Jeff Lynne’s ELO has been announced as the first confirmed act to play Glastonbury 2016, taking their place at the Pyramid stage during the ‘Legends’ slot.
The late Sunday afternoon slot has come to be known as the ‘Legends’ slot for the iconic acts booked for it: Lionel Ritchie (who was counted among the best acts last year), Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton (who brought in the festivals biggest crowds ever in 2014), to name a few.
ELO, known then as Electric Light Orchestra, was formed in 1970 by Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood. The band wrote eighteen years of hits, including “Mr. Blue Sky”, “Sweet Talkin’ Woman” and “Strange Magic”, before disbanding in 1988. Jeff Lynne resurrected the band briefly in 2001, but poor ticket sales led to the tour being cancelled. In 2013 however, a campaign lead by Radio 2’s Chris Evans resulted in Jeff Lynne reforming the band as Jeff Lynne’s ELO and playing a very warmly received Hyde Park show.
ELO are only the first act to be announced, with the rumor mill spinning frantically in typical pre-Glastonbury fashion. With Coldplay, Adele and Muse being strongly rumoured for the headline slots, there is also a good chance Radiohead might turn up, seeing as though they have a new album that may be closer than we know. What is certain though, is that Emily Eavis has promised more female acts this year.