Glastonbury 2019: latest rumours and secret set announcements

28 June 2019, 20:59 | Updated: 29 June 2019, 13:29

The Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury, 2017
The Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury, 2017. Picture: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

Here are some of the empty slots and rumours that are currently swirling around about secret sets at this year's Glastonbury...

See the line-up of the main stages and set times at Glastonbury 2019 here

  1. RUMOUR: Foals

    The hottest rumour of Glastonbury weekend even hotter than the weather. That empty slot at The Park stage on Saturday at 6.15pm is looking quite appealing as the hours tick by...

    Foals at Glastonbury in 2016
    Foals at Glastonbury in 2016. Picture: Markus Scholz/DPA/PA Images
  2. RUMOUR: Nick Cave surprise appearance

    Radio X is going to put some money on dark rock star Nick Cave making a surprise appearance during Kylie Minogue's Sunday legends slot for a version of Where The Wild Roses Grow, seeing as though the Bad Seeds man is in Brighton the night before on his In Conversation talk and music tour. COME ON, NICK.

  3. "SECRET" SET CONFIRMED: Sleaford Mods

    The electro-punk duo play the Truth Stage at Shangri-La on Saturday night at 22.30.

  4. RUMOUR: The Black Keys

    Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney were asked about whether they'd be slotting in a secret set at Glastonbury by Radio X's Gordon Smart and this is what they had to say...

  5. RUMOUR: 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 at some point across the weekend....

  6. RUMOUR: 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. Following their acclaimed performance at All Points East in May, could that John Peel Stage slot be calling them?

  7. RUMOUR: The Spice Girls

    The Spice Girls officially announced their reunion, with all but Victoria Beckham taking to the stage with UK dates that wound up at London's Wembley Stadium on 15 June.

    The Spice Girls commandeered a Girl Power take over live on Heart Breakfast
    The Spice Girls commandeered a Girl Power take over live on Heart Breakfast. Picture: Heart

    Robert Smith of The Cure at Hyde Park on 7 July 2018
    Robert Smith of The Cure at Hyde Park on 7 July 2018. Picture: Brian Rasic/WireImage/Getty

    The Cure will headline Glastonbury for the FOURTH time in 2019 - after topping the bill in 1986, 1990 and 1995. Robert Smith has announced that The Cure will mark 30 years since the release of their landmark album Disintegration by playing “around 20” festivals in Europe.

    The festival organiser and daughter of its founder Michael Eavis took part in George Ezra's podcast, George Ezra & Friends, where she discussed the history of the festival and the work that goes into making it happen.

    Asked by the Shotgun singer if she remembers the moment she got into music for herself rather than always being surrounded by it, Eavis replied: "I suddenly probably in the early-late ‘80s when I was probably 9 or 10 that I started getting really excited by my own kind of music. Do you know what I mean?

    “Like I got really into The Cure for example and then they ended up playing and I was like: ‘This is amazing [...] this festival is quite cool'”.

    Betway have also tipped The Cure to headline the festival, offering odds of 2/5.


    The Killers' Brandon Flowers on stage in 2017
    The Killers' Brandon Flowers on stage in 2017. Picture: Press/Rob Loud via SJM

    Brandon Flowers and co will play the Pyramid Stage on Saturday night at 2019's Glastonbury festival. The band last headlined in 2007, after playing Glastonbury in 2004 and 2005.


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

    Stormzy was the first headliner to be confirmed for Glastonbury in 2019.

    The Shut Up star confirmed the news on his official Instagram, sharing the very same poster with the caption: "THE HEADLINE ACT - GLASTONBURY 2019, well lets be fucking having ya then."

    The Somerset festival has since gone on to confirm the news, writing: "We’re delighted to announce that Stormzy is confirmed as the first headliner for Glastonbury 2019. The multi award-winning British MC will headline the Pyramid Stage on Friday, June 28th."

    The South London grime star teased the story earlier this year with a mysterious Instagram story, displaying the words: “No I’m not havin hip hop at Glastonbury… Fuckin’ No chance.”

    The words quote Noel Gallagher, who told 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.


  11. CONFIRMED: Sean Paul

    The Jamaican dancehall star has been confirmed to headlne the John Peel Stage on Saturday at 22.30.

  12. CONFIRMED: Kylie Minogue

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

    Kylie Minogue has been officially confirmed to play the Sunday legends tea time slot on Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage.

    Kylie's appearance will see her join the likes of Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie and Bee Gees singer Barry Gibb in playing the famous legends slot.

    The Aussie icon was previously strongly rumoured to play the famous 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' 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:

  13. CONFIRMED: Janelle Monae

    Janelle Monae to headline Glastonbury Festival's West Holt stage in 2019
    Janelle Monae to headline Glastonbury Festival's West Holt stage in 2019. Picture: Press/Twitter Glastonbury Festival

    The multi-talented U.S singer-songwriter and actress will top the bill on the West Holts Stage.

  14. CONFIRMED: Liam Gallagher

    Liam Gallagher
    Liam Gallagher. Picture: Press

    Liam Gallagher was a bookies favourite to headline Glastonbury Festival 2019 as a solo act.

    But while The Cure, The Killers and Stormzy have now been confirmed, Liam has been announced on the Glastonbury bill for 2019.

Watch Foo Fighters play Everlong at Glastonbury 2017: