Glastonbury’s Emily Eavis: ‘It’s important to create new, British headliners’

She also confirms Disclosure will have a big headline slot at this year's bash

Glastonbury festival organiser Emily Eavis has admitted that booking British bands to headline and perform at the Worthy Farm bash is vitally important to the music industry.

Following Kasabian‘s confirmation as the Sunday headliner at this year’s event and Arctic Monkeys last year, Eavis said the festival is trying to fly the flag for British bands.

Speaking to NME she said: “It’s really important for us to keep British bands coming through to keep creating headliners and putting bands from Britain in that position and Kasabian were really clearly on their way a couple of years ago.”

She continued: “With this new album on the way we were like, OK, they’re the ones to do it – they can totally deliver live, they’re brilliant and there’s something about the Sunday night here, there’s a real energy to the Sunday night, people give it everything because you’re closing the festival. They’re definitely the right ones to do it.”

Eavis also confirmed the festival will be giving debut headline slots to further British acts this year, including Disclosure who will top the bill on the West Holts stage. Kasabian have in the past criticised the music industry for not helping British bands enough. Guitarist Serge Pizzorno also recently said that he doesn’t think it is possible for guitar bands to be the dominant force in music culture anymore.

Kasabian were today announced as Sunday headliners (June 29), joining Arcade Fire, who top the bill on Friday (June 27). View the full line-up additions here, and click below to see Kasabian talking to NME about their headline set.