For all the attention we give things like Coachella and Bonnaroo, the UK’s Glastonbury Festival is probably the biggest and most historically significant music festival in the world. This year, the festival is coming to Worthy Farm in Pilton 6/21-25, and since the festival is taking a one-year break next summer, this will be your only chance to go for a little while. As previously reported, Radiohead will headline. And they’ll share headlining duties with Foo Fighters and with Ed Sheeran, who is one of the world’s biggest pop stars right now and who basically never does festivals. Oddly, the bill also includes Katy Perry, another massive star who doesn’t tend to go in for this sort of thing. And as ever, it’s absolutely packed from top to bottom.
The list of performers includes plenty of huge names from across the musical spectrum: the xx, the National, Biffy Clyro, Major Lazer, Alt-J, Lorde, Solange, Run The Jewels, Laura Marling, Phoenix, First Aid Kit, Justice, Anderson .Paak, Haim, Father John Misty, the Flaming Lips, Warpaint, the Avalanches, Goldfrapp, Sleaford Mods, Thundercat, Sampha, DJ Shadow, Ride, Little Dragon, Wild Beasts, Angel Olsen, the Lemon Twigs, Future Islands, Tove Lo, Mark Lanegan.
The UK’s grime scene is unusually well-represented, with Skepta’s Boy Better Know crew on the bill alongside Stormzy, Dizzee Rascal, Kano, and Wiley. And as ever, the bill is stacked with pop legends from bygone eras: Disco overlords Chic, lead Bee Gee Barry Gibb, country songwriting god Kris Kristofferson, the Jacksons (which in this case means Jermaine, Tito, Randy, and Jackie), reggae forefathers Toots & The Maytals, UK garage smoothie Craig David, and pop-dancehall hitmaker Shaggy. And there are more acts yet to be announced; Glastonbury promises that people will be playing across 100 stages. That seems like too many stages.
Longtime Radiohead collaborator Stanley Donwood did the poster up to yop, and here’s the full bill in list form, as it exists right now:
Boy Better Know
Run the Jewels
First Aid Kit
Aanderson .Paak and the Free Nationals
Toots and the Maytals
Father John Misty
The Flaming Lips
The Can Project
The Lemon Twigs
British Sea Power
Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes
The Cinematic Orchestra
Sasha and John Digweed
All We Are