Metallica to be lords of summer at Glastonbury Festival

plus stage splits announced

By Scott Williams | Published: Fri 9th May 2014


Wednesday 25th to Sunday 29th June 2014
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Last updated: Wed 17th Sep 2014

Californian heavy metallers Metallica will be the Saturday night headliners at next month's Glastonbury Festival, just as we've had to be confirmed on our rumours page for more than the last month.

Metallica debuted a new song titled 'The Lords of Summer' a couple of month's ago at a concert in Bogota, Columbia, and it looks like they're set to become the lords of summer at Somerset this year.

Some festival goers may not know any of the American rockers' songs like 'Enter Sandman', 'Fade To Black', 'For Whom The Bell Tolls', 'I Disappear', 'One', and 'Nothing Else Matters', but you can be sure they've heard the name of the metal act who formed in 1981, grew to become a household name, and have become the 7th biggest selling act in American history. No longer can people say that the Festival shies away from certain hard rock genres, for they'll be putting the biggest in the business at  the top of the bill.

This departure from the more normal expected mainstream acts at the top of the bill means that for the first time since Glastonbury last stepped outside the norm with rapper Jay-Z this headlining name has got a lot of people talking.

There is such a vibe at Glastonbury…when we finally got that call to visit Worthy Farm, we just had to reply with a resounding “YES!””

So finally the truth is out there - Metallica will mark their first ever appearance at Glastonbury Festival by headlining the Pyramid Stage on Saturday night. They join previously announced headliners Arcade Fire, who play on the Friday, and Kasabian, who close the show on Sunday night. 

The English National Ballet will be making their Glastonbury debut; opening the Pyramid Stage on Sunday morning with their performance of Akram Khan’s First World War themed ‘Dust’.

Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band will also make their Glastonbury debut on The Park Stage, playing between the newly announced St Vincent and headliner James Blake on Sunday evening

In other news, HAIM, Bombay Bicycle Club and The Horrors have been added to the Other Stage line up.The London Sinfonietta & Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead), headliners M.I.A., Bryan Ferry, and Disclosure, plus The Stepkids and Deltron 3030 are amongst the names added to the West Holts bill.

Away from the main stages, they have announced the debut of Arcadia's Mechanical Playground (now on the west side of the site), the launch of The Spike (a new wooded area in The Glade) and the unveiling of a brand new nightly show from the Mutoid Waste Company, A Kiss On The Apocalypse. The South East corner will continue to provide nightly revelry in Shangri La, The Common and The Unfairground. A newly commissioned Birdsong Symphony, recorded at dawn at Worthy Farm and mixed at Abbey Road studios in London, will also debut at the Festival this year.

Full area by area line ups will be posted over the coming weeks; the full stage by stage running order will be published two weeks before the Festival. The Stage line-up announced so far are:

Pyramid Stage: Arcade Fire, Metallica, Kasabian, Dolly Parton, Jack White, Elbow, The Black Keys, Robert Plant, Lily Allen, Ed Sheeran, Lana Del Rey, Rudimental, De La Soul, Kelis, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, The 1975, Angel Haze, Toumani & Sidiki Diabate, The War on Drugs, Nitin Sawhney, Nick Mulvey, Caro Emerald, Turtle Island, and English National Ballet.

The Other Stage line-up will see Skrillex, Jake Bugg, and Massive Attack, top a bill featuring Paolo Nutini, Pixies, Manic Street Preachers, Interpol, Ellie Goulding, HAIM, Bombay Bicycle Club, Foster the People, Imagine Dragons, Blondie, White Lies, Kodaline, Warpaint, The Horrors, John Newman, Midlake, and Sam Smith

Headlining West Holts Stage are M.I.A., Bryan Ferry, and Disclosure, plus Jurassic 5, Goldfrapp, Bonobo, tUne-yArDs, Seun Kuti and Fela's Egypt 80, The Wailers, Daptone Super Soul Review, Sun Ra Arkestra, Vintage Trouble, The London Sinfonietta & Jonny Greenwood, Deltron 3030, Public Service Broadcasting, The Internet, The Stepkids, Lee Thompson's Ska Orchestra, John Wizards, Troker, and Melt Yourself Down.

The Park is headlined by Metronomy, Mogwai, and James Blake, plus Four Tet, John Grant, St VincentYoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band, ESG, Danny Brown, Anna Calvi, Parquet Courts, Phosphorescent, The 2 Bears, Jagwar Ma, Connan Mockasin, Jimi Goodwin, Courtney Barnett, Nina Persson, Juana Molina, Cate Le Bon, Thunderbirds Are Go, Don Cavalli, Lau, Young Fathers, Bipolar Sunshine, and Vance Joy.

At John Peel Stage Kaiser Chiefs, MGMT, and London Grammar, lead Lykke Li, Chvrches, Wild Beasts, Chromeo, Crystal Fighters, Little Dragon, Chance the Rapper, Clean Bandit, Royal Blood, Polica, Temples, Jungle, Wolf Alice, Fat White Family, Hozier, Drenge, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Bleachers, Dry The River, and George Ezra.

The Acoustic Stage will host Dexys, Suzanne Vega, Tinariwen, Nick Lowe, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, Alison Moyet, Kacey Musgraves, The Fisherman's Friends, Rainy Boy Sleep, John Illsley & Band, Clannad, and Thea Gilmore.

The Silver Hayes dance area will be home to Fatboy Slim, Richie Hawtin, Annie Mac, Above & Beyond, Ella Eyre, Toddla T, Ben Klock, Marcel Dettmann, Maya Jane Coles, Loco Dice, Maxi Priest, Go Chic, Skip & Die, Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Tokimonsta, Stromae, Parov Stelar, Bomba Estereo, Kiesza, Bernhoft, The Beat, Myron + E, and Congo Natty & Tenor Fly.

The line-up for the Avalon Stage is Beth Orton, Emiliana Torrini, Gabrielle Aplin, Hazel O'Connor, Hudson Taylor, Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit, Jonny Lang, Larkin Poe, Marika Hackman, Michael Kiwanuka, Newton Faulkner, North Mississippi Allstars, Peatbog Faeries, Skinny Lister, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and The Selecter.

As Previously announced the Theatre & Circus Fields will showcase Briefs: The Second Coming , plus The Monster Sideshow, Circus Kathmandu, Leo & Yam, Le Navet Bete, Dot Comedy, John Hegley, The Fugitives, Marcus Brigstocke, Josh Widdicombe, Robin Ince, Josie Long, Michael Rosen, Lee Nelson, Phill Jupitus, The Cuban Brothers, and Stephen Frost's Improv Allstars.

The Glade area returns this year and will feature Pretty Lights, Gong, Alabama 3, Stanton Warriors, Dub Pistols, Dreadzone, Jon Hopkins, Dinos Chapman, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Mad Professor ft General Levy, Alexis Taylor, MachineDrum, and Nihal,

Mixing pop and politics with host Billy Bragg. Leftfield celebrates tent year on site this year, and will pay tribute to Festival regular Tony Benn who died earlier this year, plus Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, and Anti-flag.

 While in The Kidz Field will be What The Lady Bird Heard, Dr Seuss's Cat In The Hat, CBeebies Stage Extravaganza, Chicken Licken, Billy's Birthday Bash, Mr Yipadee, Rhyming Rockets, and Panic Circus, with many more to be announced.

Other areas and attractions include Arcadia with the glastonbury Landing Show, Mechanical Playground, and Finale. Block9, returns along with Genosys, The London Undergound, NYC Downlow, Downlow Radio. Hosting the tomato and pain fights will be The Common with The Rumshack, The Cave, The Temple, and The Totem Gardens. Shangri-La offers a host of new additions THE CPU, The Department of Future Selfies, Hell Mary's, Plutos PR Dept, and the Temple Of Oil. Baz's Acid House will be back in The Unfairground   as will Acid Lounge, ans Salon Carousel.

Plus A Kiss on the Apocalypse, Babylon Uprising, The Bandstand, Birdsong Symphony, Croissant Neuf, Field Of Avalon, Free University of Glastonbury, Glasto Latino, Glastonbury free POress, Green Fields, Green Futures, Greenpeace, Healing Field, Pilton Palais, The Spike, Strummerville, William's Green.

There are still many more acts to be confirmed for the Festival, with much of the line-up still underwraps for the many smaller stages Keep your eyes on our Glastonbury Festival 2014 line-up page for the full list of confirmed acts (as announced) plus rumours of who might be appearing.

Tickets have sold out for this year's Festival which happens over five full days from  Wednesday 25th until Sunday 29th June 2014 across over a 1,000 acres of beautiful countryside at Worthy Farm, Somerset .

Tomorrow is the last day to be able to claim a refund for your tickets. This can be done at or by calling See Tickets on 0844 412 4626 before 11.59pm on May 9th 2014.

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