Today, Emily Eavis and co. unveiled the lineup for Glastonbury 2016, albeit a portion of it. Already confirmed to perform at one of the world’s essential festivals were all three headliners- Muse, Adele, and Coldplay, as well as PJ Harvey and Jeff Lynne’s ELO. In typical Glastonbury fashion, 2016’s lineup has been revealed without warning, and only partially- the rest of the colossal bill will be finalised around a month before the festival commences at the end of June.
It was my understanding that Glastonbury was one of the biggest festivals in the world, and after the embarrassment that was Glastonbury 2015 (in terms of lineup), I expected 2016 to set this record straight.
Let’s start with the headliners. Adele, yes, arguably the biggest artist in the world today, adored the world over, refuses to play festivals, if there’s one place she’s going to break that rule, it’s Glastonbury. Secondly, Muse. Just no. Off the back of two uninspiring albums in the form of The 2nd Law and Drones, I ask the question as to wether Muse are in any way relevant in 2016? What frustrates me further with Muse’s headline spot, is that the band that they continually rip off- Radiohead, are literally on a worldwide tour right now. And finally, Coldplay. I’m at an age where a lot of people around me are beginning to realise what an awful band they are; cheesy, uninspiring, trend-hopping, flat, I’ve never fallen for it, and to see them sat atop the bill once more just pains me.
The most part of Glastonbury 2016 and its lineup its draped in mediocrity. Half the people on offer echo the artists from last year, leaving me to continually ask ‘who would get really excited to see them?’ Ellie Goulding, Skepta, The 1975, Annie Mac, Bastille, Years and Years, AlunaGeorge, Jake Bugg, Two Door Cinema Club, it’s not that they’re necessarily bad artists, they’re all just completely average. A few half-alright songs under their belts, would probably trundle along to a few of them if I wasn’t doing anything, but this is supposed to be the best festival in the world?
Once again, rap and/or hip-hop is pretty much absent, with Vince Staples carrying the genre on his own. That being said, electronic music is one of the strongest genre outings, and although the rest of the full electronic stages’ lineups are yet to be released, there is already real reason to get excited. Legendary house DJ Carl Cox is set to play Worthy Farm, as are James Blake and Annie Mac, Disclosure continue their rise to near-headline status, while esteemed veterans Underworld and Fatboy Slim also join the bill.
There’s also a fair few decent names from yesteryear at Glastonbury 2016- ska pioneers Madness, legendary soul outfit Earth, Wind & Fire, experimental Icelanders Sigur Ros, as well as the latter half of the iconic Simon & Garfunkel.
I’ve noticed over the past few years of Glasto-going, much to my dismay and frustration, the festival simply refuses to conform to trends or current tours. Radiohead, Massive Attack, Tame Impala, Chase & Status, four of my personal favourites, all of which are extensively touring, but of course none of them are booked to play, not yet anyway. Glastonbury 2016 gives me mixed opinions, there’s so many bang-average artists that it puts a downer on some of the more exciting names. Electronic music is already shaping up to be a peach, and any fan of rock can be as happy as they are every year, rap fans sell your ticket now, and those of you looking for something legendary can also be happy with Glastonbury 2016.