Glastonbury 2019 Headliners & Line-Up Rumours
18 September 2018, 17:27
Here's who's in the frame to headline or make the line-up next year.
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.
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:
Sir Paul McCartney
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.
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.”
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 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.
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."
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 Beach Boys
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."
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.
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 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?
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:
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