The rumours are true; Radiohead have been the first confirmed headliners of Glastonbury 2017.
There was speculation that the rock band from America would be headlining the festival at Worthy Farm next year, after the eFestivals website had Radiohead down as “to be confirmed” in its list of potential Glastonbury performers last week, with the Stone Roses and Daft Punk both “strongly rumoured”. The announcement was made through a symbol created on the grass at the site, leaving fans already knowing what was about to happen.
First spotted through a BBC webcam, the logo turned out to be the band’s ‘angry bear’ symbol that dates back to the Kid A album.
The performance will mark the band’s first UK festival appearance in over half-a-decade.
“I’ve grown up with Radiohead and they’re about as good as it gets for me,” organiser Emily Eavis told the BBC. “They’re just in a league of their own aren’t they? Some of my happiest memories at the festival have been watching them play, from headlining in the rain 20 years ago when I was a teenager, to surprise sets in The Park and DJ’ing late night in Shangri-La. We are beyond excited that they’re finally coming back to the Pyramid, it’s incredibly special for everyone here.”
This marks 20 years since they first topped the bill at the Pyramid Stage with their 1997 performance off the back of the runaway success of OK Computer. They last headlined in 2003, and have played ‘secret shows’ at the festival several times since.
It comes as tickets for next year’s festival sold out in just 50 minutes. More than 2 million people tried to get the £238 tickets, with only 135,000 available for the world-famous event.
The festival will not be going ahead in 2018, according to organisers.