The rumour mill went into nuclear meltdown earlier this week, when the band’s iconic bear logo appeared spray-painted on the lawns of Worthy Farm, the ancestral home of the massive UK festival.
And Thom Yorke et. al. have since dispelled any remaining doubts, posting an image of the grassed-up logo on Instagram, along with a caption that reads: “Friday 23 June 2017 – Glastonbury Festival.”
The influential band will make their fourth ever appearance at the event in 2017, to fill the coveted Friday night Pyramid Stage headlining slot, after playing the fest back in 1995, headlining in 1997 and 2003, and serving as special surprise guests in 2011.
But while it’s all systems go for Radiohead at Glasto, some other hotly rumoured acts for next year’s event have just been ruled out.
“There’s no more [headliner] announcements now for a while, but I will tell you the other two that have been rumoured aren’t happening,” Eavis tells NME. “There was a news story that said Daft Punk and Stone Roses. That’s not true. I don’t know where that came from.”
Daft Punk are rumoured to be embarking on a world tour in 2017, with speculation rife that a Glasto slot could figure into their plans, but it seems that’s now not to be.
Meanwhile, other top contenders for the two remaining headlining slots at Glastonbury 2017 — including Guns ‘N Roses, Kasabian and Ed Sheeran — have not been ruled out by Eavis.
“Other rumours can roll and that’s fine. Pretty much everyone is rumoured every year. That’s great, but everybody was keen to get [Radiohead] out and let people know as this was such a big one,” she says, adding that next year’s lineup is about 90 per cent finalised.
“It always seems to get earlier and earlier, but I think because we’re having a year off in ’18, we’re cramming two years of music into next year. We’re quite far down the line. It’s looking so good. We’re certainly all there with all of our headliners across all stages.”
She’s also confirmed that punters can expect more lineup announcements coming our way early next year.
“The last couple of years we’ve announced things in May, but I’m sure there’ll be something early next year to keep people in the loop,” she says.
Glastonbury 2017 will return to Somerset’s Worthy Farm from 21st-25th June. Best start saving now.
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