The three headliners for Glastonbury 2009?
Coldplay, Bruce Springsteen, Blur - we reckon
Photographer: Shirlaine Forrest10 December 2008
The three acts look to be a shoe-in for the Somerset festival after Blur announced yesterday they would be reforming for summer shows in the UK.
It looks as if Coldplay will headline the Pyramid Stage on Friday night, filling the same slot they played in 2002 before stepping up to the prestigious Saturday night three years later.
That honour looks increasingly likely to go to Bruce Springsteen, who has been a long time target for Michael Eavis and was one time rumoured for this year. 'The Boss' is set to release a new album in January and a long overdue tour of Europe is expected to follow.
Blur are almost guaranteed headliners, most likely taking the Sunday night spot which is generally reserved for returning legends and rock royalty. Without doubt THE reunion of the year, there is only one festival the band would have been eyeing as they discussed getting back together.
So just how certain are we?
Coldplay - 8/10 - Virtual Festivals knows for a fact that Chris Martin and co have been in talks with the Eavis', and that they made the 'final cut' of five or six potential headliners. Their last show in 2005 was seen by many as underwhelming and they'll be keen to stamp themselves back on the festival in the same way they did in 2002. Michael and Emily are good friends the band, as well as huge fans, and Coldplay hold a special place at Worthy Farm. But with organisers supposedly keen to attract younger audiences, do they still have the same relevence?
Bruce Springsteen - 7/10 - The rumours are rife for a headline show by Springsteen, who has been on Michael's hit-list for several years. 'The Boss' is known to be plotting a huge world tour on the back of his imminent album release, and Glastonbury would be perfect for reigniting his profile. Emily Eavis has already hinted that some 'one-off' shows are being penned for next year and this would certainly rank as one. The NME got it wrong by predicting him for this year but 2009 looks ever likely. It's now or never for 'The Boss'.
Blur - 10/10 - We'll bet our collective limbs on the the fact that Blur will headline Glastonbury in 2009. If ever there was a prediction certainty then this is it. Damon Albarn has close links with Emily through his time curating Africa Express on her Park Stage and is a known lover of the festival. Arguably the key exponents of Britpop, the band also helped epitomise the rapid evolution of Glastonbury throughout the '90s from the anarchy of hippies and rockers into something far more commercial and populist. Headlining in 1998 was possibly their finest moment. Can they eclipse it?
And what about these?
- Could they relegate Coldplay
to the Other Stage, or is Bruce an act too far?
Arctic Monkeys - Went down a storm on the Pyramid last year but perhaps too soon. Reading and Leeds are more likely.
Dave Gilmour's Pink Floyd - Requested to play last year but might have burnt his bridges after laying into the Eavis'.
Klaxons - Possibly a surpise for the Other Stage after last year's runaway album success.