Could The Strokes play at Glastonbury this year?

23rd January 2019 Off By

The Strokes are rumoured to appear at Glastonbury 2019 after Nick Grimshaw made the claim twice on his BBC Radio 1 drivetime show.

The radio DJ said on January 10th that he had been told: “a vicious rumour that The Strokes are playing Glastonbury this year”.

He had already told listeners that the band were rumoured on the show the day before.

Sky Bet currently offer odds of 5/6 on The Strokes headlining, making them the bookmakers third favourite.

The Strokes are currently set to play their first gig in over two years at Spanish festival Bilbao BBK Live on 12-14th July, two weeks later than Glastonbury.

However, a representative of the band told NME back in December that more European festival dates would be added to their ‘global comeback’ in the coming weeks and months.

Neil Greenway, editor of eFestivals, said on the website’s forums that: “The fact Grim Nickshaw has mentioned it twice is suggesting to me that Nick thinks it’s definitely true, because he knows what that source is involved with.”

“The problem, tho, [sic] is that even exceedingly well-placed sources have it wrong sometimes. If I worked by the placing of my sources for Macca and The Cure it would be impossible for them to be wrong – and yet my time sat here has made me realise that I can never ever trust what I’m told is actually accurate.”

Paul McCartney was one of the favourites to headline this year’s Glastonbury, with some speculating that the former Beatle was already booked.

However, the likelihood of Macca performing has been looking slim since he announced a Las Vegas gig on the Saturday of the festival.

The only headline act confirmed so far is Stormzy, who was announced back in November after being rumoured as early as August.

Kylie Minogue and Janelle Monae have been confirmed to play at the festival, whilst Mike Skinner of The Streets has ‘self-confirmed’ that he’ll be performing a DJ set at The Rum Shack.

Tame Impala and Foals have also been rumoured in recent weeks, meanwhile, organiser Emily Eavis has revealed that Block 9 will be expanded and that a totally new area will appear near The Park.

Those lucky enough to secure tickets back in October will be waiting eagerly for remaining headliners to be announced.

Stay up to date with the very latest Glastonbury 2019 line-up on this page, updated daily as artists self-confirm.

Main image credit: Roger Woolman