With the bedraggled festival-goers leaving the site and the clean-up operation in full swing, Glastonbury 2014 is officially consigned to the history books and attention is immediately switched to next years festival.
There’s been a lot of rumours about headliners for Glastonbury 2015, and Michael Eavis even claimed that the deal to book one of them happened while Metallica were playing on Saturday night.
During the annual Sunday morning press conference, Eavis teased:
We’ve got three headliners already – and that’s without Prince. We’ve got some good headliners. We had an agent yesterday on the platform by the stage watching Metallica with me, saying, ‘My band want to do it next year’. I can’t tell you who it was but that was done on the platform watching Metallica. Is it a British artist? He’s definitely British, but the band are not British any more.
So who do we think he is talking about there? Paul McCartney? Morrissey? David Bowie? Could even be AC/DC or Black Sabbath?
After that statement the rumour mill went into overdrive, and for some reason bookies have made Iron Maiden favourites to headline next year, citing Metallica’s reasonably well-received set as the catalyst for Glasto to start embracing heavy metal. This is all despite Bruce Dickinson slating Glastonbury for the past few weeks, so I’m not sure how true that rumour is.
Kate Bush has been rumoured to be playing Glastonbury 2015 ever since she sold out her upcoming London gigs in about 15 minutes, so the enigmatic singer naturally features quite prominently in the current rumours.
Also being touted as possible headliners are Adele, Robert Plant / Led Zeppelin, Arctic Monkeys and, of course, Oasis. It’s the rumour that will never die, but with Noel Gallagher visiting the Glasto site this year it could be a possibility – but that’s just wishful thinking.
Let me know what you think of the rumours and who you think should headline next year in the comments below…
In other Glastonbury news, Michael Eavis confirmed that the festival will take a ‘fallow year’ in 2017 to allow the ground to recover. The festival now traditionally takes a year off every five years or so, with the last one being in 2012 – which had more to do with the London Olympics taking all the portaloos than anything else!
He also said yesterday that he expects the festival to be going strong until at least 2020, but is not looking past that date. Some sensationalists have taken that to mean the future of the festival could be in doubt, but what he probably means is that he intends to stay on as organiser until 2020 and then hand the reins over to his daughter Emily.