This weekend, Billie Eilish, Kendrick Lamar, and Paul McCartney will perform at Glastonbury Festival. Since the festival’s inception in 1970, there have been nearly 100 headliners. Here are the top five greatest Glastonbury headliners of all time.
Which of these deeds will be remembered in the year 2070? After John Squire broke his collarbone, Pulp were drafted in to fill in for The Stone Roses. Even if he had to give Marc Bolan £100 of his milk money for the performance, Michael Eavis called it “one of the most memorable slots ever.”
The Queen of Dollywood’s 2014 Worthy Farm show, with her oversized hair and cries of “Joleeeeene!” was a crowd-pleaser in every way. Jigga’s Wonderwall cover at the start of the set was better than Oasis’ last headline performance in 2004. Blur’s acapella rendition of Tender, as well as Pulp’s 1995 performance, lasted long after the band had left the stage.
- 1 We look at the top ten artists, from Stormzy to The Rolling Stones.
- 2 Björk headlined the Other Stage instead of the Pyramid in 2007.
- 3 When she headlined in 2011, Beyonce owned the stage more than any other performer.
- 4 “He’s got 99 problems, but Oasis isn’t one of them,” Noel says.
- 5 When it comes to music festivals, Glastonbury casts the longest shadow.
- 6 The dates for Glastonbury 2022 are Wednesday, June 22 through Sunday, June 26.
- 7 It’s as famous for its music as it is for the mudslides!
- 8 She is the festival’s youngest solo headliner, at the age of 20.
- 9 Billie Eilish will be the festival’s youngest solo headliner.
- 10 UB40 put on a blistering performance, and King Sunny Adé outdid himself.
- 12 Everitt says, “It still feels the same.”
We look at the top ten artists, from Stormzy to The Rolling Stones.
Glastonbury is a five-day festival that celebrates all things cultural. There are few, if any, greater honors in music than headlining Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage. In this list, we look at ten of the best from that illustrious position.
We look at the top ten artists, from Stormzy to The Rolling Stones. Jay Z’s performance at Glastonbury in 2009 demonstrated that hip-hop was here to stay. Radiohead’s first headline performance at the festival, in 1997, is without a doubt their best.
Stormzy’s set went beyond music and sent shockwaves across the United Kingdom, as the South Londoner made powerful political and cultural statements. Three years after her husband’s iconic set on the same stage, Beyonce delivered an equally memorable performance while pregnant. Since Sinead O’Connor in 1990, Beyonce was the first black female headliner.
Arctic Monkeys debuted at Glastonbury in 2007 with a headline performance on the Pyramid Stage. Bruce Springsteen made his first appearance at Worthy Farm in 2009, as well as his first-ever festival performance. With their performance, the Rolling Stones became the last British guitar band to achieve legendary status.
Björk headlined the Other Stage instead of the Pyramid in 2007.
Glastonbury 2016, Britain’s biggest, best, and often bravest festival, has gone safe mainstream with Muse, Adele, and Coldplay as headliners. With David Bowie’s debut in 1971, we were able to debunk a few drug-fueled Glasto myths. Pulp were huge, having released Britpop classics Different Class (1995) and His ‘n’ Hers (1994) in the previous two years, but they were nothing compared to The Stone Roses.
Björk headlined the Other Stage instead of the Pyramid in 2007. It had been 13 years since the Ice Queen had performed at the festival following her classic solo debut, Debut. In 2009, it was back to the boys of Britpop, as Blur enthralled a hungry audience yearning for the spirit of the 1990s.
Albarn’s cocky onstage swagger was perfectly balanced with Alex James’ and Graham Coxon’s spiky guitars in 2010. In 2009, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band were the most memorable Glastonbury headliners. Bruce was the toast of the tented town from White Lies to The Gaslight Anthem.
Beyonce’s Pyramid Stage performance in 2011 continued the trend, incorporating pop sensibilities and R&B into Glasto’s broadchurch. Jay Z’s headline set in 2008 was controversial because he was the first hip hop artist to perform in the festival’s main stage. Beyonce, Glastonbury’s first female headliner in 25 years, performed a slew of true classics for the crowd.
The Rolling Stones – In 2013, 70-year-old grandfathers brought 50 years of rock and roll history to the stage. Metallica – 2014: If there was going to be a protest riot, Metallica was ready with their own army.
When she headlined in 2011, Beyonce owned the stage more than any other performer.
Adele is one of the most successful British artists of the Millennium, and she walked onto the stage as if she owned it. In 2017, the Foos completely destroyed the venue, even covering Queen and David Bowie’s Under Pressure. Jay-Z was the first hip hop artist to headline Glastonbury, performing a cover of Wonderwall to kick off his set.
Paul McCartney may have appeared out of place among the “Glastonburgers” in 2004, but he quickly pulled out every Fabs and solo hit he could think of. In 2009, Blur put on a raucous show that critics dubbed “the best headline slot of the 2000s.” Muse are fearless, and their performance at the Pyramid Stage in 2004 was electrifying.
When she headlined in 2011, Beyonce owned the stage more than any other performer.
“He’s got 99 problems, but Oasis isn’t one of them,” Noel says.
Pulp, The Killers, Kanye West, The Smiths, Radiohead, Jay Z, Oasis, and David Bowie have all performed as headliners in the past. Let’s take a look back at some of the most memorable headline acts of the last two decades. “He’s got 99 problems, but Oasis isn’t one of them,” Noel says.
Metallica was chastised for not clearly fitting into Glastonbury’s traditional ethos of peace and love, but they went on to win over critics and receive glowing praise. Bruce Springsteen delivered a two-and-a-half-hour set jam-packed with hits like “Born to Run,” “Dancing in the Dark,” and “Thunder Road,” with the audience singing along to “Born to Run,” “Dancing in the Dark,” and “Thunder Road.” After “To The End,” Damon Albarn broke down in tears, making him more likeable than usual.
When it comes to music festivals, Glastonbury casts the longest shadow.
The best Glastonbury performances aren’t just highlights from the festival’s history; they’re also watershed moments in music history. The Isle of Wight, Monterey, and Woodstock were the first, but these 30 highlights show why. Since the 1990s, Glastonbury’s Other Stage (formerly the NME Stage) has hosted a slew of up-and-coming artists.
Adele debuted on the Park Stage at Glastonbury in 2007 with a low-key performance. Dolly Parton gave a regal performance in a white rhinestone-studded trouser suit in 2014. Underworld’s signature hits “Born Slippy” and “King Of Snake” sent fans into rapture in 1999.
When Travis performed at Glastonbury in 2000, they were on the verge of stardom, and a year later, they would headline the festival. Johnny Cash’s appearance in 1994 signaled the start of a golden era in his career and introduced The Man In Black to new audiences.
The dates for Glastonbury 2022 are Wednesday, June 22 through Sunday, June 26.
Up to 210,000 people are expected to flock to the beautiful Somerset countryside. Billie Eilish, the pop sensation, will headline the festival’s Friday night performance. On Saturday, the legendary former Beatle Paul McCartney, who will turn 80 just four days before the festival begins, will take to the stage.
Since 1970, Michael Eavis and, more recently, his daughter Emily have been organizing the Somerset event. Tickets for the 2019 festival are now on sale, and tickets for the 2020 festival will be available this week (the 50th anniversary). Stormzy performed on The Pyramid Stage wearing a Banksy-designed stab vest with a monochrome Union Flag emblazoned on it.
It’s as famous for its music as it is for the mudslides!
Glastonbury Festival is, without a doubt, the best music festival on the planet. Glastonbury is famous for bringing the world’s best musicians to a farm somewhere in England’s West Country. It’s as famous for its music as it is for the mudslides!
Every year, the announcement of who will perform on the Pyramid Stage creates a frenzy of excitement. Although Blur’s reunion was short-lived, this performance remains one of the best from their post-breakup set. Metallica demonstrated that metal has always been a divisive genre by putting on the most inclusive show possible for the skeptics.
Oasis’ first headlining set cemented their status as the era’s most popular band, with Liam, Noel, and the rest of the gang making everyone “mad fer it.” Muse have long been regarded as the heir to Queen’s bombastic throne, and with a set like this, they have firmly established themselves as such. The party atmosphere was brought to the Farm by Bruce Springsteen and his entourage of entertainers.
At Glastonbury, Jay Z proved that hip-hop was here to stay. Z’s In 2001, Beyonce performed a high-octane, meticulously choreographed set at Glastonbury. In just a few years, Arctic Monkeys have gone from awkward teenagers to suit-wearing entertainers.
Coldplay’s headline performance in 2002 launched them on a path that shows no signs of slowing down. Densely structured and demonstrating to the world that she was just as entertaining as Jay-Z.
She is the festival’s youngest solo headliner, at the age of 20.
She’s also the first female headliner since 2016, and the latest in a long line of acts who have elicited boos akin to Grandpa Simpson’s cantankerous yelling. Kendrick Lamar and Paul McCartney are rumored to be joining her on stage. There’s also the possibility of Taylor Swift, Adele, or Lizzo rebooking in 2020.
After years of festivals avoiding booking female or minority artists in prominent positions in favor of the tried-and-true white male, this is an opportunity to make young women feel actively catered for.
Billie Eilish will be the festival’s youngest solo headliner.
In 2022, the 19-year-old pop sensation will perform on the Pyramid stage. When she performs at the festival, she will be 20 years and six months old. Mark Hamilton of Ash had previously been the youngest headliner.
When he took over for Steve Winwood, he was 21 years and three months old. Eilish is the first headliner for the 2022 festival to be announced. The organisers of Glastonbury are hoping for a successful comeback after the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 events due to Covid.
Equinox, a one-day event planned for September 2020, has also been canceled. More than 5,000 Covid cases have been linked to Boardmasters, a Newquay music and extreme sports festival.
UB40 put on a blistering performance, and King Sunny Adé outdid himself.
The Black Crowes, Lenny Kravitz, and Wynton Marsalis are the three worst-ever Glastonbury headliners. In a list ranked from worst to best, Coldplay, Rod Stewart, and Stereophonics round out the top three. The Who, Arctic Monkeys, and The Killers all underwhelmed in some of the festival’s worst weather.
The best of the rain-soaked headliners were Joe Cocker, Ian Dury & The Blockheads, and Hugh Masakela. Only Steve Hillage, Sky, Peter Gabriel, and Friends lacked a Pyramid Stage. During Roy Harper’s set, Ginger Baker came on and told him he was going on too long.
Skunk Anansie were an odd choice to open the show on Sunday night, and their appeal was limited. UB40 put on a blistering performance, and King Sunny Adé outdid himself. The White Stripes, at the height of their commercial success, didn’t seem to be having fun with their self-indulgent set.
Francis Whately, the director of David Bowie’s Five Years trilogy, directed Glastonbury: 50 Years & Counting.
The final cut clocks in at an exhausting one hour and forty minutes, but even so, it falls short of covering all of the major events from 1970 to Stormzy’s headlining performance in 2019. There have also been some tense moments, such as the 1997 mud-fest, the 2000 overcrowding, and some lulls in the magic. Michael wanted to be like the hippies at the Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music, so he started the band.
Every year, nearly 2.5 million people sign up for the approximately 140,000 available tickets, which usually sell out in less than half an hour.
Everitt says, “It still feels the same.”
Matt Everitt, a music presenter, has been a Glastonbury regular for over 30 years. He’s been a fan, a drummer, and has performed with Menswear and The Montrose Avenue. After a two-year Covid-imposed hiatus, this year’s event marks the 50th anniversary of the event.
In an interview with Headliner, he offers some unique perspectives on the festival from his perspective. Glastonbury has preserved its unique spirit by preserving the natural elements that have existed since the beginning. Yes, the Pyramid Stage is frequently adorned with some of the world’s most famous international pop stars, but their presence only adds to the festival’s eclecticism rather than diluting its extremes.
Glastonbury donates £3 million to charity each year; it’s not a corporate-sponsored event; Water Aid, Greenpeace, and Oxfam are among the organizations that benefit. Everitt says, “It still feels the same.”
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