Glastonbury 2015 lineup (finally) announced

OLD (Patti Smith, Motorhead, Peace, Suede) and new (Charli XCX, FKA twigs, Lianna La Havas, Kate Tempest) and many more join the festival schedule in 2015.


Few festivals have the kind of reputation to run out of tickets before the full list of bands playing there is even announced. But Glastonbury has always been different. Now in its 44th year, the main acts for the festival of contemporary performing arts was released on Tuesday. Critics of Kanye West, who takes the revered Saturday night slot on the Pyramid Stage, have argued that Glastonbury is a rock festival, and a rapper has no place on the billing; like Jay Z and Beyonce before him. However, a glance at this first lineup demonstrates that the festival has always been a place for much more the one genre. West’s appearance proves there is no artist playing that everyone is guaranteed to enjoy. Metallica learned this in 2014; yet their mission to bring metal to Glastonbury has succeeded; Motörhead will perform in 2015.

Glastonbury started as the Pilton Folk Festival in the 1970s and started working with CND in 1981. It has always been a place that catered to the counter-cultural hippies, with what profits are made from the festival going to the three charities that support it; Oxfam, Greenpeace and Wateraid. That crowd can still be found, but these days festivals also bring in plenty of populist acts, many of whom found success through Radio 1 and the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury. Big crowds can be expected for Ella Eyre, Hozier, George Ezra and Deadmau5, who will follow on from Skrillex’s deafening performance on Saturday last year.

Soul and funk run through Glastonbury as smoothly and reliably as the mud. Mums (Dads, distant cousins, your flatmate, millions of others) across the country celebrated the announcement of Lionel Richie’s appearance a few months ago, and now have another reason to celebrate, with the addition of The Mothership Returns: George Clinton, Parliament, Funkadelic & The Family Stone. The 70’s supergroup of funk veterans will perform together, most likely topping the bill at the West Holts stage (formerly Jazz World). They join fellow American Gregory Porter, the blues singer with the iconic flat cap, who took the UK by storm in 2014. John Coltrane’s great-nephew Stephen Ellison, aka Flying Lotus, will bring a slightly different blend of jazz and experimental hip-hop to Glastonbury for the first time.

Despite Glastonbury’s varied catalogue, there is still space for the “festival” bands – rock bands, regulars of the Somerset fields, whose fanbases come out in droves to see them play Saturday afternoon at Pyramid, or late night at the John Peel stage like last year’s set from the Kaiser Chiefs. The Vaccines, The Macabees and Enter Shikari are returning favourites this year, the Hertfordshire alt-metal outfit setting the Other Stage up in 2013, like a copy of NME on fire.

The Park is Emily Eavis’ pet project; daughter of festival founder Michael, she now oversees much of the organisation herself and opened the new area in 2007, a particularly dismal year weather-wise that did not take away from the quality of the music you could find there. She had previously announced that indie favourites Father John Misty and Courtney Barnett would appear on the stage, and now crooner Sharon von Etten, the enigmatic Mike Hadreas of Perfume Genius and electrifying live performers Future Islands have been added to the billing, all perfect fits for the northern-most stage on site.

Other returning acts from 2014 include Jamie xx, on the road in support of his solo album In Colour, Jungle, and Young Fathers, fresh off their Mercury Prize Win. Mercury nominee and critic’s darling FKA twigs will bring her gentle voice and other-wordly beats to Somerset at the festival, starting on the 24th of June.