In the months leading up to Glastonbury, the weight of speculation focuses on who’s headlining the Pyramid Stage. This year, each of the three bill-topping acts are big, British and contemporary. On Friday we have Muse, who can always be relied on to put on a grandiose show (recently involving drones flying around arenas while they play). Closing the festival are Coldplay, a band who’ve played Glastonbury so many times they described it as a “homecoming show” in a recent NME interview. And on Saturday, it’s global megastar Adele, who had previously ruled it out saying, “The crowds are too big – I don’t know if I could do it”. So that’s epic rock, big pop singalongs and 150,000-people-in-a-field-blubbering-together taken care of.
For those complaining that this year’s headline choices are a bit safe, there are endless alternatives. There’s cutting edge grime in the shape of Stormzy and Skepta. Radio One listeners can dance their soggy socks off to Jess Glynne, Ellie Goulding and pop-house superstars Years & Years. Electronic thrills come from the brilliant Canadian artist Grimes and the reunited LCD Soundsystem.
In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a genre that isn’t represented. Rock? Bring Me The Horizon. Indie? Wolf Alice, Blossoms, Foals. Dance music? There’s a huge area, Silver Hayes, where you can spend the entire weekend raving. Fact is, only Glastonbury could put together a bill that includes acts as disparate ZZ Top, the Syrian National Orchestra and Jeff Lynne’s ELO, who play the hangover-friendly ‘Sunday afternoon legends’ slot. All we need is for the clouds to part during ‘Mr Blue Sky’ and that’s your ‘Glastonbury moment’ right there.
Check out our specially-compiled Glastonbury Spotify Playlist to get a taste of all these exciting artists and more ahead of the festival.