Rumours about who may or may not play Glastonbury next year are all over the place, with the likes of Coldplay, Muse, The Stone Roses, Adele, Radiohead, Foo Fighters and loads more all getting their fair share of mentions.
Festival organiser Emily Eavis lifted the lid a little bit over the weekend during an interview with the BBC.
When asked about the progress of planning next year’s festival on Worthy Farm, Emily said:
We are about 80% of the way there already. We are so lucky at the moment to have so many huge bands touring and wanting to play. That’s one of the reasons we are doing a festival in 2017 – we already have the headliners pencilled in for that too, which is unusual.
I feel quite passionately that there are enough headliners for at least another 15 years and that doesn’t take into account the new bands coming through, of which there are more all the time. There’s so much great music out there.
Emily also teased quite a few changes to the festival next year – including new plans for some stages and a “major coup” for the Sunday tea-time ‘legends’ slot:
We have booked up to mid-afternoon on most of the main stages. I’ve also been seeing most of the area organisers over the last few weeks, getting plans in place for next year – that includes creative ideas for different fields, things we are going to do differently as well as budgets and passes.
The most recent confirmation was our Sunday teatime slot, which is something I’m personally very excited about. It’s a major coup for us and a genuine surprise. I don’t think anyone has rumoured or guessed this one.
We are introducing a new area in the woods, which is going to be really magical. The other change is one that is happening to the John Peel stage, but more information will be coming on that soon.
We also have some other additional small stages and areas and we’re doing a bit of tweaking to one of the markets too. Strummerville had a great year on the hill, so will stay there, and Arcadia have some ambitious plans for next year too.
Traditionally the first lilne-up announcements for Glastonbury come around November/December, so we might not have too long to wait for our first bit of news.