Now the lineup’s out, what are likely to be the performances and events that set conversation ablaze at this year’s Glastonbury? Here’s 10 things we’ve gazed into our crystal ball and are predicting will set tongues wagging.
The Who will triumph: "Putting one of the UK's most celebrated bands on the biggest stage in the world is a no brainer," said NME's Lisa Wright after The Who were confirmed as headliners. Expect their slot to be the crown jewel in their 50th anniversary tour.
Moustaches! Every year a cult star featured on the lineup is honoured by droves of happy idiots milling around the Somerset countryside dressed as said cult star. There were Dolly wigs aplenty for Parton last year. Brace yourself for an epidemic of handlebar moustache this year in tribute to the mighty Lemmy, who will be playing with his band Möterhead at some point over the weekend.
The rise and rise of Future Islands: It’s been quite a year for Baltimore ‘now-wave’ heartbreakers, Future Islands. In fact, it’s one of the most unlikely success stories of the musical millennium. Their great synthy pop is the stuff of memorable Glasto sets, with ‘Seasons’ just the tip of the iceberg. Expect Worthy Farm to be a milestone on their Cinderella tale.
The no-nonsense Sleaford Mods to be even more surly than usual: Can't imagine Jason Williamson and musician Andrew Robert Lindsay Fearn having much time for the hippies at Stone Circle spouting their theories about 'cosmic vibes' and the merits of dreadlocks. As a result, expect a superbly snarly set from the Brit bedroom hip-hop pair.
Wolf Alice will be breakout stars: The Londoners have been building momentum for months now, fast becoming the most talked about rock band in the capital. With a surprisingly high profile billing looking increasingly likely and a host of soaring/searing anthems to match the occasion, Glasto could be just the thing to take the grunge-gazers overground. Good luck guys, you can do this.
Run The Jewels to bring the ruckus: Because when don't they? If we had our way they'd be on the Pyramid. Not on the stage. Rapping from the top of the actual Pyramid.
Lionel to be a legend: Last year it was Dolly Parton in the coveted Sunday afternoon Pyramid slot, with the Nashville tour de force drawing record crowds to the Pyramid stage on the Sunday afternoon. If anyone can top that it’s Lionel Ritchie, with mighty dance-pop classics ‘All Night Long’ and ‘Dancing On The Ceiling’ and sweet ballads ‘Say You, Say Me’ and of course ‘Hello’.
The funk returns: Who got da funk? Well us actually. That’s right, this year we’ll be up to our guts in stank-nasty, rump-quaking, bad-mutha flipping F.U.N.K. as freak funka-naut George Clinton parks his Mothership at Worthy Farm with rude style and afro-futurists The Family Stone in tow. With Todd Terje and Fly Lo also on the bill, it's the funkiest Glasto in a while.
Mark Ronson to have a few guests up his sleeve: The guy's got the biggest and best little black book in music. He's worked with EVERYONE, and is currently holed up working with Lana Del Rey on new music, or so we hear. Expect his set to be the starriest of the weekend, packed with cameos to get people talking.
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