With Coldplay, Adele and Muse earlier announced as the headliners for this year’s Glastonbury to a rather mixed response. The organisers have added a long list of performers for this year’s festival with as per usual a diversifying degree from Texan rockers ZZ Top to grime artist Skepta.
The line-up also features Beck, Grimes, Ellie Goulding, Earth, Wind and Fire, LCD Soundsystem, The 1975, Fatboy Slim, New Order, Jake Bugg and The Last Shadow Puppets- the rock supergroup that consists of Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) and Miles Kane formerly of The Rascals. Their new record, Everything You’ve Come to Expect is out on Friday. It’s their first work together since their critically acclaimed debut The Age of the Understatement.
More intriguing acts included are the Syrian National Orchestra, who have fled their home country due to the unrest. They are already performing with the versatile Damon Albarn at the Southbank Centre on 25 June. They previously joined Albarn on the Gorillaz world tour in 2010 and contributed to the track White Flag on the latter’s record. Jeff Lynne’s ELO will occupy the Sunday afternoon “legends” slot that has been filled by Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers and Lionel Richie in recent years.
Glastonbury, seen by many as the most-renowned music festival has also included other grime artists other than the aforementioned Skepta. He is joined by Stormzy, Lady Leshurr and Little Simz. Earlier this year there was a major backlash at the Brit Awards, as many felt that the organisers snubbed black British artists.
Singer Lily Allen waded into the debate by adding: “The Brit Awards’ blindness to black British artists goes on, as incredible years for Skepta, Stormzy and Lady Leshurr are shunned for music Alan Partridge would approve of.”
The festival commences from 22-26 June.