Florence: ‘If I’d known I was headlining Glastonbury, I’d have slowly descended into madness’

Florence Welch is preparing to headline the Pyramid Stage at the Somerset Festival tomorrow night (June 26)

Florence And The Machine‘s Florence Welch has shared her feelings about becoming a relatively last-minute Glastonbury headliner.

Welch and co will headline the Pyramid Stage at the huge Somerset festival tomorrow night (June 26), replacing Foo Fighters, who were forced to pull out at late notice due to Dave Grohl’s broken leg. Ahead of her set tomorrow, Jarvis Cocker has penned an open letter to Welch in the Glastonbury Free Press, a free newspaper distributed at the festival advising her: “Don’t break a leg!”

“It’s a strange and quite cracked way to get there. Literally. If I’d had six months knowing that I was going to do this [headline slot], I think I would have slowly descended into madness,” Welch admitted in a new interview with The Guardian.


Continuing, Welch suggested that she and her fellow festival-goers could harness Glastonbury’s special spiritual quality to send positive energy to Grohl as he recovers from his injury. “Glastonbury is such a powerful place that I feel we should get everyone in the crowd to use their healing powers – utilise the ley lines – to help Dave’s leg,” she added. “Maybe I should hold a ceremony in the healing fields for him.”

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After Florence And The Machine headline the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury on Friday night, Kanye West will headline on Saturday night and The Who will close the festival on Sunday. Bookmakers recently offered odds of 2/1 for the rapper being booed off stage at the Worthy Farm event.