Although festival organisers like nothing better than to keep us guessing which big names they have lined up for the summer’s extravaganzas, thankfully bands are a little less practiced at keeping their mouths shut. Rumours have already made it across social media sites with big names being touted including Fleetwood Mac to headline Glastonbury, Arctic Monkeys at T in the Park and Aerosmith rocking it at Donington. So settle back with a cup of something warm, ignore the winter weather outside and look forward with our event staff festival rumours guide to sunny summer days filled with magical music.
How will Glastonbury 2014 top The Rolling Stones?
Last year was undeniably one of the best in its history for Glastonbury as the Rolling Stones and perfect weather welcomed visitors to Worthy Farm. Rumours are rife as to which giants of the music scene will be headlining at the world’s biggest festival in 2014. Although he is giving nothing away, organiser Michael Eavis was quoted in Glamour Magazine saying: “Next year’s headliners are more or less in place. They’re three bands who haven’t played Glastonbury, and that’s important.”
Speculation has been intensifying that the big name on the Pyramid Stage will be British-American supergroup Fleetwood Mac. The band has never played Glastonbury, so it’s about time. Mick Fleetwood failed to scotch rumours or confirm them when he said of Fleetwood Mac headlining in the future: “I hope so, I would love that. We were asked to do Glastonbury this year and hopefully they’ll ask us again.”
Other bands topping the bookies list for headlining next summer include Daft Punk, Depeche Mode, Elbow, Prince (who has also inexplicably never played the festival), Kasabian, Foo Fighters, Pink Floyd and David Bowie.
Glastonbury also on Manic Street Preachers and Metallica wish list
The Manic Street Preachers have hinted they would like to return to Glastonbury and play songs from the album The Holy Bible to celebrate the record’s 20th anniversary. Bassist Nicky Wire said: “We kind of wrestle with the idea of doing a gig playing the whole of it, but I’m not so sure. I’d like to do it at Glastonbury actually, I really would.”
The Manics first played Glastonbury in 1994 and last played the Pyramid Stage in 2007 when James Dean Bradfield made an emotional tribute to missing rhythm guitarist Richie Edwards telling the crowd: “One of us was hammered before the gig, during the gig and after the gig. That man was Mr Richey James (Edwards). This one is for him.”
Lars Ulrich has again expressed an interest in facing the crowds at Glastonbury. The Metallica front-man told MTV News that: “We’ve been fortunate enough to play every other festival on this planet numerous times, so Glastonbury is the only one that’s eluding us. There’s such a vibe and it’s maybe the most quintessentially English festival.” Although he conceded: “Every year there’s probably less chance of us doing it than the previous year, but it just looks like it would be a fun night out.” Metallica said they hoped to be playing a number of European festivals next year.
Lily Allen self-announces next year’s Glastonbury appearance
Outspoken singer/songwriter Lily Allen revealed to Nick Grimshaw on his Radio 1 Breakfast Show that she will be playing Glastonbury 2014. The Smile singer told Nick: “That’s the first big thing I’m going to be doing. I’ll be doing 16 weeks of festivals over the summer and then tour. It’s the best festival, I think – that, and Fuji Rock in Japan.”
Tickets for the UK’s biggest summer music festival sold out in record time, beating one hour and 40 minutes set in 2012. Although it is not unusual for stars to ‘out’ themselves as performing at Worthy Farm ahead of any official announcement, fans will have to wait until April for solid confirmation. Glastonbury 2014 will take place between 25 and 29 June.
Arctic Monkeys confirmed as T in the Park 2014 headliners
Festival favourites Arctic Monkeys are the first headline act to be announced for this year’s T in the Park. Festival director, Geoff Ellis said on the festival website: “After this year’s fantastic 20th year celebrations, we asked our audience who they’d like to see at next year’s festival and Arctic Monkeys came top of the poll, so we’re really pleased to be able to confirm them for T in the Park.”
T in the Park will take place between 11th and 13th July at Balado, Kinross, Scotland. “We are delighted to be playing T in the Park and look forward to a great night with our Scottish fans” the band said. This is the fourth time they will play the festival.
Arctics also fronting Finsbury Park Festival
Those who cannot make it to Scotland can see the Sheffield rock giants at Finsbury Park in May. The Arctic’s have confirmed they will headline on Friday 23 May and Saturday 24 May to a 50,000 capacity audience. The band will be joined by a support line-up of guests including Miles Kane, Tame Impala and Royal Blood.
Professor Green to headline brand new summer festival
East London rapper, Professor Green, will headline a new festival set to take place in Leicester on 25 and 26 July. The Leicester Music Festival 2014 will be held at Welford Road Stadium where organisers hope to see 20,000 revellers getting down to some hard-core partying over the two days. Other bands rumoured to have been booked include Soul II Soul and Billy Ocean.
Organiser Manoj Keshavji told the Leicester Mercury: “We won’t just have big headline acts, they will be huge – enormous. We are more than over-the-moon that Professor Green will be performing and he is just a taste of what is to come. People will be amazed with who we have. Leicester has never seen anything like this – this is totally unique.”
Neil Young to headline British Summertime Festival
The 68-year-old rocker will be joined by his band Crazy Horse to belt out favourites including Like a Hurricane and Heart of Gold. The concert takes place on 12 July in Hyde Park. Other acts performing on the day include Tom Odell and The National.
Aerosmith to rock Donington Download Festival 2014
Rock gods Aerosmith have confirmed that they will be joining acts including Avenged Sevenfold, Fallout Boy and Rob Zombie as headliners on Sunday at Donington Park for Download Festival 2014. Steve Tyler will be blasting out classics including Love in an Elevator, Dude (Looks Like a Lady) and I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing on the Main Stage on Sunday 15 June.
Guitarist Joe Perry is quoted on Kerang Radio’s website as enthusing: “It’s been too long since we’ve been to England and we’re sincerely f**ing charged to be coming back! See you there.”
Download takes place between 13and 15 June at Donington Park, Derby, Leicestershire.
Linkin Park confirmed to return to Download
Nu metal rockers Linkin Park will also be returning to Download Festival in June 2014 to play songs from the debut album Hybrid Theory. The record was released in 2000 and sold nearly five million copies making it the biggest seller in 2001. Hit singles included One Step Closer, In the End, Papercut and Keep Crawling.
Blink 182 confirmed as first Reading and Leeds headliners
This will be Tom, Travis and Mark’s fourth Reading and Leeds outing. The American rockers first took their mayhem to the Main Stage in 1999. As well as crowd pleasers including Dammit and All the Small Things, the band has promised to debut songs from their seventh studio album. Also confirmed on the Reading website are Jake Bugg, Disclosure Metronomy and Of Mice and Men.
Will the Arctics and Black Sabbath be joining Blink 182 on the Main Stage?
Betting frontrunners for headline spots at Reading and Leeds 2014 are The Arctic Monkeys and Black Sabbath. Managing director Melvin Ben revealed recently that: “We have headliners in mind and booked actually. Two of the three are done, the last one we are giving due consideration to. Both of the headliners have played before…both American and English”, and a Tweet was put out by the festival music manager that he had: “Just booked one of the best British bands of the last decade!” Both Black Sabbath and Arctic Monkeys have been confirmed for several other European festivals.
Iron Maiden and Metallica to be joined by third headliner at Sonisphere
Sonisphere 2014 will celebrate 40 years of concerts at Knebworth House and promoters have confirmed that, for the first time ever in the UK, Iron Maiden and Metallica will be performing on the same stage.
Sadly some summer festivals will not be returning in 2014
Cockermouth Rock Festival, fondly referred to by revellers as CockRock, will not be returning in 2014. The event has taken place for the past nine consecutive years and has seen visitor numbers grow from 1,000 to a 5,000 capacity. In late 2013 organisers posted a statement on Facebook: “It’s with great sadness and a very heavy heart that we must now announce that CockRock will not run in 2014. At this moment in time we cannot say if we will return again in the future, we hope this is not the end but at the moment the future for CockRock is very uncertain.” The statement went on: “We would like to ask you all to focus on the positives, the wonderful memories and the things that CockRock has achieved over the years.”
And CockRock is not the only Cumbrian festival to be placed on hold. Both Whitehaven and Solfest Festivals will be taking a break in 2014. However, organisers at both have said they will return in 2015. Whitehaven Festival has been running for 15 years and counts acts including Status Quo, The Charlatans and Madness as previous guests.
Solfest announced on its website that it will be back but that organisers had: “Taken the decision not to hold a Solfest festival in the summer of 2014. This allows us a much needed break after ten long years, and also gives us the chance to concentrate our efforts on Solfest 2015.”
“When we return, we intend to remain one of the most loved and best valued family friendly festivals in the country. We would like to thank all our supporters for their hard work and commitment over the last ten years.”
Outcast rumoured to be in Glastonbury Festival talks
OutKast are planning to make a long awaited return to the music scene. Hey Ya! duo Antwan “Big Boi” Patten and Andre “Andre 3000” Benjamin, are hitting the summer festival circuit in 2014. OutKast have been on hiatus since 2007, but there are reports that the boys are close to confirming they will be appearing at California’s Coachella. They could then cross the pond, and if they do, Glastonbury is most likely to be at the top of their UK wish list.