Ah, it’s that time of the year again – Glastonbury tickets have gone on sale again and *surprise surprise* you haven’t managed to get tickets yet again. Or maybe, you’re one of the lucky 200,000 who did… But regardless of whether or not you have tickets, one thing for certain, you’ll want to know who’s going to have the privilege of playing the iconic festival. Seen as the line-up won’t be revealed till 2019, I thought I’d compile a list of rumours and predictions to get stuck into.
British grime artist Stormzy has already been announced as the Friday headliner, along with Kylie Minogue playing the Sunday afternoon ‘legends’ slot.
With their huge 2018 comeback skyrocketing their popularity to higher than ever, it’s no surprise that Arctic Monkeys are one of the top of the list to headline the Pyramid Stage. Having been top of the bill twice in the past 11 years, the Sheffield band are no strangers to headlining. There was also a strong rumour that Beatles legend Paul McCartney could be headlining the festival – someone who’s been ‘top on the list’ for years according to Emily Eavis… However McCartney has recently announced American tour dates around the Glastonbury weekend, meaning it’s highly unlikely we’ll see the legendary Beatle take to the stage. The Strokes are set to make a ‘global comeback’ this year – and having already announced multiple 2019 festival dates, could Glastonbury be one of them?
Although they may not be quite big enough to get that coveted headline slot yet, The 1975 could be playing high on the bill, along with the likes of George Ezra, and Panic! at the Disco – fuelling the younger members of the crowd. Also on the Main Stage, Liam Gallagher and Noel Gallagher have been rumoured to play (separately of course!), alongside Childish Gambino, Lana Del Rey, and Pink. Catfish and the Bottlemen could also take to the stage, with their third album due in April, the Welsh indie rock band have taken the UK indie scene by storm, securing sold-out arena gigs across the country. Indie-pop prince Mac Demarco may also be a welcome addition to the line-up, with a new album out very soon, and UK tour dates which fall suspiciously around the Glastonbury weekend…
Meanwhile, on the Other Stage, Brockhampton, a.k.a. ‘The hardest working boyband in the business’ could be well on their way to getting a place on the bill, after securing a slot at Reading and Leeds last year. In addition, Hampshire singer Rex Orange County could get a spot, after his huge success with his single ‘Loving is Easy’. Also on the line-up could be Norwegian vocalist Sigrid – after being named as BBC’s Sound of 2018, the singer’s popularity is ever-growing.