When Stormzy was announced as the first headliner of the iconic Glastonbury festival for 2019, there were mixed reviews. Some questioned his credibility and longevity as a headline act of the UK’s premier music festival, while others praised the daring move made by the Eavis family to book a relevant, current star to front a festival often accused of being stuck in it’s musical ways. With two headliners left to be announced, who else could top the bill? Here are ten suggestions:
Robert Smith and his wondrous post-punk dream-wave band haven’t appeared at Glastonbury since 1995 and could be in line for a shock return to the main stage of British festivals in 2019 after it was announced they were back on the road and in the process of making a new album. While relationships between the band and the festival have been somewhat frosty in recent years, it would appear the air has been cleared and The Cure are in line to wow us once more.
The Sheffield based band have headlined the festival twice before, once in 2007 and again in 2013. Both times were an absolute hit and with their return coming last year with a new look, new sound and new, innovative stage design; I think Arctic Monkeys would be a great fit to headline over at Worthy Farm once again to complete their Glasto hat-trick.
A sold-out world tour, headline sets both in America (Coachella) and the UK (Reading & Leeds), multiple Grammy victories and a successful soundtrack to one of the highest grossing films of modern times; yeah, Kendrick is ready for Glastonbury. He is the most obviously attention-grabbing name in modern day hip-hop and has a claim to being the most culturally important act of his generation; best believe K-Dot would bring the fire to the Pyramid Stage and put on a show to remember.
It’s almost impossible to believe that The Strokes have never headlined Glastonbury before, but it’s true. The now infamous indie-rock outfit from New York have a plethora of colossal 00s hits as well as a stellar discography that will provide the bulk of a huge headline setlist, certain to get the British crowds rocking along with Julian Casablancas and co. They headlined British Summer Time a couple of years ago so a big slot here wouldn’t be out of their reach.
Elton John, yes, THE Elton John, has never headlined this festival. In fact, as far as I’ve checked; I don’t think he has ever even performed there before. That alone is crazy considering Elton’s bonafide legendary status in the British music world. He recently announced a huge farewell tour as he plans his musical retirement, travelling the world to bless fans one last time. Funny enough, he doesn’t have a date on Glastonbury weekend? Make of that what you will…
Drake is probably the biggest artist of the last few years, his numbers simply don’t lie. Gaining a billion streams in a week is not something to turn your nose up at. He has headlined Wireless Festival in London but isn’t really much of a festival person as it goes, instead opting for his own shows; but when Glastonbury comes calling it becomes increasingly hard to ignore. He could follow the likes of Jay-Z and Kanye as the next overseas rapper to headline the festival, and trust me it would be a big deal.
There’s an argument to be made that Lady Gaga is this generation’s David Bowie with her continual reinvention and makeovers from album to album. She appears to break down each album as an era with her changing looks and sounds, all of which have worked an absolute treat; from glamorous popstar Gaga to understated country seamstress Joanne. She could take the big plunge as Worthy Farm headliner and honour the aforementioned Starman much like she did at the Grammy’s a couple of years ago.
She’s a pop icon and is still going strong at her tender age. How can anyone deny Madonna’s credentials as a global attraction for Glastonbury Festival’s main star? Three decades of material suggests she has more than enough in her locker in terms of music, and her consistent energy despite her ever-growing age suggests she has the stage presence to wow the crowd. Of course she does, she’s Madonna.
Legendary dance duo Daft Punk have teased a follow-up to their 2013 smash hit, Grammy award winning album Random Access Memories for a while now; and while it may never happen now, we can dream. The show they would put on would blow people’s minds, just imagine being able to say you’ve seen perhaps the most iconic act in the history of electronic music do the business at the most famous festival in Europe. Come on guys, let’s see you do it One More Time.
This one could be looked at one of two ways. Yes, she is in her infancy as an artist and in her life, but look at the star power she already possesses? She put on the incredible One Love Manchester show in honour of the Manchester Arena attack, she gained universal acclaim for her latest album sweetener, one of the biggest releases of 2018; and she is off to headline Coachella this year. How on earth can you say she’s not big enough to do it?