Glastonbury 2019 headliners & line-up rumours
11 February 2019, 18:04 | Updated: 15 March 2019, 09:37
Here's who's in the frame to headline or make the line-up at Glastonbury festival in 2019.
HEADLINER SUNDAY: The Cure
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.
HEADLINER SATURDAY: The Killers
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.
HEADLINER FRIDAY: Stormzy
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."
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. pic.twitter.com/xXhKPuKC3z— Glastonbury Festival (@GlastoFest) November 15, 2018
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.”
On Stormzy's Instagram story, he's showing what's almost the old Noel Gallagher quote from when Jay Z was announced as headliner in 2008.— The Glasto Thingy (@TheGlastoThingy) August 23, 2018
Make of it what you will.#Glastonbury #Glasto #Stormzy pic.twitter.com/x35ap6SUKD
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.
CONFIRMED: Kylie Minogue
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.
We are delighted to announce that Kylie is finally bringing her show to Glastonbury. She'll play the legendary Sunday afternoon slot at next year's Festival. And we cannot wait. pic.twitter.com/sTAqOUvN0i— Glastonbury Festival (@GlastoFest) December 19, 2018
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:
CONFIRMED: Janelle Monae
The multi-talented U.S singer-songwriter and actress will top the bill on the West Holts Stage.
CONFIRMED: Liam Gallagher
But while The Cure, The Killers and Stormzy have now been confirmed, Liam has been announced on the Glastonbury bill for 2019.
RULED OUT: Madonna
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.
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.
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.
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...
Fleetwood Mac: Ruled out
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.
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.
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?
You may not like it, but there's no reason why international pop starlet Taylor Swift wouldn't follow in the footsteps of Beyonce.
The Stone Roses
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
Watch Foo Fighters play Everlong at Glastonbury 2017: