in the UK? Well…maybe? They play Open’er Festival in Poland the week after, so they very well could be.
Why them? They’re back, baby! They’re playing new music live and are playing tons of festivals as part of their “global comeback”. Wouldn’t a secret set at Glastonbury fit into those plans perfectly?
Will he be in the UK? He’s in Europe. There’s a show in Cardiff on the Sunday, and he’s playing Rock Werchter that weekend, too.
Why? He’s got a summer diary stuffed to the brim with festivals, so a set at Glasto would top that all off.
Will she be in the UK? Not according to her current announced touring plans. Her next tour officially kicks off in the US in September.
Why her? Her hotly-anticipated new album ‘Madame X‘ arrives this Friday on June 14, but she’s not currently due to perform in the UK until January. She was rumoured to headline at one point. What better way to make history, launch her new record, and spark speculation of her returning to headline properly for Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary in 2020?