The brief glimmer of hope that was the Glastonbury 2020 main line up poster taught us one thing: The! Future! Is! Female!
Glastonbury 2020 was set to mark the festival’s 50th anniversary. Due to COVID-19 and the safety of everyone, Emily and Michael Eavis made the heartbreaking decision to postpone the event to 2021. It’s unclear whether or not the same headliners and line up will carry over for next year.
With their 50th anniversary line up, Glastonbury produced a line up that is representative of music today, and one that is making history instead of repeating it.
For the first time in Glastonbury’s 50 year history, the festival had achieved a 50/50 gender split, with 52% of the line up made up of female artists.
I think it’s time to address it. Unless you consciously do that and change the minds of the bookers, then it will just roll out in the same way that it has done for years.Emily Eavis
California sisters and Glastonbury favourites, Haim, were set to return to Worthy Farm after their summery performance on The Other Stage in 2017.
Another current and highly acclaimed artist set for bringing a dollop of LA energy to Worthy Farm was Banks. In 2019, the alt-pop singer expanded her sound palette with adventurous third LP, III.
Poster girl for the American dream Lana Del Rey was also headed to Somerset this summer, due to play on The Pyramid Stage for the first time since 2014’s ‘Ultraviolence’ era. LDR cancelled her European tour dates earlier this year due to illness, and has promised fans an album of her poetry will be released this year.
Since the release of ‘Magdalene’ in 2019, FKA Twigs has blessed the world with some truly incredible and breathtaking live shows. The flawless performer was set to play a lengthy set for Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary with songs from her stunning back catalogue.
Robyn’s influence on pop music could be seen across the line up for Glastonbury’s 50th Anniversary, with artists such as Charli XCX, Camila Cabello and Dua Lipa billed alongside her royal pop highness.
Along with pop royalty, Glastonbury’s 50th Anniversary line up looked at pushing new female acts up the bill and paving the way for future headliners to emerge. It will be cool to see where Clairo and Celeste are in their careers by the time Glastonbury 2021 comes around.
Country music has always found a place at Glastonbury Festival, this year’s line up had honoured music from Candi Staton, The Staves, Kacey Musgraves, and headliner Taylor Swift.
Those bringing the male energy included Kano, and successful winner of 2015’s ‘Emerging Talent Contest’, Declan McKenna.
Sam Fender, who must be protected at all costs, was also set to play in 2020 after pulling out last year due to illness. 2021 should be third time lucky for Sam Fender whose Glastonbury debut is long overdue. Could a Pyramid Stage slot be on the cards by then?
Indie bands Blossoms, Cage The Elephant, Editors were on hand for that festival anthem fever. Oldie but goodie moments were expected from Happy Mondays, Supergrass, Pet Shop Boys, The Lightning Seeds, and The Specials.
On the dance music front, Caribou’s new album was set to be celebrated at Glastonbury 2020. The rest of the festival’s expansive electronic line up was yet to be released. Instagram live DJ sets are all we know now.
A lot can change in a year, and we can expect a surge of new music born out of quarantine creativity. Glastonbury 2021 Festival will take place from 23rd – 27th June. For more information including FAQs, you can visit the official website here.