With Summer approaching, that means just one thing: Festival Season! And sat right on top of the British festival hierarchy is Glastonbury, which returns for its 36th edition from the 26th-30th June.
It’s been a long two year wait since watching Ed Sheeran close the festival, but after its “fallow year”, the ground at Worthy Farm is ready to welcome their next visitors. Whilst failing to attain weekend tickets back in 2017, I was lucky enough to attend the Sunday. At that moment, my friends and I knew we had to bag ourselves the whole package. This meant serious business. At 9am sharp on Sunday 7th October, the four of us joined the mission that is obtaining Glastonbury tickets. With multiple devices on the go and our cursors on the refresh button, it was a miracle when we secured ourselves four tickets. They were sold out within 32 minutes!
Whilst the experience is undoubtedly going to be amazing, the risk with Glastonbury is not knowing the line-up. But that’s all part of the fun!
Musical taste is incredibly subjective, but Glastonbury try and cater for everyone. Whilst some of the festival-goers were disappointed with the line-up release, others were ecstatic. It’s regardless to say that all headliners have some big shoes to fill after hosting iconic performances from acts such as Coldplay, Artic Monkeys, and Foo Fighters.
Opinion on the 2019 line up
Myself? Well I’m pretty chuffed.
I’m probably the most excited to witness The Killers. After hearing rumours of their presence in 2017, we made the decision to miss Shaggy and head to the John Peel stage. And am I glad we did! We were lucky to make it into the area after many were rejected entry, but we couldn’t see anything inside the tent. As a surprise act, the size of the tent hardly catered for their potential, but it didn’t stop us from singing from the top of our lungs. You’d be surprised how many songs of theirs you know, other than Mr Brightside. This year they return to headline at the Pyramid Stage, performing where they rightly belong and doing their music justice.
Headlining on the Friday is Stormzy who has caused quite a lot of controversy. With only one album under his belt, festival-goers are stumped on how he will fill his slot, but he has no doubt that he will deliver a “headline-calibre performance”. Kylie Minogue was revealed as the Sunday legend. Whilst the Australian may not be everybody’s type, she was certainly a childhood classic for me, and I definitely Can’t get her songs out of my head! The closing act was revealed as English rock band The Cure, who will be making their fourth headline at the festival. Their first was in 1986, ten years before I was even born! They certainly have had a lot of practice to put on a flawless show.
Other acts include RnB star, Janet Jackson, who provided humour after tweeting the Glastonbury poster with her name bumped up to first place. Miley Cyrus came as a surprise, but I have no doubt that the Wrecking Ball singer will give an incredible show. I can’t wait to see Bastille who never fail to give it all they’ve got, Snow Patrol, who will have everyone in unison during Chasing Cars, George Ezra, Jorja Smith and Ms Lauryn Hill.
With the Glastonbury Spotify playlist on repeat, I’ve gotten into Two Door Cinema Club and Billie Eilish. Eilish has become the youngest female artist in UK chart history to score a Number 1 album this April at age 17. Her name is fairly low down on the line up but with her recent success I wouldn’t be surprised if she gets moved up on the performance sheet.
Just over two months to go
More names are to be released with rumours of the Spice Girls still going around. There’s still hope with resale tickets going out at the end of April, along with plenty of opportunities to volunteer.
What started out as a tiny festival with 1,500 guests paying just £1, has grown to showcase some of the biggest music acts in the world to crowds of 200,000 at a much larger price of £250. I’m praying for sunshine, but I’ll be sure to pack my poncho!
Let me know what you’re thoughts are on the line up!