Neither Coldplay or Florence + The Machine will headline Glastonbury this year according to organiser Emily Eavis.
Both artists have been linked to one of this year’s headline slots with bookmakers cutting odds on the two bands. However, speaking to eFestivals, Eavis said she was able to confirm officially that the rumours were unfounded and that neither Florence Welch or Chris Martin will be playing the top slot with their bands in June.
Askd if the rumours about Coldplay headlining this year are true, Eavis said: “It’s not Coldplay, this is the first year that most of the rumours are wrong. Normally, there’s someone in there who’s right, this has been our best year for secrets. Once we got Foos out the way, the rest are secret, it’s great that it’s like that, isn’t it?! Everyone has said it’s someone, but sorry about that, it’s not Coldplay.”
The same goes Florence Welch. “She started on the smaller stage, and now she’s worthy of the headliner slot,” says Eavis. “I think she’s great, I can’t give anything away. She’s not going to be headlining, but she could be.”
As for the rest of the line-up, that “will be announced in April”. However, Eavis did confirm two names to tide ticket holders over. “You’ve got Courtney Barnett, that’s not bad. She’s doing really well now. We’d like to think we’re doing quite well starting them off in The Park, because Adele played The Park in 2007, and I think she’d be absolutely fantastic on the Pyramid. Father John Misty is my new Courtney Barnett this year for The Park, it’s such a great record.”
Foo Fighters were unable to attend the ceremony in person, but sent a video acceptance speech in which they thanked rock legend Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders for presenting them with the award before revealing their high-profile summer slot – the first of the three Glastonbury headliners to be made public.
Last year, NME.COM users voted for Oasis as the band they would most like to see headline Glastonbury next year.
The 2014 festival saw headline performances from Arcade Fire, Metallica and Kasabian.