American rockers Foo Fighters have just gone and (finally) announced their upcoming headline slot for Glastonbury 2017! Originally billed to headline the 2015 festival’s Friday night, the five-piece were forced to pull out following frontman Dave Grohl’s unfortunate accident at Sweden’s Ullevi festival in Gothenburg, where the nicest man in rock fell off stage during the band’s second song, breaking his right leg, only to return to the stage with the leg in plaster to complete his set. Florence + The Machine were subsequently bumped to Glastonbury headliners and the rest is history.
We always knew the Best Of You hit-makers would return to fulfil their promise to the ultimate contemporary music and arts festival, it was just a matter of when. Teasing their 2017 live dates with passport stamps slowly appearing on a website, each for a newly announced appearance, Foo Fighters now join already announced Glastonbury headliners Radiohead for the 2017 edition. An extensive line-up announcement for the festival is expected next month with the full listing due just one month before the festival kicks off.
Of course, Grohl, Mendel, Hawkins, Shiflett and Smear couldn’t make such an announcement the old-fashioned way. Instead, they mysteriously boarded a plane at LAX and made their way to London under cloak and dagger. Meanwhile, a few lucky fans were contacted and handed “boarding passes” (+1 of course) to attend an event at Frome’s Cheese and Grain venue in Somerset – some 15 miles from the home of Glastonbury Festival, Worthy Farm – while a clock on their airline-themed website ticked-down the hours.
Once boarding began, fans were handed wristbands marked ‘Frequent Flyer’ or ‘Stand By Passenger’ for those who, against the advice of the venue, went along anyway to chance their arm. Luggage tags with the venue name printed on them were handed out as well. The announcement that Foo Fighters would be headlining the festival’s Saturday night was made by Michael Eavis himself as the festival’s founder introduced the rockers, the show itself live-streamed on the band’s website and Facebook.
The Glastonbury Festival of contemporary performing arts, to give it its full name, is a festival like no other. Established in 1970 by dairy farmer Michael Eavis on his Worthy Farm as the Pilton Pop, Blues & Folk Festival, the event is one of the most popular in the world with tickets selling out far in advance of a single performing act being named. Even in today’s world, it clings on to its green and earthly ethos, with acts and events spanning every genre and appealing to festival-goers of all ages and interests.
Read our full write-up on the 2016 festival over here: Festival: Glastonbury 2016 – Mud, Brexit and all British Headliners