James announced as Glastonbury Festival 2016 opening band

Manchester rock heroes to kick off festival on the Friday

Manchester rock heroes James have been announced as the opening band for this year’s Glastonbury Festival, it has been revealed today (March 21).

The band – most famous for thier smash hit single ‘Sit Down’, will be the first band to open proceedings at this year;s festival on Worthy Farm, Somerset, this year. They have been billed to open the second largest stage, The Other Stage, at 11am on Friday (the first official day of programming). The festival runs 22-26 June.

Earlier on in the day, according to DIY, frontman Tim Booth announced the band’s opening slot on BBC Radio 5 Live this morning, claiming “We’re going to cut the ribbon and smash the champagne on the ship.” James join headliners Muse, Adele and Coldplay, as well as PJ Harvey, Jeff Lynne’s ELO and ZZ Top but a full line up is due to be released in April.


Meanwhile, organiser Emily Eavis has called Adele‘s recent announcement as the final headline slot a ‘great honour’.

Adele announced the news that she will headline the Saturday night at Worthy Farm during her O2 Arena gig on Friday night. She said onstage: “I wanted to do it last year but my record wasn’t ready. And to the people who say I am too boring to headline, you’re more fucking boring for moaning about me headlining.”

The singer joins Muse playing on the Friday night and Coldplay closing the festival on Sunday.

Following the news, Emily Eavis tweeted: “What a great honour it is to have the wonderful Adele confirmed for this year’s Saturday night headline spot on the Pyramid Stage!” See that tweet beneath.

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Eavis recently praised the singer publicly. Asked if Adele would fit as a headliner at Glastonbury, Eavis replied: “She would, wouldn’t she? It would be great to get her.”

Eavis added: “We love Adele. She’s an incredible artist and brilliantly honest and funny and real and that’s what everybody loves about her. She’s a great example because she doesn’t put up any pretence.”

Adele previously said that she would never play Glasto because she is too scared of the festival’s huge crowds. “I think I have made myself pretty clear on Glastonbury,” she was quoted as saying. “The crowds are too big – I don’t know if I could do it.”