Glastonbury 2020 headliners: confirmed and rumoured
From the rumours about who is playing Glastonbury 2020 to the first confirmed headliner... here's who will (and might) be rocking Worthy Farm
And next summer's landmark 50th anniversary festival is set to be the best Glastonbury yet, with whispers that the biggest, most exciting artists have been held back and saved to ensure 2020 is all killer, no filler.
With over 2,800 performances across 79 stages, there is truly something for everyone. And, as Glasto veterans know, much of the magic is in stumbling across something totally new. Still, it's the headline acts playing the Pyramid Stage that demand the most attention. The full line-up won't be announced until early summer 2020, but hype is already building as bands begin to confirm (or at least not deny) and rumours run rife.
Glastonbury 2020 headliners: confirmed
Motown queen and supreme talent Diana Ross is the first act confirmed for Glastonbury 2020. She will play the Sunday afternoon Legend slot on the Pyramid stage, following in the footsteps of Dolly Parton, Kylie Minogue, Lionel Richie and Shirley Bassey. Sharing the news on Twitter, Ross enthused: 'This is a dream come true. To all the fans across the world, this is my tribute to you.'
The former lead singer of The Supremes broke records as the most successful girl group in America, shaping the sound of the 60s with 12 number ones including Baby Love, Stop! In the Name of Love and You Can't Hurry Love. As a solo artist in the 70s and 80s, she reached giddy new heights with Ain't No Mountain High Enough and I'm Coming Out, and now reigns supreme as the most successful female musician in history.
She certainly has a wealth of anthems and her confirmed slot at Glastonbury 2020 is sure to spark a chain reaction of more legendary musicians joining the line-up.
Glastonbury 2020 rumours...
Who better to headline the landmark 50th anniversary Glastonbury Festival than one quarter of the Fab Four, Paul McCartney? He last played the Pyramid stage in 2004, with a set that spanned The Beatles' greatest hits, via Wings and McCartney's solo material. Since April 2019 when Glastonbury founder Micheal Eavis told the BBC he'd love McCartney to return 'hopefully for the 50th' Glastonbury, speculation has been rife. McCartney himself fuelled hopes during a recent radio interview, saying it is 'starting to become some remote kind of possibility... we played there quite a long time ago so maybe it is a good time to go back.'
Fleetwood Mac are one of the only mega-bands that have never played Glastonbury. There have been, ahem, rumours about them headlining for years, but Glasto organisers Emily and Michael Eavis insist the American rock band need to lower their prices to join the line-up. Still, with Mick Fleetwood telling fans at 2019's sellout Wembley Stadium gig that Fleetwood Mac had 'a big field to play' in the future, perhaps the price will be right for a very long-awaited appearance.
Taylor Swift, who is on a candy-coloured comeback mission, has announced a European tour with a conveniently timed Blank Space to coincide with a Saturday or Sunday Glasto slot. She has never played a UK festival but is known for theatrical live performances and has seven albums' worth of hits, along with a loyal legion of millennial women ready to sing along.
The Kinks headlined the first Glastonbury in 1970, so it would be an extraordinary coming full circle if they were to return to play for the 50th anniversary. As the band are barely on speaking terms and haven't played together for over 20 years, it's quite unlikely. But bookies' odds on The Kinks at Glastonbury are getting more favourable now brother Ray and Dave Davies have reunited to work on a new album with the intention of playing live shows.
Pop fans and 90s nostalgics are still hoping for a Spice Girls reunion. After four of the fivesome re-formed for sellout stadium shows in 2019, it's clear fans really really want them back together again for Glastonbury. Mel B has promised that the 'plan' is for all five 'to do Glastonbury next year for the 50th anniversary'. She added: 'I’m in the process of persuading Victoria to do it. And I will make it happen'. But would the prestige of the Pyramid Stage be enough to finally persuade Victoria Beckham to Wannabe Posh Spice again?
Probably the most fanciful Glastonbury headline rumour is an Oasis reunion. Noel Gallagher played solo in 2019, treating crowds to a set stuffed with Oasis classics such as Wonderwall and Champagne Supernova, and heavily hinting that he will be returning for 2020. Fans are pushing hard in hope that the Mancunian rockers might reunite for the sake of Glastonbury's 50th anniversary. But Liam and Noel have not played together since 2009. As they are still at loggerheads, with no tours or new albums to promote, the prospect of Oasis on the Pyramid stage is more maybe than definitely.
Other favourites in the game of who is playing Glastonbury include British indie heroes Arctic Monkeys, who last headlined six years ago; Elton John, who will be in the last leg of his retirement tour and possibly keen to say farewell with a bang; Greenday, Weezer and Fall Out Boy, who are touring as a trio next summer, with a notable gap in their schedule for some pop-punk classics on Sunday of Glastonbury; and first-rate rapper Kendrick Lamar is the bookies' favourite for bringing some more urban vibes to the farm.
The full Glastonbury line-up will not be announced until a few weeks before the festival. But watch this space for updates as new acts are confirmed.