The rumours are true, legendary Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher will appear at Glastonbury 2017, bringing his new solo project to The Other Stage on Saturday 24th June at 5.45pm.
This means that both Liam and Noel Gallagher – who introduces the screening of Supersonic at William’s Green on the Friday night – will both appear at the festival over the course of the weekend. It may not quite be the reunion people having been waiting for, but if the videos of Liam Gallagher‘s recent shows are anything to go by, we’re in for a hell of a show on the Saturday evening.
Elsewhere, to celebrate the launch of the brand new drive in movie area, Cineramageddon, the festival has also announced Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp as the guest of honour. The Pirates Of The Caribbean, Blow, and Black Mass star will introduce his personal choice of films, which will screen through the night on Thursday 22nd June. You can reserve a car here.
This year the festival also welcomes Mike Massimino, an American engineer and NASA astronaut, who flew on two shuttle missions to repair the Hubble Telescope. He will be speaking at the The Free University of Glastonbury, whose programme of talks take place in the Crow’s Nest at the top of The Park. Massimino will appear at 2pm on Friday 23rd June.
Each of Depp’s choices has a special significance to the actor:
THE LIBERTINE: “This is one of those films that got lost in the shuffle. It’s a film that a lot of people on which worked very hard, and one that I am very proud of.”
WITHNAIL & I: “No film has ever made me laugh more, or filled me with so much joy… and dread! For me, this is perfect cinema. Genius.”
DEAD MAN: “Jim Jarmuch’s epic visual poem. It’s unlike anything else. A film which means many different things to many different people.”
You can seethe full Glastonbury 2017 line-up, designed by Alister Sieghart, below.
The line-up has been revealed for Isle of Wight Festival 2019, with Noel Gallagher, George Ezra and Biffy Clyro topping this year’s bill.
Taking place from 13-16 June at Newport’s Seaclose Park, the legendary festival is now entering its 51st year after celebrating half a century last summer.
Friday (14th) sees the festival pull in a collection of indie rock powerhouses, with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds supported by fellow Mancunians and festival favourites Courteeners and James. There will also be a performance from Sydney-based band DMA’s – an absolute must-see if you’re into the Britpop sound.
After an incredible 2018 which included a sell-out tour of the UK, Gerry Cinnamon also heads to Isle of Wight 2019, as do Lily Allen and Wild Front.
Pop is the order of the day on Saturday, with George Ezra and his live band headlining the Main Stage. Before that, there will be performances from Bastille, Anne-Marie, Rick Astley and KT Tunstall. There will also be a special guest appearance from Fatboy Slim.
IOW’s closing night will be headlined by Scottish three-piece Biffy Clyro, whose thrilling live sets and stage setups have earned them a reputation as one of the UK’s most exciting live acts.
Sunday evening will also feature a performance from British rock royalty Richard Ashcroft, who will be combining The Verve classics with fresh material from his 2018 LP Natural Rebel, for what will be one of the stand-out sets of the weekend.
ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL 2019
Date: Thursday 13 – Sunday 16 June 2019
Venue: Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight. PO30 1Ud
Artists: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, George Ezra, Biffy Clyro, Courteeners, Fatboy Slim, Richard Ashcroft & more!
Tickets: Tickets on sale from 9am Friday 25th January. Adult Weekend: £175 | Student: £160 | Teen: £155
For further details, plus photos, videos and ticket information, head to our Isle of Wight 2019 festival page.
Tramlines Festival, which takes place July 20th – 22nd at Hillsborough Park, has confirmed this year’s line-up, which features an impressive number of big names alongside the UK’s most exciting up-and-coming artists.
Headlining the festival on the Friday will be Welsh rockets Stereophonics, Saturday sees Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds perched on the top spot, and Sunday will feature Craig David’s TS5.
Emerging acts are also well represented on the bill, as Tramlines welcomes Pale Waves, Genghar, Redfaces, The Orielles, Neon Waltz, Naaz, Bobii Lewis, and Mullally are all on the race card, with Bang Bang Romeo, Stereo Honey, Wulfman Fury, Patawawa and The Seamonsters completing the line-up.
Hip-hop legends, De La Soul will be in full effect, presumably with a rundown of their best tracks, such as Stakes is High, Potholes in My Lawn, and The Magic Number. Jake Bugg and Blossoms will be adding a further indie-rock element to proceedings as they support the festival headliners.
Sheffield’s very own Reverend And The Makers will also be making appearance. They’ll be joined by UK Rap’s latest prodigy, Stefflon Don, plus The Sherlocks, Mabel, The Magic Gang and Coasts.
Tramlines will feature four stages over the course of the weekend, and you can enjoy art, music, comedy, and performance at the festival, as well as a range of craft beers and locally sourced food.
Tickets for Tramlines 2018 are available to buy, here.
Sunday morning saw the very last of Glastonbury’s 135,000 tickets sell out, with the final resale lasting just 10 minutes.
As always, the demand massively outweighed the supply, leaving many thousands (including me) looking elsewhere for our festival fix.
Fortunately for all of us, there are hundreds of other family-friendly, multi-genre festivals taking place across the UK this summer, many of which give Glasto more than a run for its money, in terms of both music and value.
Here, in no particular order, are sixteen of the best…
13 – 16 June 2019
Newport, Isle Of Wight
In terms of musical heritage, IoW is one of the few festivals in the world that comes close to Glastonbury.
The legendary 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, which attracted more than 600,000 people with a lineup featuring Jimi Hendrix, The Who and The Doors, is still regarded as one of music’s most iconic gatherings.
After more than 20 years without an event, IoW returned in 2002 and has since hosted the likes of David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Muse, Coldplay, Jay-Z and Queen.
Having celebrated its 50th Anniversary last summer, the festival returns with Noel Gallagher, George Ezra and Biffy Clyro this June.
Isle of Wight Festival Line-up:
25 – 28 July 2019
Set in the Lake District’s picturesque Lowther Deer Park, Kendal Calling boasts one of the UK’s most beautiful festival settings.
Often described as a ‘mini-Glastonbury’, the 25,000 capacity festival ticks all the boxes when it comes to music, arts, and entertainment.
Performances range from huge headlining shows on the Main Stage through to intimate gigs at the Tim Peaks Diner, which has hosted acoustic sets from the likes of Pete Doherty, Nick Hayward, and Edwin Collins. On top of that, there are multiple late-night arenas to take you right through until the early hours.
There’s plenty to keep the little ones entertained too, with the ‘Kids Calling’ area featuring fun activities for children of all ages.
This year’s festival will feature headlining performances from Chic ft Nile Rodgers, Doves and Courteeners.
Kendal Calling 2019 Line-up:
24 – 26 August 2018
This year carries on in the same vein, with Post Malone, Twenty One Pilots and Dave all taking headlining slots.
The revamped, broad-ranging R&L will be a popular Glasto alternative, so it would be wise to get your tickets early.
Reading & Leeds Festival Line-up:
15 – 18 August 2019
Powys, Brecon Beacons, Wales
Set in Wales’ Brecon Beacons, the family-friendly Green Man Festival is a haven amongst the hills for music and art lovers.
The festival is split over multiple stages, and whilst there’s always a huge variety of music to choose from, Green Man proudly celebrates all major art forms, from literature and poetry through to film and theatre.
When it comes to food and drink, Green Man Festival offers an extensive variety of culinary options, and even has its very own beer festival, last year featuring ninety-nine ales, ciders and perries all sourced from Welsh breweries.
Green Man Festival Line-up:
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18 – 21 July 2019
Pink sheep, art installations, poetry, cabaret, comedy, and a music roster spanning every genre you can think of, Latitude has all you could possibly want from a festival, and more…
You’ll experience everything from the spectacular to the surreal at the diverse variety of stages, with the main stage (Obelisk Arena) sitting at the top of the hill looking out across the whole festival.
The festival’s fascinating lineup of theatre, cabaret and comedy compliments an eclectic selection of music acts, while an inspiring variety of spoken word, poetry and film also feature heavily on the programme.
Latitude Festival Line-up:
22 – 25 August 2019
Secret Location, Northamptonshire
Shambala is one of the UK’s favourite family-friendly festivals, taking place annually in a ‘secret’ Northamptonshire location.
In addition to the 200+ music acts spread across the main stages and dance arenas, there’s a huge kids area, creative workshops, carnivals, fancy dress and huge open spaces to relax and enjoy the scenery.
Like Glasto, the easy-going festival doesn’t separate the music arenas from the campsites – so you’re free to carry your warm cans of cider to and from the main stages as you please!
That being said, Shambala does offer an extensive variety of food & drink, so you’ll want to check those out too!
Shambala Festival Line-up:
East Lulworth, Dorset
Guaranteeing a truly immersive festival experience, Bestival is one of the most vibrant and surreal events the UK has to offer – and at its new home at the Lulworth Estate, Dorset, it’s now much easier to access, too!
While the festival’s main stages have showcased some of the world’s biggest live acts, the entertainment at Bestival goes way beyond the music. Last year’s activities covered everything from arts & crafts workshops through to Hip-Hop Yoga and Drag Queen Bingo. On top of that, there are giant astronauts, love robots, and all manner of bizarre features around the festival site.
Bestival’s 2019 line-up is yet to be announced, but to give you an idea of what to expect, here’s what last year’s looked like…
7 – 11 August 2019
Ovington Down, Hampshire
Visually one of the most inspiring spectacles of the summer, the eye-catching extravaganza that is Boomtown Fair celebrates every musical genre.
From ska, folk, gypsy, reggae, punk and disco to electro-swing, jazz, jungle and techno, all are enjoyed in a spirit of unity and freedom. Expect mind-blowing visual displays, dazzling pyrotechnics and high-octane performances.
In addition to the music, there are also arts and crafts workshops, flash-mobbing actors, spoken-word performances and all kinds of weird and wonderful activities to be found in the pop-up city’s many nooks and crannies.
Boomtown 2019 Line-up:
1 – 4 August 2019
Wilderness Festival takes place across four days at the beginning of August, featuring everything from spectacular main stage performances and dance arenas to cricket matches, creative workshops and family fun.
On top of a huge line-up of music, which this year includes Nile Rodgers, Bastille, and Jon Hopkins, there are also talks, panel debates, workshops, a range of outdoor pursuits and an extensive variety of culinary options to enjoy over the weekend.
The 10,000 capacity festival, which was created by the teams behind Lovebox and Secret Garden Party, is set in the stunning surroundings of Cornbury Park, a site big enough for multiple live music stages plus plenty of wide open spaces to relax and unwind.
26 – 28 July 2019
Oxfordshire’s Truck Festival is one of the UK’s longest running and most popular small festivals, and is set to celebrate its 22nd year with some of indie rock’s biggest names.
Famous for its authentic atmosphere and broad-ranging variety of entertainment, Truck Festival somehow manages to cram all the elements of a major festival into a much smaller, more intimate setting.
Wolf Alice, Foals and Two Door Cinema Club are among the artists lined up to headline this year’s Truck Festival.
Truck Festival Line-up:
25 – 28 July 2019
Love Glasto but wish you could take your dog? Then Standon Calling is for you!
The festival proudly claims to be the most dog-friendly festival in the UK and encourages you to bring your four-legged friends along. They’re even invited to take part in the annual dog show, where they can compete for prizes such as ‘Dog with the Waggiest Tail’ and ‘Looks Most Like Owner’.
Mutts aren’t mandatory though, and the festival consistently delivers an eclectic music roster plus all manner of activities for visitors of all ages.
As well as showcasing internationally established artists, the festival has a reputation for introducing some of the UK’s best up-and-coming talent, with Florence and the Machine, Mumford and Sons, Bastille, Clean Bandit, Slaves and London Grammar all appearing at Standon Calling in their early years.
Standon Calling Festival Line-up:
7 – 11 August 2019
Set in the spectacular surroundings of Watergate Bay and Fistral Beach, Boardmasters combines live music, surfing, and extreme sports to create an action-packed weekend by the sea.
With stunning views across the bay from multiple live music stages, Boardmasters’ unique cliff-top location is right up there with the best in the UK.
Watergate Bay is where you’ll catch all the main acts, with the Main Stage hosting the headliners and the Unleashed Stage presenting a huge line-up of electronic, hip-hop and grime artists.
The Point is possibly the most iconic of the Boardmasters stages; backdropped by panoramic views across Watergate Bay, this is the ultimate place to watch the sun go down and enjoy some pumping tunes.
14 – 16 June 2019
The UK’s biggest rock and metal festival welcomes more than 100,000 visitors to Derbyshire’s Donington Park every year.
The festival’s 5 main stages feature some of the world’s biggest bands, plus you can catch live WWE at the NXT area, comedy acts at the Side Splitters stage, film screenings at the Village Cinema, and you can even pick up a permanent memento of your Download experience at the Old Sarum Tattoo Parlour.
1-4 August 2019
Since its humble beginnings as a party in Lee Denny’s back garden, the festival previously known as LeeFest has evolved over the past decade into a multi-award winning festival which now attracts around 5,000 visitors.
As well as showcasing an eclectic variety of established acts, the Neverworld has also gained a reputation as one of the UK’s best festivals for discovering new artists, regularly showcasing emerging acts before they go on to become international stars.
Acts to have appeared in the past include London Grammar, Jack Garratt, Years & Years, Bastille, Young Fathers, Lianne La Havas and Circa Waves.
Elsewhere on the site, The Neverland will feature a carefully curated non-music line up. In 2018 Neverlanders enjoyed burlesque, cabaret, dance classes and drag queens, as well as food fights, theatre, comedy, glitter wrestling, craft markets, talk and debates and even a tranquility spa.
Neverworld 2019 Line-up:
24 – 26 August 2019
Victorious is a festival for everyone; a metropolitan festival by the sea with a huge variety of music ranging from rock, indie and alternative to electronic, pop, world, acoustic and folk.
The UK’s biggest metropolitan festival is headlined by Two Door Cinema Club, Rudimental and New Order this year, and will also feature sets from The Specials, Clean Bandit and Bloc Party, who will be playing their Silent Alarm album in full.
Victorious features a wide variety of kids entertainment and is one of the UK’s favourite family festivals.
Victorious Festival Line-up:
23 – 26 May 2019
Catton Hall, Derbyshire
Bearded Theory heads into its 12th year with Suede, The Cult and Doves lined up to headline.
Winner of ‘Best Family Festival’ at the 2016 UK Festival Awards, Bearded Theory features an extensive variety of kids’ activities, from nippers through to teens.
With adult weekend tickets (including camping) up for grabs at just £122.50, Bearded Theory is one of the best value festivals of the summer.
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Isle of Wight Festival have announced a further wave of artists set to land on their shores this summer, including two Big Top stage headliners.
Taking place at Newport’s Seaclose Park from 13 -16 June, the festival’s organisers had previously announced Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, George Ezra and Biffy Clyro for 2019.
90’s rock icons Garbage have been confirmed as Saturday night’s Big Top headliners, and will be joined by Cage The Elephant, whose latest single Night Running, featuring Beck, dropped yesterday.
The line-up is completed by Sunday night Big Top headliners, Keane, plus Dermot Kennedy, Picture This, Ward Thomas, Wet Wet Wet, Björn Again, Feet, and The Marcus King Band.
Dates: Thursday 13 – Sunday 16 June 2019
Venue: Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight
Latest Line-up Additions: Keane, Dermot Kennedy, Picture This, Ward Thomas, Wet Wet Wet, Björn Again, Feet, The Marcus King Band
Weekend Tickets*: Adult Weekend: £175 | Student: £160 | Teen: £155 | Islander: £145 | Children (12 & under): Free
Day Tickets*: Friday: £60 | Saturday: £70 | Sunday: £70
* Booking fees apply
The full line-up for Denmark’s Roskilde Festival has been revealed, with Skepta, Janelle Monáe and Vampire Weekend among the latest artists to be announced.
Taking place from Saturday 29 June – Sunday 6 July, the non-profit Roskilde 2019 will be the festival’s 49th edition and is set to welcome more than 130,000 visitors from all corners of the world.
The festival have today confirmed that 67 new acts will be joining the likes of Bob Dylan, The Cure, Travis Scott and Cardi B to make up a 173-strong music roster bursting at the seams with internationally renowned artists. From Ghana to Greenland, New Zealand to Norway, Jamaica to Japan, artists of all sizes from more than 30 different countries will be spread across the festival’s eight stages.
After her breathtaking set at Roskilde 2012, Janelle Monáe returns to headline the festival this summer, bigger and better than ever before after the release of her highly acclaimed Dirty Computer, mixing soul, funk, pop and Afrofuturism.
Indie heroes Vampire Weekend will also be heading to the legendary Orange Stage, armed with fresh material from their much-anticipated new album, along with Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds, plus Johnny Marr, Maggie Rogers and Marina.
Travis Scott favourite Sheck Wes, grime king Skepta and future star Saweetie will keep hip-hop connoisseurs happy, while festival-goers looking for something heavier will rejoice in collective headbanging to acts such as Behemoth and Danish favourites Baest.
Those favouring synthesizers, beats and samples will have plenty to look forward to with new announcements such as German darling DJ Koze, quirky Italian Giorgia Angiuli and noisy duo 700 Bliss consisting of DJ Haram and Moor Mother. A further exploration of the paths of weird will lead to Yves Tumor and the jazz adventures of The Comet Is Coming and Sons of Kemet XL, with saxophone extraordinaire Shabaka Hutchings leading both outfits.
Full 2019 Line-up:
Roskilde Festival’s head of programme Anders Wahrén says:
“It feels great to finally present our programme, and Janelle Monáe is a crown jewel in a line-up I think bodes very well for our future.
Not only do we have a load of great young artists of all sizes and from all corners of the earth, we also see that many of them are more socially aware than ever.
From the music to the arts, debates and workshops, solidarity and activism is something that is reflected throughout our programme.”
Full festival tickets, which include camping, are currently priced at DKK 2100 (approx. £241).
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The full line-up for This is Tomorrow has been revealed, with the festival set to welcome a host of rock and indie artists to Newcastle this spring.
Taking place from Friday 24 – Sunday 26 May (Bank Holiday Weekend), 2019’s edition sees the festival up sticks and move to its new, larger home at Exhibition Park.
With tickets already selling fast following the headliner announcements earlier this year, organisers have today revealed that Smiths icon Johnny Marr and chart-topping Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi have been added to the Sunday line-up, headlined by Stereophonics.
Meanwhile, shoegaze pioneers Ride have also been confirmed to perform at the event, making a welcome addition to the Saturday 25th line-up, which already boasts Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, plus The Vaccines, Editors and Glasvegas.
Other new additions include Yonaka, Marsicans, Cattle & Cane, The Snuts and Lauran Hibberd and many more.
Hot on the heels of his last critically acclaimed album, Call the Comet, Johnny Marr, the man behind the ground-breaking guitar sounds of The Smiths, recently announced a global tour and North East fans will now get to see him in action with thousands of fellow revellers in the beautiful outdoor setting of Exhibition Park.
Meanwhile, Lewis Capaldi continues to achieve mainstream success, building on his UK number one hit single Someone You Loved. The super talented 22-year-old is set to unveil his debut album, Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent, on 17 May, just before This is Tomorrow, and fans will get a unique chance to see him in action before he rockets to global fame.
Speaking about the new additions to the This is Tomorrow line-up, Festival organiser, Steve Davis, said: “This is Tomorrow is all about pushing the boundaries of what is possible. We promised more heavyweight acts and we have delivered.
“We’ve been working on getting the Sunday line-up right for some time now, and having Stereophonics, Johnny Marr and Lewis on the same bill is unbelievable.
“We were around when Ride first broke back in the early 90s and we’re delighted to add them to the Saturday leg alongside Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.”
Friday 24 May: Foals, You Me At Six, Nothing But Thieves: £49.50
Saturday 25 May: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Vaccines, Ride: £53.90
Sunday 26 May: Stereophonics, Johnny Marr, Lewis Capaldi: £53.90
2 Day tickets from £86.90
3 Day tickets from £137.50
One of the best rock and indie festivals that the North West has to offer, Neighbourhood Weekender, have just unveiled their line-up, and we can safely say that organisers have built on the success of 2018’s excursion, to bring you a mighty fine selection of artists for their 2019 edition.
The festival takes place at Warrington’s Victoria Park, between May 25th – 26th, for two days of indie, from an impressive selection of artists. Headlining the first day of the festival is George Ezra, who brings his taste of Americana via Hertfordshire. The Budapest songwriter has plenty to offer a crowd, not least his impressive baritone voice!
Organisers keep things on a North-West tip, with Sunday’s headliner being Wigan-born Richard Ashcroft. The ex-Verve frontman has forged a strong solo career for himself since the band split, supporting Noel Gallagher at Lancashire County Cricket Club most recently. He has plenty of anthemic tracks to get involved in, so is sure to go down well at Neighbourhood 2019.
Ezra is joined on Saturday’s bill by Scottish band, Primal Scream, whose indie-rock leanings gave way to a more dancey vibe with the release of Screamadelica. You Me At Six, Nothing But Thieves, Tom Grennan, and The Hunna also feature.
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Sunday sees Ashcroft‘s headline slot supported by The Vaccines, who have a shedload of songs with immediate singalong value. Also playing on the second day are Slaves, The Charlatans, Gerry Cinnamon, and The Amazons.
Tickets for the festival go on sale this Friday (November 16th) at 09:30, so you might want to be poised for a stampede as we reckon they’ll fly out.
Saturday: £60.50 | Saturday VIP: £115.50
Sunday: £60.50 | Sunday VIP: £115.50
Prices listed include booking fees.
The full line-up for Belgium’s Rock Werchter festival has been revealed, with Gorillaz, The Killers, Pearl Jam and Arctic Monkeys topping an incredible bill of artists.
Taking place from Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th July, Rock Werchter 2018 will be the festival’s 41st edition and is set to welcome 150,000 guests over the course of the weekend.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Post Malone, Courteeners and Parov Stelar are amongst the latest additions, rounding off the announcements in style and bringing the tally up to 94 acts – Rock Werchter‘s largest line-up to date.
New for Thursday 5th July: Craig David presents TS5, Rae Sremmurd, Little Simz, Jade Bird Gang Of Youths and Otzeki.
Friday’s additions include Air Traffic, Courteeners, Curtis Harding, Wolf Alice, Sam Fender and Isaac Gracie.
Jorja Smith, The Breeders, Durand Jones And The Indications, The Last Internationale, and Emma Bale complete the programme for Saturday 7th July.
And finally, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Parov Stelar, Post Malone, Novastar, Albert Hammond Jr, Naaz, The Academic and Warbly Jets will be playing the Werchter Festival Park on Sunday 8 July.
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Festival promoter Herman Schueremans said: “Getting that final confirmation is always a bit special. After months of hard work the puzzle is complete.
“We are especially proud of this line-up. Fantastic headliners, great newcomers, very diverse and very current. We have 94 names for the 2018 Rock Werchter line-up… the most we have ever had on a Rock Werchter bill.
“I’m pretty sure The Slope, the extra stage we introduced this year, has played a part in this.”
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Gorillaz, Queens Of The Stone Age, The Script, James Bay, Marshmello, Alice In Chains, Rae Sremmurd, Anne-Marie, At The Drive In, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Craig David presents TS5, The Vaccines, Vince Staples, Rival Sons, Triggerfinger, Steven Wilson, Little Simz, Kali Uchis, Gang Of Youths, Jade Bird, Keir, Otzeki, Sevn Alias, Tom Grennan
The Killers, London Grammar, Snow Patrol, Ben Howard, Franz Ferdinand, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Air Traffic, Arsenal, Russ, Angus & Julia Stone, The Kooks, Chvrches, Walking On Cars, Wolf Alice, Dermot Kennedy, First Aid Kit, IAMDDB, Curtis Harding, Tom Walker, Courteeners, Faces On TV, Isaac Gracie, Sam Fender, Todiefor, The White Buffalo
Pearl Jam, Jack White, Jack Johnson, Fleet Foxes, Khalid, MGMT, Stone Sour, Stereophonics, The Breeders, Petit Biscuit, Jorja Smith, Dotan, blackwave., Angèle, JP Cooper, The Struts, Durand Jones and The Indications, Emma Bale The Last Internationale, Susanne Sundfør,
Arctic Monkeys, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Nine Inch Nails, Post Malone, Parov Stelar, Eels, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Roméo Elvis x Le Motel, David Byrne, NAO, Sigrid, Novastar, Rone, Albert Hammond Jr, Naaz, Fever Ray, Kaleo, George Ezra Pvris, The Academic, The Amazons, Equal Idiots, IDLES, Pale Waves, Warbly Jets
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The iconic Pyramid Stage has seen some incredible performances down the years, from T.Rex and David Bowie at the original ‘Pilton Pop, Folk & Blues Festivals’ through to the likes of Adele, Coldplay and Arctic Monkeys in recent years.
With more than 100,000 people in attendance, plus millions more watching the coverage at home, a headline slot on the Pyramid Stage is the pinnacle of any musician’s career. Fortunately, thanks to the wall-to-wall TV coverage over the past 20 years, we get to relive all the most recent ones.
So, to get you in the mood for Glastonbury 2017, here are 21 of the best performances on the Pyramid Stage since the turn of the century.
Captured here in Julien Temple’s film Glastonbury, David Bowie returned to Worthy Farm almost 30 years after he first appeared at the festival. His legendary set included many of his classics and went down in history as one of the greatest ever Glastonbury performances.
Blur rounded off Glastonbury 2009 with an epic headlining slot on the Sunday night, sending the crowd into a frenzy with hits like Girls And Boys, Country House and Song 2.
You could argue that their set in 2013 was even better, but to headline the Pyramid Stage so early in their career and get a reaction like this (see video) is remarkable.
Despite arriving at the festival as the biggest pop star in the world, some doubted whether Adele’s performance would work on a stage used to arena bands like Muse and Coldplay, who were 2016’s other headliners. She ended up putting on the weekend’s most memorable performance, getting the whole crowd involved and even inviting a couple of lucky fans on stage.
One of Glastonbury’s more controversial choices, many weren’t sure whether a metal band would be appropriate for the festival, and there was even a petition requesting Michael Eavis to remove them from the line-up. The band took it in their stride though and delivered a blistering 90 minute set which had the whole crowd screaming back the lyrics to hits such as Seek And Destroy and Enter Sandman.
Breaking the mould of the traditional Pyramid Stage acts, Faithless put on an unforgettable show which had the crowd jumping from start to finish. They would later return for another epic set in 2010.
Having headlined the festival on several occasions, Coldplay never fail to put on an incredible show. Returning just 3 years after their first appearance on the Pyramid Stage, their set in 2005 cemented their place as an all-time Glastonbury favourite.
After Foo Fighters were forced to pull out, Florence + The Machine were pushed forward into the headline slot and more than lived up to their new billing. Florence Welch put in a performance of a lifetime and provided the highlight of the weekend with her cover of Times Like These.
100,000 people, at Glastonbury, singing along to Hey Jude…
Drawing one of the biggest crowds in the history of the festival, Dolly Parton’s set in 2014 made the Sunday tea time ‘legends slot’ as popular as the headliners.
In 2016 Muse made history by becoming the first act to have headlined all three nights on the Pyramid Stage. Their 2004 set was the pick of the bunch, and would later be voted #1 in NME’s ‘Best Ever Glastonbury Performance’ poll.
Closing the stage on Sunday night, Beyoncé pulled out all the stops to put on the perfect Pyramid Stage performance. From her opening song Crazy in Love right through to the encore of Run The World and Halo, the set was epic from start to finish.
The ultimate Pyramid Stage headliner, this one was never in any doubt as The Boss delivered a rip-roaring set of rock ‘n’ roll classics.
Taking the legends slot which Dolly Parton had filled so brilliantly the year before, Lionel Richie prompted mass sing-alongs from one of the biggest crowds the Pyramid Stage has ever seen. This sunny Sunday afternoon will always be remembered as one of the most feel-good Glastonbury sets of all time.
Another controversial choice, and one Noel Gallagher famously disagreed with. The former Oasis frontman said in the build-up to the event “I’m not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. It’s wrong”, prompting Jay Z to walk on stage with a guitar and cover Wonderwall at the start of his set. His hugely well received performance proved that there is plenty of room for hip-hop on the Pyramid Stage.
It’s not often an electronic act gets to headline the Pyramid Stage, so this was a pretty big deal. The duo’s live sets are almost as famous for their visual effects as they are for the music, and despite being almost 20 years ago, this was one of the most spectacular visual displays the Pyramid Stage has seen.
With Florence + The Machine’s original slot still empty right up until the day, rumours were flying around regarding Friday night’s surprise guests, with Blur and Taylor Swift both strongly rumoured. It was The Libertines who turned up though, all four of them this time, reminding the world just how good The Libertines are when they’re on form.
An unforgettable set from a true music legend, Stevie Wonder pulled out all his greatest hits to provide a fitting end to Glastonbury’s 40th anniversary.
After having to pull out due to Bono’s back injury in 2010, U2 put on a spectacular show the following year. Their performance was backed up by stunning visual effects, with hits such Beautiful Day and Vertigo gaining huge reactions from the crowd.
Performing his greatest hits set at Glastonbury 2008, Leonard Cohen’s rendition of ‘Hallelujah’ in the glorious Sunday evening sunshine has gone down as an iconic Glastonbury moment.
Their set in 1997 is regarded as one of the best in the festival’s history, so the pressure was on to deliver when they returned to headline the Pyramid Stage again six years later. This time they were even better.
The full line-up for Glastonbury 2017 has been announced, with a few surprise additions and many inevitable clashes.
Whilst we already knew that Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran would headline Friday, Saturday and Sunday, set times have now also been revealed for all other stages, so it’s time to get your itinerary out and start making the tough decision of who to see, who to miss, and who’s worth dashing across the site to catch the last half hour of.
Hacienda Classical will open the Pyramid Stage on the Friday, while one of the new additions to the line-up, The Bootleg Beatles, will kick things off on the Saturday by playing the classic Sgt Pepper album with the Pepperland Sinfonia.
Further additional acts added to the main line-up include The Pretenders and Gabrielle Aplin, who have been added to the Other stage; Dua Lipa, Inheaven and Cabbage, who join the bill for the John Peel stage. Elsewhere Margo Price and Hamilton Leithauser will play the Park Stage.
Other notable appearances come from Status Quo, who will appear at the Acoustic Stage for their first gig since the death of Rick Parfitt, and Noel Gallagher, who will be there to present the new Oasis Supersonic documentary ash the William’s Green.
In terms of headliners, on Friday you’ve got the choice between Radiohead (Pyramid), Major Lazer (Other Stage), Dizzee Rascal (West Holts), Annie Mac (John Peel), The Flaming Lips (The Park), Status Quo (Acoustic Stage).
Saturday’s main stage headliners are Foo Fighters (Pyramid), Alt-J (Other Stage), The Jacksons (West Holts), Phoenix (John Peel), Warpaint (The Park), Hothouse Flowers (Acoustic Stage).
Then on Sunday there’s Ed Sheeran (Pyramid), Boy Better Know (Other Stage), Justice (West Holts), Metronomy (John Peel), Kano (The Park), Ani Difranco (Acoustic Stage).
See the full line-up and set times HERE.