Along with 83 acts, three headliners, Foo Fighters, Radiohead and Ed Sheeran is being a part of Glastonbury which has announced its first track of artists for this year’s Worthy Farm festival from 21st to 25th June. Katy Perry, an American singer and songwriter make her Glastonbury debut and Barry Gibb is going to take the Sunday teatime slot of “legend” that drew huge crowds for Dolly Parton in 2014 and Lionel Richie in 2015.
Lorde, whose second album is due this spring, had teased an appearance during a Radio 1 interview, saying she did “love a farm”, and she will indeed be down at Worthy Farm. On a bill featuring plenty of notable female artists, she is joined by Haim, Solange and Laura Marling, among many others.
In order to seek brooding darkness, the xx and the National lead the indie legions with Sleaford Mods, Ride, Mark Lanegan, Warpaint and Alt-J also appearing. Rock fans at a festival that traditionally does not grasp the heavy can get the chance to see Royal Blood and Biffy Clyro. Grime day on the stage of Silver Hayes was one of the well-known highlights of last year’s festival, and again this year the same genre is strongly represented with appearances by Stormzy, Kano, Boy Better Know and grime godfathers Wiley and Dizzee Rascal.
Though there are no plans for Glastonbury to end, its future form has been clouded by ambiguity. The organized event is due one of its regular fallow years in 2018, and Worthy Farm’s owner, Michael Eavis, has spoken of the possibility of an alternative event at a different site, called Variety Bazaar, possibly in 2019 or 2021.
The organizer of the festival, Emily Eavis, confidently says that Glastonbury will return to Worthy Farm in 2019. She thinks that they are most probably going to come back here in 2019 after the fallow year in 2018. 2020 would be their 50th anniversary. She says that in 2021 we may then do a show somewhere else, which we’re calling the Variety Bazaar. But none of this is set in stone.