Secrets sets at Glastonbury Festival 2014: who to expect

Our tip-offs for major to-be-announced sets

Photographer: Al De PerezAli Ryland, Chris Swindells on 26 June 2020

Among the many to-be-confirmed sets on the programme, we've spotted two big slots: an opening 11-11.45 set on the Other Stage on Friday (June 27), and a cheeky 55 minute set from 14.35-15.30 on the John Peel Stage this Sunday (29). After secret high profile secret sets from Beady Eye, alt-J, Pulp, Radiohead and Fatboy Slim in the last two editions of Somerset's legendary festival.

We pick our favourites, in order of likelihood.

The Libertines

Definitely one of the strongest contenders, The Libertines have re-united again for Barclaycard British Summer Time Festival 2014 on July 5, as well as for two warm up shows in Glasgow June 28 and 29. That leaves the Friday morning slot free for a rioting return for the reconciled rockers; what better to herald their return than a secret slot at the world-famous Glastonbury?

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The Kooks

A new rumour circulating that whirring mill of gossip; nobody's favourite indie-pop band from the noughties, The Kooks recently re-evaluated their very existence and insist that they're a better band with their new hip-hop-influence. Check out the results below. There's probably more truth to Luke Pritchard and co. playing Glastonbury this weekend so watch out for the Jackie Big Tits.


La Roux

You would have been forgiven for thinking our Bulletproof heroine had given up on the music scene that embraced her and her eponymous debut. But don't despair, half a decade on and the redhaired electro-pop star is about to make that comeback, armed with 'Trouble In Paradise', her forthcoming album, due out July 14. What better promo than a high profile secret slot for the 26-year-old Elly Jackson?


There have been mutterings that the weirdy-indie rock giants might be playing Glastonbury for a while now, ever since sites started excitedly reporting that the initial Glastonbury line-up poster looked remarkably like the secret inlay of Kid A. However, Stanley Donwood, well known as the cover artist for every Radiohead album since The Bends, is somewhat of the headline artist this year at Glastonbury, meaning the similarities are more likely to be coincidence than intelligent design.

It's no secret that Thom Yorke is a big fan of the festival; in 2011 Radiohead played a secret set up at the Park Stage, and just last year Yorke spun the decks at a secret DJ set on the Heaven stage at 1am on the Saturday and Sunday nights.  Either way, Radiohead won’t be the surprise at 11am Friday, as lead guitarist Johnny Greenwood is set to tune up with the London Sinfonietta at the same time on the West Holts Stage. Does Sunday at 2.35pm beckon?


The Sun insists that Prince is a pretty sure thing, as a source recently reported to them that "Prince wants to show up somewhere as a surprise. He has spent so much time in the UK lately, he'd love to do an impromptu set." While this may be pulling the wool over our eyes considering that Prince pulled out of this year's Glastonbury, and the fact that Emily Eavis has denied the rumour, it is still a possibility - if a distant one.


Another rumour that Emily Eavis has quashed, but methinks she doth protest too much. Or maybe she’s just tired of more speculation surrounding the constant will-they-won’t-they that Liam and Noel Gallagher inspire in their devoted and slightly delusional fanbase. Still, Beady Eye could take back the same secret slot they debuted at last year at the festival while stylising themselves as Oasis, as Liam has been threatening. Not an inspiring thought.

Arcade Fire, Metallica and Kasabian are set to headline Glastonbury Festival 2014, which takes place on Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset from 25 - 29 June.

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