Glastonbury – The view from a ticket holder

Scenes at Glastonbury Festival 2010 by Peter Corkhill
Scenes at Glastonbury Festival 2010 by Peter Corkhill

We're still waiting for Glastonbury to announce their full line-up, but as one of the lucky few with a ticket I'm pretty concerned. Will Glastonbury turn this year's line-up around?

Headlining Saturday are a band that know how to suck the life out of any arena – Coldplay. Granted, they have had some classic hits, but after ‘Fix You’ plays through then what’s left? A stage with four of the world’s blandest men playing for what will by that point be the world’s glummest audiences.  

Sunday will see Beyoncé headline the Pyramid Stage. Chances are that her name isn’t at the top of every Glastonbury-goers list, relative at least to the response to soul legend Stevie Wonder closing the festival last year. Nonetheless, her pop anthems could possibly be a shock-highlight of the weekend.

But if Beyoncé’s too bootylicious for you, then there’s plenty of controversy surrounding Sunday’s headliner on the Other Stage. Grammy award winners Arcade Fire, R.E.M. and the recently-reformed Libertines are all suspects. The Other Stage pulling a bigger Sunday night crowd than the Pyramid Stage could be a first; I for one will be heading to the Other Stage.

As for U2, nobody was disappointed when they bailed out last year, so who wants to see them this time around?

Fortunately there’s well over 20 stages, so you can easily avoid the headliners if you’re not a fan. The beauty of Glastonbury is that even if you sleep through every band you will still have an unforgettable time. Take a walk to the enchanting Green Fields or night-ramble through Shangri-La – you will not regret it.

Mumford and Sons, Fleet Foxes and Friendly Fires are amongst the other bands announced and add some much-needed sparkle to the current line-up. Friendly Fires, in particular, are not to be overlooked as their infectious tracks soon get an entire tent moving.

Their first song back, ‘Live Those Days Tonight’ seems to signal even better things for them this summer.

Look beyond the announced line-up and there’s more than a few interesting rumours flying about. Biffy Clyro and Jessie J have both self-confirmed. After Biffy’s lead singer Simon Neil injured himself during their surprise set last year, let’s hope that they’re prepared and steady on their feet for their return. Those energy-filled rock numbers would wake any crowd up after the comatose brought on by Coldplay!

Also rumoured is Fatboy Slim, nu-folk-prophet Frank Turner and musical everyman of the moment James Blake. Click here to see VF’s line-up rumours list.   

The most bizarre rumour remains Kylie Minogue and a reunion slot for ABBA. Kylie, a guilty pleasure, could easily replace any of the headliners as she proved with her surprise appearance during Scissor Sisters’ set last year. ABBA, on the other hand were rumoured by the press a while ago, but look pretty unlikely to be playing.

An equally intriguing rumour is that Paul Simon, of legendary duo Simon and Garfunkel, could be appearing.  His tour schedule has a Glastonbury-sized gap in June which surely signals time for a rendition or two of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’. 

Who do I want to see playing Worthy Farm in June? Adele surely should get a call up. After nine weeks at number one for ‘21’ everyone seems to have fallen head-over-heels for her flawless tracks. Plus, with an album due out in May and a track record for playing at Glastonbury, maybe a bit of Florence and the Machine would finish the line-up off nicely.

Glastonbury organisers are keeping their lips sealed, saying that the line-up will be revealed sometime in the next two months. All that I can do is hope the bill gives me reason to rejoice beyond bemoaning the bland headliners. If not then I’ll pop over to the Isle of Wight Festival to see a real headliner – Foo Fighters