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Fantasy Who Would Have Headlined In 2018 Thread

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I can remember being annoyed in 2012 that there was no Glastonbury. And then hearing that Scissor Sisters had a new album out and were touring and feeling relieved that we wouldn't have to suffer them.

For 2018 however!

What The Serious Fuck?

Roger Waters. Pearl Jam. Depeche Mode. The Cure. Taylor Swift.

All doing shows around that time. They're just the ones that have caught my attention.

What could've been?

Thoughts please.

 

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I've been pondering this for a few weeks, not just the headliners but the rest of the bill too. Saw Billy Idol is playing the UK in June, he'd have been a fun afternoon Pyramid set. 

From that list in the original post though, I think they could all feasibly still be touring in 2019 apart from maybe Depeche Mode.

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We probably dodged Eric Clapton. Sam Smith too although in all likelihood he'll still be touring in June 2019. Depeche Mode were touring in June 2017 and weren't booked so I don't see why they'd have been booked in 2018.

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Woulda loved to see Clapton. Might be a bigoted old prick but he’s a great.

I can’t actually imagine who would’ve headlined. There barely seems to be anyone touring that’s immediately suitable. I think Queens of the Stone Age coulda crept into a headline slot.

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Arctic Monkeys potentially? Not too sure on U2's schedule but them too. I reckon they're both gonna headline in 2019 but coulda done it 2018 if there was a fest.

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Feel like we might have ended up with The Killers due to a lack of obvious options. Would probably have guessed Depeche Mode, The Killers and Sam Smith which isn't a vintage year but not unlike the last couple of years headliners. 

2018 would have been all about the undercard though, good chance we'd have got some, if not most of Jack White, Bjork, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, The War on Drugs, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Nine Inch Nails, Massive Attack, David Byrne, Chvrches etc

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55 minutes ago, kingcrawler said:

Feel like we might have ended up with The Killers due to a lack of obvious options. Would probably have guessed Depeche Mode, The Killers and Sam Smith which isn't a vintage year but not unlike the last couple of years headliners. 

2018 would have been all about the undercard though, good chance we'd have got some, if not most of Jack White, Bjork, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, The War on Drugs, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Nine Inch Nails, Massive Attack, David Byrne, Chvrches etc

Also reckon The National would have been saved until 2019. Could have been a ridiculous undercard.

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I reckon Arctic Monkeys, Depeche Mode and Taylor Swift

also think we could of got sam smith if taylor didn’t wanna do it

tbh bar depeche mode, who we probably are just gonna get in 2019 as I reckon Arctic Monkeys and Sam smith are surely in the frame for 2019

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17 minutes ago, Matt42 said:

I reckon Arctic Monkeys, Depeche Mode and Taylor Swift

also think we could of got sam smith if taylor didn’t wanna do it

tbh bar depeche mode, who we probably are just gonna get in 2019 as I reckon Arctic Monkeys and Sam smith are surely in the frame for 2019

Yeah, it seems like Sam Smith is touring Stateside for most of the summer incl. late June so I think he's planning a romp around the European festivals the year after anyway. Doing it in 2018 woulda worked better tho - I'm not sure he'll stir up any more excitement in eighteen months' time.

I don't think Depeche Mode nor Taylor Swift particularly want to headline Glastonbury anyway because of the fee. (edit: that's an assumption on Taylor Swift, just to be clear)

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Is Sam Smith really on a par with Adele and Ed for headline status? Or have we been spoilt with top names irrespective of your thoughts on they're music. 

Would think Arctics depending on when new album due, would love depeche mode or cure. Billy Idol on the undercard would've made me happy.

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I'm not sure what's more dispiriting:  there being no festival next year, or the list of potential headliners that could have appeared. 

Maybe Sam Smith's really great, I dunno. 

 

Bah, humbug, etc and so forth. 

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34 minutes ago, slash's hat said:

Is Sam Smith really on a par with Adele and Ed for headline status? Or have we been spoilt with top names irrespective of your thoughts on they're music. 

No, but neither are 90% of acts who headline Glasto.

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I reckon Sam Smith touring stateside during Glastonbury time is more because Glastonbury isn’t on rather than him being unavailable. If the fest was on I highly doubt he’d double book himself.  Probably would have a brief gap to come back for it anyway.

I think that’s a fact for many artists as quite a lot of them plan their tour dates around glastonbury in hope they’d get asked to play.

@dentalplan fair point about the mode, maybe U2 in their place?

I also am in the boat that if Taylor Swift was lined up to do Glasto she’d probably do it now. Too many people in her very close circles that would inform her that it’s a good idea. Plus Ed headlining in 2017 would definitely grab her attention.

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2 hours ago, SomeoneListeningIn said:

Beyoncé coulda been a shout too 

Hoping she still is for 2019. She's my all-time ultimate dream headliner.

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??The Killers? They're playing Isle of Wight one day and the Liberty Stadium on Saturday 23rd. So I guess Glasto would have worked well on the Friday or Sunday, depending on which night they're playing IoW?

Having said that - I still fancy they'll headline 2019.

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Just thrown this together quickly, reckon it could've looked something along these lines:

Friday

Pyr: Taylor Swift // Chvrches // The Specials // David Byrne // ?? // Dave
Oth: Nine Inch Nails // Catfish & the Bottlemen // Wolf Alice // Cage the Elephant
WH: Santana
JP: The Vaccines

 

Saturday

Pyr: Arctic Monkeys // Queens of the Stone Age // Van Morrison // Dua Lipa // The War on Drugs // Declan McKenna
Oth: Bjork // N.E.R.D // Friendly Fires
WH: Schoolboy Q
JP: Yeah Yeah Yeahs // St. Vincent // The Horrors

 

Sunday

Pyr: U2 // Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds // ?? // Billy Idol // ?? // Alvvays
Oth: Bastille
WH: Orbital
JP: Jungle // ?? // Sampha
Par: King Krule

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10 hours ago, SomeoneListeningIn said:

Isn't she doing the lion king in 2019?

Beyoncé/Elton co-headliner...

@CaledonianGonzo is getting his meerkat costume ready as we speak.

Clapton would have been the obvious shout for the legend slot next year.

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