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Radiohead and Glastonbury Festival Myths and Legends

Is it too early to begin talking about Glastonbury Festival 2017? The tickets have sold out, so why not let the rumours begin? As soon as one festival ends, the headline conversations begin regarding who will take the top slot the following year.

Such speculation has given rise to the many myths and legends that accompanied Glastonbury since its inception in 1970 .

Bristol-based freelance writer, editor and lecturer, Marc Leverton, a seasoned festival-goer and rumour-gatherer, has collected some of the more preposterous tales from over the years in his Tangent publication, Glastonbury Festival Myths and Legends The tales include the time that the press tent rushed en masse to witness the Wu Tang Clan perform with Morrissey (they didn’t9781906477868), or when Suzanne Vega wore a bulletproof vest in defiance of a death threat.

Radiohead having been confirmed as the first Glastonbury 2017 headliner may seem uncontroversial, but this scenario hasn’t always been the case. For example, in Myths & Legends, Marc tells of the time that New Order were favoured over hippy legends, Hawkwind. Displeased with the choice of headline act, a group of bikers decided to ride through the audience to the front of the stage and revved their bikes throughout the terrified Mancunian’s entire set.

From the organised chaos that is Shangri-La and the travellers field that preceded it, to the weird and wonderful riders of the festivals headliners, Marc covers the rumours that have circulated over the decades such as the one about the guy who parachuted into the festival… or did he?

Emily Eavis has been quoted stating that “90% of the acts have been booked, with two years’ worth of music crammed into one to make up for 2018’s fallow year”. So with Radiohead confirmed as the headline act for the Friday night, who will take the Saturday and Sunday slots? Here’s the NME’s predictions for some the possible contenders:

  • Guns N’ Roses 4/6
  • Kasabian 6/4
  • The Stone Roses 4/1
  • Ed Sheeran 4/1
  • Foo Fighters 5/4
  • Rhianna 6/1
  • Lady Gaga 16/1
  • Gorillaz 9/1
  • Daft Punk 9/1

David Williams

David is currently a full-time student at UWE studying English with Writing. He's using his time here to help create blog posts of interest to discerning punters, as well as honing his writing skills. Not sure what the future holds, so long as it involves words.


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