Glastonbury 2020: Lana Del Rey confirmed for Pyramid Stage

 Glastonbury 2020: Lana Del Rey confirmed for Pyramid Stage

Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis has announced on Instagram that Lana Del Rey will be playing on the Pyramid Stage at the festival’s 50th-anniversary this summer.

The American singer-songwriter previously appeared at the festival in 2014 and joins Taylor Swift, Diana Ross and Paul McCartney on the main stage line-up.

Rumours surfaced today suggesting the stage will have an all-female or non-binary line-up on the Sunday, but these were quashed by a Glastonbury spokesperson, who told Bristol Live: “there are no plans for Sunday’s Pyramid line-up to be entirely made up of female acts.”

A BBC News article published early this morning let slip: “Lana Del Ray and Diana Ross are other female acts who’ve already been announced” – hours ahead of the official announcement.

BBC News Glastonbury Lana-Del-Ray
An excerpt from a BBC News article

Guns N’ Roses last month announced plans for a gig in Glasgow on the Thursday of Glastonbury, with fans hoping it could be a sign the band are set to appear at the festival’s 50th-anniversary.

There’s also a Glastonbury-shaped gap in the My Chemical Romance tour dates announced a few weeks back, boosting hopes the band could appear at the festival. The rumour mill had already kicked into gear when MCR revealed their UK comeback gigs would take place just days before Glastonbury.

Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift were confirmed as the Pyramid Stage headliners for Saturday and Sunday before Christmas. Ahead of the announcements, Taylor Swift was the bookmakers’ favourite headliner while The 1975 were considered fourth most likely by Sky Bet.

In addition to Paul McCartney, Wolf Alice and Diana Ross are the only other artists officially confirmed for the festival’s line-up, though Mike Skinner and Carl Cox have ‘self-confirmed’.

Aerosmith appear to have self-confirmed by mistake in an email newsletter sent out to fans. Supergrass are strongly-rumoured after reforming in September to perform at Pilton Party, a ‘thank-you’ event for the local community organised by Glastonbury.

Glastonbury Pyramid Stage crowd

The 1975 named “headlining Glastonbury” as their ambition while featuring on Radio 1’s Future Sounds with Annie Mac recently, but said they’re “busy this year”, fuelling rumours the Cheshire band could appear in 2021.

The Pet Shop Boys have responded to rumours they’re set to appear on the line-up at Glastonbury’s 50th-anniversary this summer in an interview with the Guardian.

Glastonbury 50, the book commemorating the festival’s 50th-anniversary, was named as a ‘Book of the Year’ by The Times for 2019. It previously ranked third in the Sunday Times Bestseller List for hardback non-fiction books.

The book is authored by organisers Michael and Emily Eavis and contains hundreds of photos from the festival and celebrity contributions.

In an alternative chart released by Amazon, Glastonbury 50 placed 10th among all non-fiction books after its first week of sales. The book had recently sold out in some stores, but festival organisers confirmed today the second print run had now arrived and all stores should be restocked soon, if not already.

Glastonbury’s 50th-anniversary will take place at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset from Wednesday 24th to Sunday 28th June 2020.

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Image credits:
Lana Del Ray: Harmony Gerber / CC BY-SA 2.0
Glasto: Anna Barclay
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