Glastonbury 2019 headliners & line-up rumours

6 October 2018, 20:30 | Updated: 12 November 2018, 17:10

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 at Glastonbury festival in 2019.

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 has since been rumoured to have signed for the Sunday legends slot, while an insider has claimed Emily Eavis said Led Zeppelin, Madonna and Fleetwood Mac are NOT booked for 2019.

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

  1. 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.

    Epic.

  2. Kylie Minogue

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

    Kylie Minogue has announced dates for summer 2019. She's playing everywhere from London's Hampton Court Palace to Scarborough's Open Air Theatre.

    There's still space left for her to stop by the festival, which takes place from 26-30 June this year.

    The Aussie icon was previously 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' 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:

  3. Liam Gallagher

    Liam Gallagher
    Liam Gallagher. Picture: Press

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

    Betway have tipped the former Oasis frontman for the top spot on the Somerset festival's Pyramid Stage, giving him fresh odds of 7/4.

    The Supersonic legend had previously been an outsider at 8/1 in September, behind the likes of Arctic Monkeys and ABBA, but the Wall Of Glass singer now heads their list.

    Betway’s Alan Alger said: “Betting on who’ll headline Glastonbury tends to go quiet for a bit and then all of a sudden we notice a string of bets for a certain artist.

    “Liam Gallagher is now the act that everyone wants to back and he heads the betting to secure a headline slot on the Pyramid Stage at just 7/4."

  4. 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.

  5. Madonna: apparently not

    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.

  6. 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
  7. 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."

  8. Led Zeppelin: apparently not

    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.

    At a talk in Taunton on 11 October, Emily Eavis claimed that Led Zep weren't going to be there in 2019. But she said nothing about 2020!

  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

  15. 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

    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. They’ve already announced headline slots at Werchter, Hurricane and Southside festivals, could they do Glastonbury? The Cure headlined Worthy Farm in 1986, 1990 and 1995, so they’re due a return visit.

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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