Glastonbury defies coronavirus threat to announce lineup with Kendrick Lamar

Over 90 more names including Pet Shop Boys, Dua Lipa and Noel Gallagher have been announced for 50th-anniversary edition of the festival

Glastonbury is pressing ahead with preparations for its 50th anniversary year despite coronavirus fears, announcing a wave of more than 90 artists including Friday-night headliner Kendrick Lamar.

The festival is still scheduled to take place 24-28 June in its usual home of Worthy Farm, Somerset. At 15 weeks away, it would happen just after when Sir Patrick Vallance, the government’s chief scientific adviser, placed the likely peak of the outbreak in the UK during a Downing Street press conference today, at 10 to 14 weeks.

Emily Eavis, who heads Glastonbury festival along with her father Michael, said they were still “working hard” to deliver it, and were announcing the lineup “after much consideration given the current circumstances, and with the best of intentions … No one has a crystal ball to see exactly where we will all be 15 weeks from now, but we are keeping our fingers firmly crossed that it will be here at Worthy Farm for the greatest show on Earth!”

Earlier this week, the festival put out a statement to say its team was “closely monitoring developments” in the spread of the disease.

The UK government is not currently planning to ban large-scale events, though Boris Johnson has warned of future events being cancelled because of the burden they would place on emergency services. In Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has brought in a ban on gatherings of over 500 people to come into force on Monday.

Dua Lipa in performance.
Other stage headliner … Dua Lipa in performance. Photograph: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

If Glastonbury does go ahead, headlining the Other stage will be Pet Shop Boys, Dua Lipa and Fatboy Slim, though their respective days have not been announced.

Other newly announced artists include major pop stars Camila Cabello, Mabel, Burna Boy and Robyn; soul legends the Isley Brothers and Candi Staton; and 90s indie-rockers Manic Street Preachers, Primal Scream, Supergrass, Lightning Seeds, and Noel Gallagher with his band High Flying Birds, who will play the Pyramid stage set before headliner Paul McCartney on the Saturday night.

Thom Yorke brings his Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes electronic solo work, while Radiohead bandmember Ed O’Brien performs solo as EOB, billings that will spark hopes for a secret Radiohead set (Yorke and Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood performed a secret set together in 2010). Another regular Glastonbury visitor, Jarvis Cocker, will appear with his band Jarv Is.

AJ Tracey, whose verse on his track Thiago Silva went viral at Glastonbury 2019 when performed by bucket-hatted teenager Alex Mann, will appear along with other British rappers including Dizzee Rascal, Aitch and Kano. From further afield will be the Avalanches, Herbie Hancock, Seun Kuti, Tinariwen, Black Uhuru and the re-formed Crowded House, who will appear as part of their first tour since 2011.

Brazilian singer-songwriter Gilberto Gil, 77, lived at Worthy Farm during his exile in the UK in 1970, and played the very first festival that year – he will return to perform with four generations of his family.

They all join the previously announced headliners Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift, plus Diana Ross playing the Sunday teatime “legend” slot, and Lana Del Rey, who is scheduled to play the set before Lamar on the Pyramid stage.

Lamar will be the fourth rapper to headline the Pyramid stage, following Jay-Z, Kanye West and Stormzy, whose 2019 set was widely hailed as one of the greatest ever. Lamar recently announced a new company, pgLang, described by his business partner Dave Free as “focused on cultivating raw expression from grassroots partnerships”, and he is expected to release new music this year.

Further names will be announced closer to the festival.

Kendrick Lamar.
Kendrick Lamar. Photograph: Ian Laidlaw

Glastonbury 2020 lineup so far

Kendrick Lamar, Friday headliner
Paul McCartney, Saturday headliner
Taylor Swift, Sunday headliner
Diana Ross, Sunday teatime “legend” slot

AJ Tracey
Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals
Angel Olsen
Anna Calvi
The Avalanches
Baxter Dury
The Big Moon
Big Thief
Black Uhuru
Brittany Howard
Burna Boy
Cage The Elephant
Camila Cabello
Candi Staton
Cate Le Bon
Charli XCX
Confidence Man
Crowded House
Danny Brown
Declan McKenna
Dizzee Rascal
Dua Lipa
Fatboy Slim
FKA twigs
Fontaines DC
Gilberto Gil & Family
Glass Animals
Greentea Peng
Groove Armada
Happy Mondays
Herbie Hancock
Imelda May
The Isley Brothers
Jarv Is
Jehnny Beth
The Jesus and Mary Chain
Kacey Musgraves
La Roux
Lana Del Rey
Laura Marling
Lianne La Havas
The Lightning Seeds
London Grammar
Manic Street Preachers
Nadine Shah
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Nubya Garcia
The Orielles
Pet Shop Boys
Phoebe Bridgers
Primal Scream
Richard Dawson
Rufus Wainwright
Sam Fender
Sampa The Great
Seun Kuti
Sinéad O’Connor
Skunk Anansie
Snarky Puppy
Soccer Mommy
The Specials
The Staves
Suzanne Vega
Thom Yorke Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes
Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes
Tones and I


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