Every year, when the Glastonbury line-up starts to be announced, there’s always the debate around which band or artist will take to the coveted headlining spot. Some of the world’s biggest acts have headlined at the festival since it became an annual event back in the 1980’s. However, many of the biggest acts never got the chance to grace the main stage.

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Glastonbury by Kalpesh Patel


Smartmobile Casino recently conducted a survey to find out who music lovers have always wanted to see on the Pyramid Stage. In the list were some of the greatest entertainers from the last 30 years, and we put together a list of some of dream acts people would give anything to see.

Michael Jackson, the king of pop never got the chance to headline the festival, or any festival. However the nation named him as their number one dream act to headline Glastonbury. A born showman, Michael Jackson would have been the ultimate Glastonbury headliner.

Queen with Freddie Mercury. Queen are still making the rounds, both on the arena/stadium circuit and at festivals. Despite the band still being active, the outcry for a final Queen and Freddie Mercury performance is strong. Mercury is named as one of the greatest performers of all time and those that were not fortunate enough to get to see him do his thing on stage, are longing to get the chance to do so.

Elvis, arguably the most famous musician of all time, Elvis Presley put on his fare share of incredible performances, right up until his death in 1977. Despite Elvis not being the festivals usual pop/indie genre, festival goers would still love to get the chance to see the king in action.

Prince, we’ve only recently lost this multi-talented musician, and the world is clearly feeling the loss. Prince was a very mysterious and enigmatic performer, and there can be no arguing that he had musical skill that far outreached others in the industry. He often did live performances, from small venues with 200 people in front of him to vast Super Bowl appearances and continually selling out runs of consecutive performances. He remains one of our all-time favourite live acts.

Prince headlines at Hop Farm Music Festival 2011 (Simon Jay Price/Photographer:Simon Jay Price)

Prince by Simon Jay Price

The Beatles, the biggest band in the world and a huge influence on today’s popular music, The Beatles haven’t performed as a band since they stopped touring in 1966. Since then, we’ve seen Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr re-unite for a handful of performances, but with John Lennon and George Harrison no longer with us, none of us will never get the opportunity to see them live.

Jimi Hendrix was one of the greatest guitarists of all time and his performance at Woodstock in 1969 had people in awe of his skills. Above some of the other acts mentioned, if Jimi was alive today, there might have been a possibility we would have seen him play at the festival.

Glastonbury has seen some amazing acts, such as Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Tony Bennett, Dolly Parton, Van Morrison, New Order and Neil Young take to the Pyramid stage. Despite the quality acts, some of the biggest names in music have never had the chance to take the lead.

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