Could Kendrick Lamar Be Headlining Glastonbury Festival?

Kendrick Lamar performs on the Rock Stage during day 1 of Grandoozy on September 14, 2018 in Denver, Colorado.

After a year of absence, the legendary music festival is set to return in the summer of 2019.

Glastonbury is a five-day contemporary arts festival, and will be taking place from Wednesday 26 June - Sunday 30 June near Pilton, Somerset, England. Although the festival provides entertainment throughout the arts, the main focus is undoubtedly on music. The event’s main stage - the Pyramid Stage - has become world-famous for presenting some of the most extraordinary performances from the most talented acts in music history. The headliners are always diverse, to please all tastes, and last year it was Radiohead, Ed Sheeran and Foo Fighters who took to the stage.

So far this year, the only headliner to be confirmed is British grime artist Stormzy. The rapper has become increasingly popular over recent years, but many have disputed that he doesn’t have enough material or the wide appeal to reward such a slot. Nevertheless, he will be hitting the Pyramid Stage, hopefully turning in the greatest set of his career so far; it’s certainly the most ambitious. Kylie will be fulfilling the legends slot on Sunday afternoon, but the other two headliners are currently up for discussion.

There has been much deliberation, with regular punters contemplating who the two remaining headliners could be. Rumours so far have been focused on Fleetwood Mac, Paul McCartney, Led Zeppelin, but perhaps the most unusual is Kendrick Lamar. It’s perfectly reasonable to consider him headliner material, however, it’s strange how certain many are of his authoritative slot when the festival has already confirmed a hip-hop act. Of course, it could very well have two, but that would be historical, and highly controversial. 

British rapper Stormzy (Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr) performs at Lowlands festival, Biddinghuizen, Netherlands, 18th August 2018.British rapper Stormzy (Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr) performs at Lowlands festival, Biddinghuizen, Netherlands, 18th August 2018.

If it not for the prior announcement of Stormzy, the Compton artist would be a certified bet. It’s just very hard to believe that the organisers would go against the grain and book two rappers to headline, despite the fact that the festival’s headliners are often varied. The festival has only recently began to explore having rappers headline, and the booking of Kanye West a few years back is still debated by regular attendees to this day.

Kendrick Lamar certainly has enough hits, and he has fast become one of the most acclaimed musicians of the twenty-first century. It would be amazing to see him perform hits from To Pimp A Butterfly, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City and Damn on the Pyramid Stage, and he would certainly be a more widely accepted headliner announcement than Stormzy proved. Unfortunately though, chances appear slim, but we’ll all just have to wait and see.

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