Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis has teased some details about the running order for this year’s festival, as well as what to expect of new additions to the site.
In a new interview, Eavis revealed that Billie Eilish would have her slot upgraded due to her runaway popularity, adding that she’d be likely to be on The Other Stage on Sunday. She also gave away more details about what to expect that day.
“We haven’t announced what days people are going to be doing, but I can tell you that Miley is going into Kylie [Minogue], and Kylie is on Sunday afternoon,” Eavis told Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2. “There are a couple of details out there, but we’re not going to be releasing that until much nearer the time.
“We’ve got a busy afternoon on Sunday. We’ve got Years & Years too, on the Pyramid that is.”
As for further names to come from the bill, Eavis promised: “We’re releasing the line-ups slowly over the next couple of weeks. Be prepared for one stage at a time. We have so many acts here that it’s quite hard to do it in one go, really. We leak it out and like to give every stage their moment in the sun.
With Stormzy confirmed to headline Friday and The Cure set to close the festival on Sunday, Eavis also spoke to hype up The Killers’ Saturday night return.
“They haven’t played for a long time,” said Eavis. “They came in 2007 and it was quite difficult. There were a few issues due to extreme weather, and they haven’t been back since. They played a little secret gig in the John Peel tent, but they haven’t been back on the Pyramid – so having them back is a really big deal. We’re all quite excited about that.”
This comes after Killers frontman Brandon Flowers vowed to NME that they would “do better” than their previous headline appearance.
“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,” he said. “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.”
As well as a “hidden gem new micro-venue” for the Silver Hayes area, Glasto 2019 will also welcome a new Victorian seaside pier designed by artist Joe Rush. Eavis promises many surprises on the pier, as well as something new for Bloc 9.
“We’ve got lots of new areas this year,” Eavis continued. “We’ve got Glastonbury On Sea, which is the first time we’ve done anything like this with a pier. It’s going to be jetting out next to The Park.
“[Joe Rush] is an amazing artist and he’s building this. He’s got all of these amazing ideas about sideshows and exciting stuff going on in a king of Victorian style. There will be lots of alternative twists and turns. It won’t be your average pier.”
She added: “We’ve also got a new addition to Bloc 9 in the South East corner, which is kind of late night area. They’re building an incredible installation which will be unveiled soon. They’re about to unveil their line-up soon.
All tickets for Glastonbury 2019 are currently sold out, but a resale for unwanted and unpaid tickets will take place on Sunday April 28.