Thoughts on Glastonbury Festival 2019

Stormzy performs during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Glastonbury Festival is one of the most prominent contemporary performing arts festivals in the world, and takes place near Somerset, England.

Tickets are always guaranteed to sell out even before any acts get announced, as tickets actually have to be applied for in advance due to such high demand. It is certainly a prestigious event, and the organisers pride themselves on ensuring that some of the most exciting acts and exclusives grace their stages across the weekend. Although the festival didn’t take place this year, the 2017 line-up was headlined by Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran; understandably, expectations for next year’s event are very high.

It was very recently confirmed that Kylie Minogue will be taking the “Legend” slot on Sunday. The singer was actually set to headline in 2005, but was replaced by Basement Jaxx after she was sadly diagnosed with breast cancer. It appears that some are a little unhappy with the announcement, but that’s just how festivals work, which is why the organisers work so hard to provide numerous alternatives across different stages. Her set should be a very entertaining one, and it would be fair to assume that crowds will be belting out such singles as “I Should Be So Lucky” and “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” along with her.

Far more polarising is the festival’s Friday night headliner: British grime artist Stormzy. While most have agreed that the rapper can keep a crowd entertained, there has been objection to his headline slot. It has been argued that he lacks the range of material that punters have come to expect from a Pyramid Stage headliner. Nevertheless, the “Big For Your Boots” rapper is confirmed and will hopefully put on a memorable show. There was controversy a few years back when Kanye West was announced, which signalled a change in the festival’s top bookings; the debate of whether or not for the better is still being fought. 

Festival goers enoy the sunshine attends as they attend on day 4 of the Glastonbury Festival 2017 at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 25, 2017 in Glastonbury, England.Festival goers enoy the sunshine attends as they attend on day 4 of the Glastonbury Festival 2017 at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 25, 2017 in Glastonbury, England.

There are rumours that Kendrick Lamar will headline, but it’s rather unlikely that the organisers will book two major rap acts as headliners. With one already announced, it would be wise to expect a major rock act and also a classic alternative-pop group. Rumour has it that the following acts are in with a strong chance of appearing across the weekend: The Chemical Brothers, Childish Gambino, Paul McCartney, Beach Boys, The Cure, and even Bradley Cooper. There are also reportedly a number of acts who are yet to be confirmed, such as Wu-Tang Clan, The Streets, Liam Gallagher and Fatboy Slim - among others.

More announcements should be with us in the very near future, and it’s shaping up to be an interesting line-up. No matter the artists, it’s set to be as memorable and alluring as always.