Last night saw fans sent into a frenzy when what appeared to be the band’s Stanley Donwood designed ‘bear face’ logo appeared by the Pyramid Stage at Worthy Farm. Speculation and excitement continued to gather momentum as the logo took shape overnight.
Now, it’s finally been confirmed – with Glastonbury and the band announcing that Radiohead will headline for the third time, performing on Friday 23 June 2017.
— Glastonbury Festival (@GlastoFest) October 20, 2016
“I’ve grown up with Radiohead and they’re about as good as it gets for me,” Emily Eavis told the BBC. “They’re just in a league of their own aren’t they? Some of my happiest memories at the festival have been watching them play, from headlining in the rain 20 years ago when I was a teenager, to surprise sets in The Park and DJ’ing late night in Shangri-La. We are beyond excited that they’re finally coming back to the Pyramid, it’s incredibly special for everyone here.”
Earlier this month, guitarist Ed O’Brien responded to the Radiohead Glastonbury rumours when he said: “I would love to. I go to Glastonbury every year, it’s my carnival. To be asked to play at Glastonbury again would be magic. I also think Glastonbury is like our spiritual home. It is the mother of all festivals… there’s nothing like that one… It would be great to play there.”
This marks 20 years since they first topped the bill at the Pyramid Stage with their legendary 1997 performance off the back of the runaway success of ‘OK Computer’. They last headlined in 2003, and have played ‘secret shows’ at the festival several times since.