The first officially confirmed headliners for Glastonbury 2014 are Canadian rockers Arcade Fire, who playfully announced their booking for June 27th by posting a photo of a list of June festival dates on social media. The booking was quickly confirmed by festival organisers, who tweeted: “We’re very pleased to announce that @ArcadeFire will headline the Pyramid Stage on the Friday at Glastonbury 2014.”
Organiser Michael Eavis had previously hinted the 2014 main-stage headliners would be “three bands who haven’t played Glastonbury,” but Arcade Fire appeared on The Other Stage in 2007, suggesting they may have replaced someone else. Eavis has since confirmed to the Guardian that hopes for a set from 60s rockers Fleetwood Mac will not come to fruition in 2014, after the British/Amercian supergroup cancelled its planned tour of Australasia so founder member John McVie can undergo cancer treatment.
Arcade Fire is likely to prove a popular booking, having recently broken through from extremely internationally well-respected status to full-on superstardom with its acclaimed October album, Reflektor. The band had already confirmed London tour dates for earlier in June, and will also be appearing at major 2014 festivals in Spain, Italy, Holland, Denmark and Germany. They also play Marlay Park, Dublin on Sunday 29th June.
Saturday and Sunday’s Pyramid Stage headliners could still be bands we’ve never seen at Worthy Farm before, and speculation abounds. Lily Allen announced her own Saturday appearance at the international music and arts festival in an interview on BBC Radio 1 last month, but there has been no comment from Glastonbury Festival. The controversial singer, who last appeared at Glasto five years ago, has a comeback album due for release soon and seems likely to feature among the festival’s thousands of live performances.
The latest rumour, started by The Sun newspaper, suggests Dolly Parton will fill the prestigious ‘Legend’ slot on Sunday night, but there have been no comments on this either from the festival or the singer herself. The Tennessee country music phenomenon has never appeared at the festival before, and there is certainly a gap in her UK touring schedule between 27 June and 2 July.
Other strong rumours for the eagerly anticipated bill include 80s American alt-rockers Pixies, who appear in Dublin on the Sunday and have confirmed several other European festival dates for June and early July, including London’s Field Day. Elbow’s Guy Garvey hinted to the NME in September that he hoped the Mercury Prizewinning band would be appearing again in 2014 to reprise their triumphant Pyramid Stage appearance in 2011.
The event programme runs from Wednesday 25th to Sunday 29th June 2014 at a 1,000 acre farm site in Somerset and features live performances at around 100 venues. All 210,000 tickets sold out in a record 87 minutes in October 2013, but registration is now open again in advance of the resale of any cancelled tickets.