Glastonbury 2019 Headliners & Line-Up Rumours

18 September 2018, 17:27

Robert Plant, Stevie Nicks, Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift
Robert Plant, Stevie Nicks, Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift. Picture: PA images/Getty Images

Here's who's in the frame to headline or make the line-up next year.

Michael Eavis at Glastonbury Festival 2017
Michael Eavis at Glastonbury Festival 2017. Picture: Getty Images/ AFP Contributor / Contributor

Festival founder Michael Eavis hinted that the biggest acts who play the next Glastonbury festival will be "two or three that have never played".

Meanwhile Emily has confirmed one non-British act as been booked so far.

Kylie is now rumoured to have signed for the Sunday legends slot, and the bookies are in overdrive.

Join us as we examine the evidence and ponder who could feature in the prestigious line-up next year.

  1. Kylie Minogue

    Kylie Minogue performs in 2005
    Kylie Minogue performs in 2005. Picture: Maurice McDonald/PA Wire/PA Images

    Kylie Minogue has also been strongly rumoured to play the Sunday legends slot.

    A source told The Sun: “Kylie had to pull out of Glastonbury in 2005 just a month before she was due to appear so this performance will be a very emotional and poignant moment for her.

    “She jumped at the opportunity to appear next year and it is the perfect way to celebrate her career.”

    This does fit with Emily Eavis's previous hint that the act booked to play the legends slot was a woman and not British.

    If the rumours are true we'd expect Kylie to provide plenty of glam, glitz, glitter and a fair few famous duets:

  2. Sir Paul McCartney

    Paul McCartney in 2017
    Paul McCartney in 2017. Picture: KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images

    The legendary Beatle last headlined the festival in 2004, but he could be primed to return to Pyramid Stage this year as he releases his 17th solo album, Egypt Station in September.

    If that evidence wasn't compelling enough, speaking to the BBC, the Emily Eavis said the artist playing the Sunday legends slot will be a "non-British female" and that Paul McCartney is always on the top their list to headline the festival.

  3. Stormzy

    Stormzy in 2018
    Stormzy in 2018. Picture: Tabatha Fireman/Getty Images

    Rumours that Stormzy could be headlining Glastonbury in 2019 have gone wild since the rapper posted a cryptic comment on Instagram.

    The South London grime star posted a mysterious Instagram story last night (23 August) which showed the words: “No I’m not havin hip hop at Glastonbury… Fuckin’ No chance.”

    The words quote Noel Gallagher, who announced to the NME after hearing that Jay-Z would be headlining the festival in 2008: “Glastonbury has a tradition of guitar music and even when they throw the odd curve ball in on a Sunday night you go 'Kylie Minogue?’ I don't know about it.

    “But I'm not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. It's wrong."

    Jay Z famously responded to his critics and Noel's Gallagher by arriving on stage for his headline slot complete with a guitar, while singing the words to Wonderwall.


  4. Madonna

    Madonna performs in Berlin in 2015
    Madonna performs in Berlin in 2015. Picture: Rainer Jensen/DPA/PA Images

    The Queen of Pop is the latest artist to be tipped for the headline slot, with The Sun reporting that she's in talks with organisers in a bid to secure a female headliner.

    Insiders told the outlet: “Preparations are already well under way after they’ve taken this year off, and Michael and his ­daughter Emily Eavis want to make it better than ever.

    “They have always been massive fans of Madonna and know she would put on an unforgettable show.
“It was really important that they had a diverse line-up for the 2019 festival after criticism of previous ones."

  5. The Spice Girls

    Mel C recently told The Mirror that the reunited leaders of Girl Power had Glastonbury in their sights, but unfortunately it seems like the whole world tour is off, thanks to Victoria Beckham. Hmmm.

    The Spice Girls
    The Spice Girls. Picture: Brenda Chase/Getty
  6. The Beach Boys

    The Beach Boys on Pet Sounds shoot
    The Beach Boys on Pet Sounds shoot. Picture: Press

    Mike Love has revealed he'd love for the surviving members of the group to play the world famous festival's Sunday afternoon legends slot with his cousin and the band's co-founder Brian Wilson.

    Speaking to The Sun, he revealed: “Yeah, it would be good if we could find the right way in which to do it. We are in contact.
    “He had a back operation the other day so I sent him a message. There’s a lot of love there."

  7. Led Zeppelin

    Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant in 2014
    Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant in 2014. Picture: Joel Ryan/Invision/AP/AP/Press Association Images

    Despite Robert Plant playing a solo sett at the festival in 2014 and 1993, Led Zep have never visited Worthy Farm. The Kashmir singer recently said we "can't hold our breaths forever" for a reunion, but we can probably manage another year. It's said Eavis first got the idea for Glastonbury after watching them at The Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music.

  8. Kendrick Lamar

    Kendrick Lamar at the 60th GRAMMY Awards in 2018
    Kendrick Lamar at the 60th GRAMMY Awards in 2018. Picture: Getty Images/ Christopher Polk / Staff

    Arguably one of the hottest artists at the moment, Kendrick Lamar has just been confirmed for a headline set at Reading & Leeds 2018, so there's no reason to see why he couldn't headline or at the very least appear at Glastonbury next year, following in the footsteps of rap royalty like Jay-Z and Kanye West, who topped the bill in 2008 and 2015 respectively.

  9. Elton John

    Elton John performing at 60th GRAMMY Awards 2018
    Elton John performing at 60th GRAMMY Awards 2018. Picture: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NARAS

    Believe it or not the Rocket Man has never graced the stage at Glastonbury in his six-decade-long career. If that's not enough to convince you, the piano man has announced an end to touring to spend more time with his family.

    However, he'll be on the (Yellow Brick) road on a mammoth Global tour that ends in June 2019, and there's convenient gap between his Dublin date on 13 June and his slot at Switzerland's Montreux Jazz Festival on 29 June.

    Just imagine a mass sing-a-long of Tiny Dancer on the Pyramid Stage...

  10. Fleetwood Mac

    Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac in 2004
    Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac in 2004. Picture: Getty Images/David S. Holloway / Stringer

    Fleetwood Mac have remained famously elusive when it comes to Glastonbury Festival, forgo-ing it for a stint at Isle of Wight Festival 2015. Has Eavis finally convinced them to grace us with their presence in 2019?

  11. The Strokes

    The Strokes
    The Strokes. Picture: Press

    We can't quite believe we're saying this, but somehow The Strokes have never headlined OR featured on the bill at the Somerset festival. With their new album and the follow-up to Comedown Machine reported to not be out until 2019, surely that could put the New York band in the frame for headlining or at least making a cheeky appearance headlining The Other Stage?

  12. Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift in 2017
    Taylor Swift in 2017. Picture: ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images

    You may not like it, but there's no reason why international pop starlet Taylor Swift wouldn't follow in the footsteps of Beyonce.

  13. The Stone Roses

    The Stone Roses
    The Stone Roses. Picture: Press

    It's hard to believe, but Ian Brown and co. haven't played the festival since being replaced by Pulp in 1995. Could 2019 be our lucky year?

    Just imagine this on the Pyramid Stage

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Lead Photo credit: Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant: Dennis Van Tine/ABACA USA/PA Images, Stevie Nicks: Steven Ferdman / Stringer, Kendrick Lamar: Christopher Polk / Staff, Taylor Swift: ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images