Every year the world’s music festivals announce their line-ups, generally in dribs and drabs, each competing with one another for the slickest offerings – be they pop, rock, dance, legends or any other kind of make-up.
But there is one festival that always, always blows the rest out of the water, seemingly without even trying. So when this morning’s first “full” line-up for this year’s Glastonbury Festival was announced, after months of speculation and incorrect guesswork, it took our expectations … and raised them to a whole new level, well and truly blowing the roof off 2017’s festival season!
We already new British rockers Radiohead would close the festival’s famous Pyramid stage on Friday, American rockers Foo Fighters would do the same on Saturday with English pop superstar Ed Sheeran stepping up to close out the festival on Sunday. But who would have imagined just quite the additional star power Emily Eavis could bring to this, the last festival on the Worthy Farm site until at least 2019?
Today’s announcement is not the last of course with many other acts and events, musical and otherwise, still to be announced. But the line-up released today is seemingly a who’s who of artists and bands touring this year.
In additional to Yorke, Grohl, Sheeran and Co, today’s announcement includes such heavy hitters at Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro – festival headliners for pretty much any other music festival in the world. Coming off their record-breaking seven-night sold-out residency at South West London’s Brixton Academy we have synth-poppers The XX and carrying on the rock theme, Brighton duo Royal Blood make the cut as do Ohio natives The National.
Glasto also have pop covered to the nines this year with undoubtedly one of the most anticipated returning acts of 2017 – Lorde! And let’s not forget Swedish hitmaker Tove Lo appearing this year along with pop superstar Katy Perry also returning to Worthy Farm this year, Perry tweeting “Can I has tea and crumpets?” this morning alongside her announcement.
Legends? While the famous Sunday afternoon “fourth headliner” spot is surely still to be unveiled, we have The Jacksons this year! Michael and Janet’s four brothers doing what they do best, bringing their flavour of Motown to Somerset. And stepping up from Coldplay’s special guest at last year’s festival is Bee Gees man Barry Gibb while Kris Kristofferson, also linked with the legends spot, was announced to be playing today.
The weird and wonderful Father John Misty will bring his own special live stage flare alongside 2017’s breakthrough artist, the genre-bending Rag ‘N’ Bone Man.
Pop continues to be represented by British singer Emeli Sandé and quickly rising American star Halsey while English Grime man Stormzy will no doubt be making huge waves following his series of guerrilla gigs in London. And where will the sun-soaked Californian sisters Haim slot in?
French electronic rockers Phoenix will return in 2017 with their much anticipated sixth studio album and have now been announced to pop by Worthy Farm for an appearance ahead of their upcoming tour.
Temples, London Grammar, Birdy, Kaiser Chiefs, Lisa Hannigan, Future Islands, Alt-J, Run The Jewels, Mark Lanegan, The Flaming Lips … the list really does go on and on.
And really, there are far too many amazing acts for me to name-check further or for any human being to actually see within the three music-filled festival days, but you may as well have a look through the official listing yourself and start anticipating those pesky clashes! Anyone screaming for June to arrive already?
Read our full write-up on the 2016 festival over here: Festival: Glastonbury 2016 – Mud, Brexit and all British Headliners