The Glastonbury Festival is set to return in June next year after falling victim to the coronavirus pandemic, and organizers Michael and Emily Eavis are determined it will once again be the greatest spectacle on earth.
In 2020 it was supposed to be Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar and Paul McCartney headlining the Pyramid Stage, but in 2022 it was already announced that teenage pop sensation Billie Eilish would be headlining Friday night.
Speaking to ITV in August, Michael said he hoped all the “big names” due to perform in 2020 would be back next year.
He told the broadcaster: “We’ve got the big names coming back, I think – the same bands that I think we lined up three years ago, or hopefully, fingers crossed.
“It’s not all about the bands, that’s the thing. It’s all the other things we do that make the show work – that’s why we’re so successful, I think.”
This would mean Diana Ross will still play the ‘Legends’ slot on Sunday afternoon, with the chances of this being boosted by her 2022 UK tour, having the Glastonbury weekend without concerts at the moment.
The Pet Shop Boys have confirmed they will be there in 2020 and it is hoped that they will also be available to perform next year.
Among those who have “self-confirmed” that they will be playing is Crowded House, with frontman Neil Finn telling Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch that the band would be available.
Aerosmith have also indicated they are linked with Glastonbury as they quit their UK tour next year with a ‘festival date’ on the weekend of the Worthy Farm event.
Fatboy Slim is expected to play with him as a regular for the past few years and Sir Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift have previously indicated they will fill in their headliners.
Michael also revealed that the team is working on new ideas for the event.
He said: “We do it better every year, don’t we?
“We come up with something new every year – we had the pier two years ago which was a huge success, so we have some new ideas we’re working on for next year as well.”
* The Glastonbury Festival is due to take place June 22-26, 2022.
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