Radiohead have been confirmed to headline Glastonbury festival for the third time. Along with Daft Punk and Lady Gaga, the band have been one of the bookies favourites for the last few weeks.
Before it was officially confirmed, Glastonbury organisers decided to tease fans by painting a huge Radiohead bear logo next to the site of the pyramid stage.
Emily Eavis, daughter of Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis, said of the band: “I’ve grown up with Radiohead and they’re about as good as it gets for me.” “They’re just in a league of their own aren’t they? Some of my happiest memories at the festival have been watching them play, from headlining in the rain 20 years ago when I was a teenager, to surprise sets in The Park and DJ’ing late night in Shangri-La. We are beyond excited that they’re finally coming back to the Pyramid, it’s incredibly special for everyone here.”
Radiohead first headlined the festival back in 1997, shortly after releasing their seminal album ‘OK Computer’. Their performance that night is still viewed as one of the greatest sets the festival has ever seen. They headlined again in 2003, the same year in which they released their sixth studio album ‘Hail To The Thief’.
When asked how it would feel headlining Glastonbury again, Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien stated: “I would love to. I go to Glastonbury every year, it’s my carnival. To be asked to play at Glastonbury again would be magic. I also think Glastonbury is like our spiritual home. It is the mother of all festivals… there’s nothing like that one… It would be great to play there.”
The other two headline acts are yet to be confirmed however, there has been fresh interest shown by a number of bands. Both The Stone Roses and Kings of Leon are now in contention for the remaining headline spots, with Daft Punk ongoing favourites.