It has been 12 years since the The Killers last headlined Glastonbury festival, which went down in Glasto history as a bit of a disaster, and left fans and fezzy go-ers feeling deflated. This year they return with a Saturday headline slot on the renowned Pyramid Stage, planning to right the wrongs from their 2007 ‘hiccup’.
It is safe to say that this years Glasto has spirits soaring after the gap Worthy Farm decided to take in their running of the festival; the headliners are more anticipated than ever, and the sun has got thousands of people in extremely high spirits. The Killers plan to take full advantage of their return, and prove to Glasto that they are more than their previous headline set.
Way back then, The Killers lost the battle with technology whilst performing. Brand new sound restrictions had them dazed and confused when their levels seemed exceedingly low as they lost the normally booming energy of the crowd. Frontman Brandon Flowers speaks about this in an interview with NME, “I can feel it physically and I can tell when the volume is not where it should be, because I really thrive on it”.
Flowers is one of the few remaining artists who does not use earpieces during sets, so he can hear the crowd as anybody else would be able to. Due to the unbeknown sound issues, anybody beyond the first twenty rows from the stage was left feeling underwhelmed, after having anticipated a usual blistering and electric Killers set.
Brandon went on to tell NME that he “always wanted to go back. I feel like we’re ready”. Despite only having being half the band they were back in 2007 (two members have retired from touring with the band), The Killers plan to put poetry back in motion, and rightfully reclaim their reputation in rock and roll headliners.
The band have came a very long way since their first ever appearance at Worthy Farm, when they took ‘Mr Brightside’ to the Jon Peel stage with the hope of creating the career that they can now say with pride that they have paved for themselves. After years of providing fans with anthem after anthem, they finally have their well deserved chance to Glastonbury 2019. We wish them luck here at MXDWN!