The Guardian reports today that Foo Fighters will be headlining Glastonbury Festival 2017. Dave Grohl and co will take their place alongside fellow headliners Radiohead as the final acts to play on the Pyramid Stage on the Saturday of the festival weekend, which runs from June 21-25.
The announcement comes after a prolonged period of rumour, with many expecting the Foos to announce their involvement for quite some time, especially when they had to pull out of headlining Glastonbury in 2015, following frontman Dave Grohl breaking his leg onstage.
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Speaking to NME in 2016, Foos drummer Taylor Hawkins spoke of a regret about the cancellation in 2015, but even hinting at that early stage that the band were itching to return to Worthy Farm as soon as they could.
“It was a bummer when we had to pull out the other year. It was a bummer all round. I mean, Dave almost pulverized his entire fucking leg – and missing Glastonbury was part of that bummer.
“We were excited to get out there and do our march through Wembley then Glastonbury headlining. We were set to pop, we were set to go and then Dave broke his leg like that it was a kick in the fucking nuts. But like Dave said, ‘we will go on, even if I have to sit in this throne I have in my mind’. We were all like ‘that’s crazy – it’s crazy to think anyone’s going to want to see you sitting in a throne’, and we did, and they were some of the best shows we ever played.
Hawkins added: “The last thing Dave ever wants is to cancel a show, but we made lemonade. We got lemons and made lemonade. Maybe we’ll get to do Glastonbury again, I don’t know, like I said, I’m the last to know.”
As well as Foo Fighters and Radiohead, also confirmed to be playing the festival are grime supremo Wiley, as well as the Avalanches, and country legend Kris Kristofferson. As far as the talk of the third headliner goes, current favourites are Ed Sheeran and Depeche Mode.