Glastonbury 2020: an overview of the biggest rumours

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Glastonbury 2020 is set to be one of the festival’s biggest editions ever. The legendary English event is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Of course, we can’t wait to find out who will headline the Pyramid Stage next year, and rumours have already started.

The first act for 2020 was already announced in August, followed by the confirmations of Diana Ross, Carl Cox and Aerosmith. In November, Paul McCartney was revealed as the first headliner. Additionally, many more rumours have been stirring around Glastonbury 2020. Let’s see what we’ve got so far!

Taylor Swift

For the first time ever, Taylor Swift will perform at European festivals in 2020. The American superstar announced shows at NOS Alive in Portugal and Roskilde in Denmark, among others. However, more festivals, as well as UK dates, are still to be confirmed. Glastonbury would be a great fit for the pop singer. Conveniently, there is a gap in the tour schedule exactly during the English festival.

Kendrick Lamar

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Not a year goes by that Kendrick Lamar is not rumoured to headline Glastonbury. However, it has never actually happened. Will 2020 be different? The American rapper has already confirmed several European festival shows, so he is in the area. Moreover, Bilbao BBK Live and NOS Alive take place just after the English festival. This time it really can’t go wrong, right?

Neil Young

Neil Young
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Another rock legend on the rumour list. Neil Young and his band Crazy Horse have been working on a new album, and a tour will surely follow. In a radio interview from June 2019, Michael Eavis says that Neil Young will return to Glastonbury 2020, he hopes. It’s not clear whether the Canadian artist would be presented as a headliner, but it’s a big name nonetheless!

The 1975

Photo: Ben Houdijk

The 1975 had a wonderful summer this year. After the release of their hugely successful third album, the English band performed their impressive live show at festivals around the world. They even headlined Sziget and Reading & Leeds Festivals. With another album in the pipeline, a big Glastonbury slot is a real possibility. Frontman Matt Healy believes they’re ready, suggesting The 1975 will be at the festival in 2020 in one way or another.

Coldplay

Coldplay

What would a 50th Glastonbury be without Coldplay? The band already headlined the festival in 2002, just before the release of their second album. The English superstars then repeated this trick in 2005, 2011 and 2016. There is no doubt that they have a good relationship with the festival, as frontman Chris Martin joined Stormzy on stage this year. However, Chris Martin has also said that Coldplay will not tour with their new album. Could Glastonbury be the exception?

Supergrass

Gaz Coombes
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Supergrass are back! After almost ten years, the britpop heroes have reunited for what could be a huge comeback. On 6 September, Gaz Coombes and co. took the stage at Glastonbury’s Pilton Party. The frontman also tweeted a short video of the band rehearsing, together with the text ‘#Supergrass2020’. It seems logical that the comeback won’t skip Glastonbury 2020.

Glastonbury 2020

Glastonbury
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Glastonbury is a five-day festival of contemporary performing arts that takes place in Pilton, Somerset, England. It is considered to be the largest greenfield festival in the world, with around 135,000 attendees. It was organised for the first time in 1970 and since 1981, the festival takes place every four out of five years. Aside from the performing musical acts, the festival also hosts dance, comedy, theatre, circus acts and other activities.

The English festival occupies an important place on every festival and music lover’s bucket list. Previous headliners include The Who, Foo Fighters, and Arctic Monkeys. Expectations are already very high for next year as Glastonbury will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020. Will it be legendary? Very much likely.