Katy Perry among 86 artists announced for Glastonbury 2017
Written by icefmonline on March 30, 2017
Pop superstar joins Solange, Barry Gibb, the xx, Biffy Clyro, Stormzy and the Jacksons down on Worthy Farm
Glastonbury has announced its first swath of artists for this year’s festival at Worthy Farm from 21-25 June, with 83 acts confirmed in addition to the three headliners, Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran.
Joining the headliners are a selection of pop and indie royalty – Katy Perry makes her Glastonbury debut, and Barry Gibb is taking the Sunday teatime “legend” slot that drew huge crowds for Dolly Parton in 2014 and Lionel Richie in 2015.
He is not the only legend on this year’s bill. The Jacksons make their Glastonbury debut, Chic return, country star Kris Kristofferson will appear, and the Can Project – featuring original Can members Irmin Schmidt and Malcolm Mooney – will be joined by special guests including Thurston Moore.
Lorde, whose second album is due this spring, had teased an appearance during a Radio 1 interview, saying she did “love a farm”, and she will indeed be down at Worthy Farm. On a bill featuring plenty of notable female artists, she is joined by Solange, Laura Marling and Haim, among many others.
For those seeking brooding darkness, the National and the xx lead the indie legions, with Warpaint, Sleaford Mods, Ride, Mark Lanegan and Alt-J also appearing. Rock fans – at a festival that traditionally does not embrace the heavy – get the chance to see Biffy Clyro and Royal Blood.
Grime day on the Silver Hayes stage was one of the highlights of last year’s festival, and that genre is strongly represented again this year, with appearances by Stormzy, Kano, Boy Better Know and grime godfathers Wiley and Dizzee Rascal.
Though there are no plans for Glastonbury to end, its future form has been clouded by uncertainty. The event is due one of its regular fallow years in 2018, and Worthy Farm’s owner, Michael Eavis, has spoken of the possibility of an alternative event at a different site, called Variety Bazaar, possibly in 2019 or 2021.
Emily Eavis, the festival’s organiser, remains confident that Glastonbury will return to Worthy Farm in 2019. “I think we’re most likely going to come back here in 2019 after the fallow year in 2018,” she told the Guardian in January. “Then 2020 is our 50th anniversary. And 2021, we may then do a show somewhere else, which we’re calling the Variety Bazaar. But none of this is set in stone.”
Michael Eavis has said the long-term plan is to put on Variety Bazaar every fifth year, in Glastonbury’s fallow year.
Both Eavises – as well as the 135,000 ticketholders, and the tens of thousands who work at the festival – will be hoping for more clement weather than last year, when heavy rain in the run-up to the event caused problems in the car parks, with a spillover effect in the form of massive traffic queues on the approaches to the site, as well as fields of mud on the event itself. Many stages kicked off late on the opening day, as woodchips were dispersed to make the area at the front of the stage safe for fans. Eavis said of the conditions: “I’ve never seen mud like it in my whole life.”
Full list of confirmed acts
Boy Better Know
Run the Jewels
First Aid Kit
Aanderson .Paak and the Free Nationals
Toots and the Maytals
Father John Misty
The Flaming Lips
The Can Project
The Lemon Twigs
British Sea Power
Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes
The Cinematic Orchestra
Sasha and John Digweed
All We Are
- This story was amended on 30 March 2017, after Blossoms and Julia Jacklin were removed from the list of artists performing.