The second album is due this spring, had teased an appearance during a Radio 1 interview, saying she did “love a farm”, and she will indeed be down at Worthy Farm. On a bill featuring plenty of notable female artists, she is joined by Solange, Laura Marling and Haim, among many others.
For those seeking brooding darkness, the National and the xx lead the indie legions, with Warpaint, Sleaford Mods, Ride, Mark Lanegan and Alt-J also appearing. Rock fans – at a festival that traditionally does not embrace the heavy get the chance to see Biffy Clyro and Royal Blood.
Grime day on the Silver Hayes stage was one of the highlights of last year’s festival, and that genre is strongly represented again this year, with appearances by Stormzy, Kano, Boy Better Know and grime godfathers Wiley and Dizzee Rascal.
Glastonbury 2017 poster
Though there are no plans for Glastonbury to end, its future form has been clouded by uncertainty. The event is due one of its regular fallow years in 2018, and Worthy Farm’s owner, Michael Eavis, has spoken of the possibility of an alternative event at a different site, called Variety Bazaar, possibly in 2019 or 2021.
- Some 85 acts joining Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran, and Radiohead at Glastonbury Festival 2017 have been announced, the likes of Katy Perry, Biffy Clyro and The National being the most notable.
- Other performers include The XX, Stormzy, and Solange, while the Sunday “legend” slot has been filled by Bee Gees’ singer Barry Gibb who played last year with headliner Coldplay.
- Gibb isn’t the only legend playing Glastonbury: Chic (previously confirmed by Nile Rodgers himself), The Jacksons and country star Kris Kristofferson will also be performing.
Emily Eavis, the festival’s organiser, remains confident that Glastonbury will return to Worthy Farm in 2019. “I think we’re most likely going to come back here in 2019 after the fallow year in 2018,” she told the Guardian in January. “Then 2020 is our 50th anniversary. And 2021, we may then do a show somewhere else, which we’re calling the Variety Bazaar. But none of this is set in stone.”
Michael Eavis has said the long-term plan is to put on Variety Bazaar every fifth year, in Glastonbury’s fallow year.
Both Eavises as well as the 135,000 ticket holders, and the tens of thousands who work at the festival will be hoping for more clement weather than last year, when heavy rain in the run-up to the event caused problems in the car parks, with a spillover effect in the form of massive traffic queues on the approaches to the site, as well as fields of mud on the event itself. Many stages kicked off late on the opening day, as woodchips were dispersed to make the area at the front of the stage safe for fans. Eavis said of the conditions: “I’ve never seen mud like it in my whole life.”
The 2017 Glastonbury has revealed many more of this year’s high-powered acts, proving once again why it’s considered one of the biggest and best summer festivals in England. As previously announced, Ed Sheeran, Radiohead and Foo Fighters will headline the event, and now festival organizers have confirmed that they will be joined by Katy Perry, Lorde, Solange, Major Lazer and many others.
The festival will take place at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset England from June 21 to 25 and tickets have been sold out since October.
Those lucky enough to have tickets will also get to see: The xx, Barry Gibb, Run the Jewels, Anderson .Paak, Stormzy, The Flaming Lips, Father John Misty, Haim, Alt-J, Clean Bandit, Glass Animals, George Ezra and more.
Additional acts will be announced in the coming weeks.