Stormzy has been named as the first Glastonbury headliner and I’m full of regret
15 November 2018 16:35
‘Yeah, I’m not really bothered about going to Glastonbury. It seems a bit overrated. I just don’t really get it.’
‘I agree. It’s so big, it’s literally the opposite of what I want out of a festival.’
Last night, my best friend and I had this exact conversation on the tube. Some of our friends had managed to get tickets when they went on sale last month, and we were smugly reassuring ourselves that we didn’t care that we had forgotten to register for the sale and therefore missed out. In fact, we did it on purpose, obviously.
Well, I take it back. Today, after weeks of rumours, Stormzy was announced as the festival’s first headliner via posters in Oxfam stores. He’ll be taking the top Pyramid Stage slot on the Friday, making him the first grime artist to headline Glastonbury in its history. It’s a pretty big deal.
Of course, as with Jay-Z in 2008, there will be some pissed off Glasto-purists. ‘How the fuck does Stormzy warrant a headline slot at Glasto?’ wonders @MindB0ttled on Twitter. I think an artist who has won 19 awards, including two Brits, is probably qualified to take on the fields of Somerset.
Since Stormzy was a rumoured headliner who has actually been confirmed, I feel as though we have full license to go through other speculative TBC candidates to rouse up some good old-fashioned excitement. Childish Gambino, Liam Gallagher, The Cure and Paul McCartney are all apparently in the running and are all plausible options. 2019 has the potential to be a pretty wild year at Glastonbury. Someone, please, sell me your ticket.