The Vaccines: ‘The Who at Glastonbury is such a safe booking’

Band criticise festival organisers for not taking a chance on Florence And The Machine

The Vaccines have criticised Glastonbury festival organisers for booking The Who as the final headline act at this year’s event.

The band, who feature on the cover of this week’s issue of the NME, available digitally and on newsstands now, claim that Florence And The Machine should have topped the bill on the Sunday night (June 28) instead of the veteran mod band.

Frontman Justin Young told Digital Spy: “The Who are such a safe booking. I would’ve had Florence headline. 

“I know she’s playing anyway, but people are complaining about the lack of women at the top of festival bills and the lack of new artists.

“There’s a great artist who’s huge as well and progressing in more than one sense of the word. Whether that’s your thing or not I think it would’ve been a really big statement if Glastonbury put her at the top of the bill.”

Guitarist Freddie Cowan added: “Headlining a festival is really self-fulfilling and if you give someone the opportunity like Florence, she’d just take it and run with it and the year after she’d be headlining everything. She’s definitely a strong enough artist to step up to the plate.”

But the band did hail festival organisers for booking Saturday’s headliner Kanye West.

“It’s awesome, it’s amazing. He’s the biggest, most important artist on the planet so he should be playing the biggest, most important festival on the planet,” said Young.

Cowan added: “I think the whole, ‘It should be guitar music’ thing, I think we got over it a few years ago. 

“I find that there’s something really depressing about longing for a past era when guitar music was the biggest, most important music in the ’90s. Who wants to go back to that? 

“For now, it’s the most exciting thing so why would you want to long for the past? Kanye’s going to put on a fucking amazing show.”

The Vaccines recently covered One Direction’s ‘Night Changes’.

They are due to embark on a UK tour for later this year, with shows scheduled in support of their new album ‘English Graffiti’ in November.

The Vaccines will play:

Blackpool Empress Ballroom (November 10)
Plymouth Pavilions (12)
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (13)
Bournemouth BIC (15)
Bridlington Spa (16)
Wolverhampton Civic Hall (17)
Brighton Centre (19)
Nottingham Capital FM Arena (20)
London Brixton Academy (22-23)