Glastonbury Releases First Official Line-up Poster
I woke this morning and, as I often tend to do, went straight to Twitter - slave to social media that I am. I was greeted by the first Glastonbury poster, which went live in the AM. The zenith of the British summer festival season, there's a certain expectation which Glastonbury has to deliver on, and although very far from the festival's best years, 2017 seems to be shaping up just fine - with plenty more acts still to be announced.
This first wave announcement confirms that Foo Fighters, Radiohead and Ed Sheeran will headline the fest, which takes place June 21-25 in Somerset. The Foo Fighters finally get to play the headline set they were unable to in 2015, when they had to cancel their appearance due to frontman Dave Grohl's unfortunate broken leg. Given the bands legacy, it'll certainly be a set to remember.
Saturday headliners Radiohead return for their sixth year (and first headline since 2003), while young Brit Ed Sheeran caps off the most successful month of his career with a prime-time Sunday slot - which some will likely deem him undeserving of. Perhaps 2017 should have been Biffy Clyro's year, with the prolific Scot rockers a little further down the roster.
Often criticized in the past few years for not featuring enough rock music, 2017's line-up so far reads as relatively promising for the alternative crowd, although you'd hope some big names are still to be announced. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes are guaranteed to deliver the rowdiest set of the long weekend, while the likes of Warpaint, Royal Blood and Phoneix find themselves suitably high up the bill.
The British indie scene is well represented by The Courteneers, Kaiser Chiefs and Alt-J, while potential highlight sets from the likes of Father John Misty and The National ensure that the Stateside artists will bring some flavor to the festival. There are plenty more interesting names scattered about the poster, including UK rapper Stormzy, American alt-queen Halsey, Swedish electronic outfit Little Dragon and powerful soul singer Rag'N'Bone Man - who's enjoyed a stellar 2017.
Tickets for the festival sold out immediately upon their release last October, and having failed to snag myself one, I'll be watching Glastonbury's TV coverage as I do every year. It seems that there'll be a decent amount to look forward to in June.