Glastonbury 2019 headliners & line-up rumours

11 February 2019, 18:04 | Updated: 15 March 2019, 09:37

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

Here's who's in the frame to headline or make the line-up at Glastonbury festival in 2019.

  1. HEADLINER SUNDAY: The Cure

    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.

  2. HEADLINER SATURDAY: The Killers

    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.

  3. HEADLINER FRIDAY: Stormzy

    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.

    Epic.

  4. 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:

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. RULED OUT: Madonna

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

    The Queen of Pop was tipped for the headline slot, with The Sun reporting that she was in talks with organisers in a bid to secure a female headliner.

    However, at a talk in Taunton on 11 October, Emily Eavis claimed that Madge wasn't in the running for 2019. Boo.

  8. The Spice Girls

    The Spice Girls have officially announced their reunion, with all but Victoria Beckham taking to the stage with UK dates in May and June next year.

    There's also a Glasto-shaped space left in their busy schedule... so watch this space.

    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
  9. 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.

  10. 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...

  11. Fleetwood Mac: Ruled out

    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. It was thought that Eavis finally convinced them to grace us with their presence in 2019.

    However, at a talk in Taunton on 11 October, Emily Eavis claimed that Fleetwook Mac weren't going to be there this year.

    According to the BBC, Emily Eavis has reiterated that the Mac will not be playing Glastonbury this year. She's said they are always on her wish list though.

  12. 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?

  13. 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.

  14. 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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