Last Wednesday finally revealed the most anticipated line-up of the summer for the biggest British festival, Glastonbury. Due to last summer’s Olympics, the festival also known for its contemporary and performing arts is making its return after its nonexistent presence last year. Big names were anticipated in order to see the festival return in true rock n’ roll style. So did the revelation disappoint or is the line-up everything you could dream of?
Tickets for the event sold out within a couple of hours, months before any of the acts were even disclosed. A resale for any cancellations will take place this April but with such a demand, maintaining a ticket is expected to be difficult.
The main headliners include the Arctic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons but most importantly, the legendary British rock band the Rolling Stones. Other big names such as Dizzee Rascal, Vampire Weekend, Ben Howard, Azealia Banks, The Hives and rising stars The Vaccines are also lined up for the weekend. However, with previous suspicions and rumours of musical legends such as Bowie and Fleetwood Mac, is the line-up as striking as expected?
It is fair to say the festival pulled it out of the bag with the Rolling Stones as its number one act. The festival will be the perfect kick start to the return of the band after recently announcing that they will be performing at the Hyde Park gig in London a week after the festival, then going on to tour the States.
After headlining in 2007, Arctic Monkeys front man, Alex Turner told GQ Magazine that he wanted another shot at performing at Glastonbury as he believed the band “didn’t get it quite right” first time round.
Arguably, Mumford and Sons are the type of band that you should see at a festival, they create a feel good factor that makes you appreciate your surroundings, relax and enjoy yourself. But it could be questionable as to if the band are really headline worthy. Especially for such a prestigious festival who has played host to artists such as Snoop Dogg, Beyonce and Stevie Wonder in past years.
So will the festival also be upping its game this year in the arts aspect of things? The experience the festival creates with its performing and arts entertainment is what sets it aside from every other festival in the UK. It is vital that Glastonbury maintains this.
The Rolling Stones have a reputation that any rock band strives to have, like them or not, there’s no denying they are Rock n’ Roll legends. So should the band just leave it as it is? They have everything to lose but will their performance give them more to gain? Will the Arctic Monkeys smash it second time round? Will Mumford and Sons offer the festival something we’ve never seen before?
Only time will tell. What do you think?
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