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Summer festivals would not be as exciting without several months to speculate about which artists will take the stage next year. At Festileaks we always keep an eye out for rumours. In this article, we ask ourselves: who will we see at Glastonbury 2019?
Glastonbury Festival took a year off in 2018. However, things are already shaping up for next summer. The tickets for the legendary British festival were sold out in 35 minutes. Additionally, Stormzy has been announced as the first headliner, performing on Friday.
We have gathered the other potential headliners for next year’s edition. This is the list of the main rumours (in random order).
So far, the only festival show announced for The Killers is KABOO Festival in the United States in May. Having headlined Rock Werchter and Latitude in 2018, The Killers might surprise us and headline Glastonbury this year. It is not unlikely, as they are now the bookies’ favourites to headline the legendary British festival in 2019.
The Cure will surely have a busy summer festival season in 2019. They have already confirmed playing at several European festivals, including Rock Werchter, Mad Cool and NOS Alive. However, no English date has been announced yet. Considering the latest announcement of the release of a new album in 2019 and the band’s upcoming induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, it is not unlikely that we will be seeing The Cure at Glastonbury 2019. It would be their fourth headline performance at the festival.
Liam Gallagher is currently touring in promotion of his first solo album As You Were. After his performance in Pilton, a village ten kilometers east of Glastonbury, he thanked the organizers of the festival via Twitter. He even said ‘until next year’ in his message, triggering rumours of a potential show of the artist at Glastonbury 2019.
In January 2018, The Strokes‘ frontman Julian Casablancas declared that the band will return in 2019. Moreover, the band might even release an album this year. Of course, this would be a great time for headline slots at some major European festivals, including Glastonbury. After all, they have never played at Worthy Farm before. The first tour announcements revealed their two Spanish performances at Doctor Music Festival and Bilbao BBK.
Tame Impala only did a few festival shows last summer. Now, Kevin Parker says a new album will most likely be released before the summer of 2019. Additionally, the Australians already confirmed appearances at Hurricane & Southside, Primavera Sound, Northside and We Love Green in June. They will also be in Europe in August, with shows at Lowlands, Øya and Flow Festival. Parker also expressed his interest to headline a stage at Glastonbury Festival 2019.
Maybe this is the last year that you will be able to see Childish Gambino. In fact, Donald Glover will surely continue to make music but probably under another name. The American rapper is already confirmed to headline Coachella, but European festivals are still very much a mystery. There are many festivals where he could play, apart from Lovebox and Bilbao BBK where he performed last year.
Arctic Monkeys are obviously a serious contender, after having headlined many festivals this year to promote Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino. An Oceania tour has already been confirmed for early 2019. Additionally, the Englishmen announced performances at Pa’l Norte in Mexico and at Lollapalooza Argentina, Brazil and Chile at the end of March 2019. Another summer in Europe is definitely a possibility.
Kendrick Lamar is rumoured to play European festivals after several festival shows in 2018. He has already been confirmed to play at Lollapalooza Argentina, Brazil and Chile 2019 and might be heading to Europe after. For a long time, the American rapper was the bookmakers’ favourite to headline Glastonbury 2019. If the hip-hop superstar will indeed visit Europe next summer, then we would definitely look forward to seeing Kung Fu Kenny on the Pyramid Stage.
Emily Eavis, the organiser of the festival, has said that they are progressing well with the lineup for 2019 and that Paul McCartney is always ‘top of their list’ to headline. He has released a new album, Egypt Station, in September 2018, so this year would be a good time. Of course, a legend like Macca would always be the perfect choice for a legendary festival like Glasto. He has already announced his first tour dates for South America and the USA. However, an appearance in Europe still remains a mystery.
Elton John is going on a farewell tour in 2019. He has already announced to perform at Festival de Nîmes, among others. So far, the English singer has only announced two shows in his native country, so there is a chance that we can see him headlining the Pyramid Stage in 2019.
Unfortunately, there are also acts we will not be seeing at Glastonbury 2019. The organisation has refuted various rumours regarding big headliner names. For example, we will not see Madonna, Fleetwood Mac or Led Zeppelin at the festival.
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Glastonbury is a five-day festival of contemporary performing arts that takes place in Pilton, Somerset, England. Apart from the performing musical acts, the festival hosts dance, comedy, theatre, circus, and other activities. The festival is considered to be the largest greenfield festival in the world. It was organized for the first time in 1970 and since 1981, the festival takes place every four out of five years. The English festival occupies an important place on every festival and music-lover’s bucket list. After a ‘fallow-year’ in 2018, the festival will return next year.