Where the hell are Daft Punk?
And headliners like Bowie and The Rolling Stones?
Man, don’t you just love this time of year? Before festival
line-ups are announced, we can but hope, dream and make those part-delusional, part-confident predictions that
would be earth shattering if they actually turned out to be true.
This year... this year... it’s going to happen… Daft Punk are going to headline Reading and Leeds, I can feel it…
Of course there’s been a couple of massive announcements already – The Stone Roses at T in the Park 2012, Black Sabbath at Download Festival 2012, At the Drive-In reforming and (please please please) set to play somewhere in the UK.
The big names can be the deciding factor in spending a month’s disposable income on a festival ticket and living on beans for four weeks. So with money thin on the ground, it seems more important than ever for organisers to secure huge acts to pull in the punters.
However certain bands (read: Metallica, Muse and Kings Of Leon) have had more of their fair share of headline appearances in recent years with many of the top names getting repetitive. But what about the other acts? The ones whose names crop up every year on the forums, the names people would sell their grannies for a chance to see live yet never appear on the line-up posters? When are these guys going to make it back over to our festival stages?
Top of sooooo many people’s wishlists, surely the announcement of a Daft Punk appearance would cause widespread dribbling and neurological breakdown. The last time the French electronic duo appeared on UK shores was at 2007‘s Wireless Festival but in 2010 a rumour appeared online of a world tour. “Daft Punk are busy with a number of creative projects at the moment, including writing and recording new music,” is the official word from their publicist. “I expect that they will tour again sooner rather than later, but they are a unique act, not bound by the normal ‘product / tour cycles”. OK it’s hardly anything concrete but “sooner rather than later”, if that’s not something to cling onto, nothing is.
The last time Bowie performed at a UK festival was in 2004 on the Isle of Wight and since having a heart attack on stage in Germany in 2006 he’s treated us to few live appearances. Last year his biographer Paul Trynka speculated he may have retired altogether. Clearly not news fans wanted to hear. But as Michael Eavis announced last week he had the Glastonbury headliners in the bag for 2013, the rumour mill has ground into action regardless. After all, Bowie has much to celebrate: two weeks ago he turned 65 and his seminal album ‘Low’ just passed its 35th anniversary. Surely there’s no better time for a glorious comeback and if it was going to happen anywhere, where better than the first Glastonbury back after a year off?
It took world poverty to get the Pink Floyd classic line-up of Gilmour, Water, Mason and Wright performing onstage in 2005 as part of Live Aid 8, their first live appearance together in 24 years. Since then, Richard Wright has passed away and there’s been no suggestion the remaining trio will perform under the Pink Floyd moniker again, other than Gilmour and Mason “dropping in” on a Waters O2 gig last year. An official statement has done little to suggest otherwise: "David Gilmour is shortly to begin work on writing a new solo album, following his critically acclaimed Number 1 album, ‘On An Island’ released in 2006. Nick Mason is co-chairman of the Featured Artists’ Coalition. Both are involved with the EMI current studio reissues programme." At the beginning of the month, rumours were abound that the remaining members would be reforming to play at the Olympic opening ceremony later this year but Gilmour quickly quashed them. The spoilsport.
Currently having their name banded about as possibilities for headline slots at Sonisphere or Leeds and Reading, last August the band performed a secret gig in California with a set made up of exclusively new material. New material you say? Perfect for airing in a field somewhere in England? Oh go on then. They haven’t played a festival over here since Reading and Leeds in 2004 and perhaps they’re the reason Sonisphere, due an announcement, have been keeping tight lipped about their bookings thus far.
The Rolling Stones
Like Bowie, The Rolling Stones’ last UK festival performance was at the Isle of Wight Festival, in 2007. And while people seem split as to whether their ploughing on mregardless of age or arthritis, is tarnishing their legacy, there’s no doubt any performance of theirs would be a Big Deal. For those that haven’t yet, it would be wicked to see them again before they eventually stop for good, and with some inklings of a Olympic-sized performance this summer to tie in with their 50th anniversary as a band, fans’ luck might just be in. You know it makes sense Jagger.