Socially conscious American superstar Janelle Monáe has been revealed as the third act on the line-up for Glastonbury 2019. Janelle is the first headliner announced for the West Holts Stage.
Monáe, who released her acclaimed third full-length album Dirty Computer last April, joins Stormzy and Kylie Minogue at this year’s Worthy Farm festival.
A former mentee of Prince, Monáe doesn’t merely perform a persona, she embodies it. On her first releases, she became an android, inviting listeners into a world full of Afrofuturist magical realism.
She has wowed critics in roles in Academy-nominated films, ”Moonlight” and “Hidden Figures”, so performing a character is natural stuff for this prodigy. Her album challenges social and sexual norms as well as traditional concepts of a woman’s role in the world. It’s also an album that celebrates those in marginalised communities.
The news was announced on BBC 6 Music on Monday morning by Emily Eavis, who also gave further details of new developments on the Glastonbury site.
Arcadia is working on a new structure for 2019, while Block 9 is set to launch a new installation. There will also be “something new, near where the Teepees were”, Eavis said.
She added that, in terms of booking artists for the festival line-up, “we’re about 90 per cent of the way there.”
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