Fri 2 Dec 2022

Elton John to Headline Glastonbury Festival 2023 and a Look Back at Previous Headliners…


Glastonbury Festival 2023 is set to take place from Wednesday 21st to Sunday 25th June 2023 at Worth Farm, Somerset.

With everyone anticipating the 2023 Glastonbury line-up, we took a look at who has already been announced and the headliners from the past 10 years…


2023 – Elton John

Music icon, Sir Elton John has recently been announced as Glastonbury’s Sunday headline act.

The performance is said to be Elton’s last show of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour after 52 years on the road. With huge hits such as ‘Your Song’, ‘Rocket Man’ and ‘I’m Still Standing’, Elton is sure to be performing his very best on this final date.


2022 – Billie Eilish, Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar

2022’s lineup followed on from the promised 2020 line-up that was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Glastonbury Festival had not ran in person since 2019, making 2022’s festival a highly anticipated one.

Breaking records on the first night of performances, Billie Eilish became the youngest ever solo performer to ever headline the festival.

Saturday night saw Sir Paul McCartney play to a crowd of over 100,000. Paul brought out Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen to perform with him on the Pyramid Stage.

Hailed as one of the top rappers in the Hip-Hop scene, Kendrick Lamar closed the Pyramid Stage at 2022’s Glastonbury Festival.


2019 – Stormzy, The Killers and The Cure

The Friday night saw an iconic performance from grime rapper Stormzy, dressed in an original Banksy stab-proof vest, and becoming the first solo British black man to headline the festival.

The Killers performed their headline set on the Saturday night playing their hits ‘Mr Brightside’ and ‘Somebody Told Me’. Their set was also reported to be the loudest in festival history reaching 106 decibels.

The Cure closed the festival on the Sunday, making it their fourth appearance at Glastonbury, having previously performed in 1986, 1990 and 1995.


2018 – No Festival


2017 – Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran

Radiohead took to the stage on the Friday night, their sixth performance at the festival. The band’s 1997 Pyramid Stage performance is still ranked as the greatest Glastonbury headline performance of all time.

2017’s Saturday Night saw the Foo Fighters set, performing hits ‘Everlong’, ‘Times Like These’ and ‘Something From Nothing’.

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran played Sunday night’s closing show impressing the crowd with his guitar loop station as he performed solo.


2016 – Muse, Adele and Coldplay


Ending the first night on the Pyramid Stage in 2016 were rock band Muse. Opening their set with ‘Psycho’ and ending the Friday night with ‘Knights of Cydonia’.

2016’s Saturday night ended with singer-songwriter Adele performing her most popular songs from her albums 19, 21 and 25, as well as the Academy Award winning James Bond theme ‘Skyfall’.

Coldplay performed their 4th headline Glastonbury set on the Sunday night, ending 2016’s Glastonbury festival.


2015 – Florence and The Machine, Kanye West and The Who

Florence and The Machine kicked off the headline slot in 2015, replacing the Foo Fighters as they cancelled due to Dave Grohl breaking his leg. Florence and The Machine however did not disappoint playing an incredible set, and even covering Foo Fighter’s ‘Time’s Like These’.

Saturday night saw Kanye West perform his 2015 set. He opened with his hit ‘Stronger’ and his final encore was ‘All Falls Down’ from his 2004 album College Dropout.

After a last minute change replacing Prince, The Who took closed 2015’s Glastonbury Festival. Pete Townshend took to the stage alongside Roger Daltrey to play hits from their catalogue.


2014 – Arcade Fire, Metallica and Kasabian

Indie-rock band, Arcade Fire kicked off Glastonbury Festival in 2014. The group performed their hits ‘Wake Up’ and ‘The Suburbs’.

Metallica performed their set on the Saturday night with highlights including ‘One’, ‘Cyanide’ and an extended version of ‘Master Of Puppets’. The four-piece were the first metal band to headline since 1970.

Sunday night saw rock-band Kasabian ending the festival on a high. With a 4- song encore, the band ended their set with ‘L.S.F’.


2013 – Arctic Monkeys, Rolling Stones and Mumford and Sons

Arctic Monkeys headlined the Friday Pyramid Stage in 2013, this was their second headline slot performing previously in 2007.

The Rolling Stones performed an unbelievable set on the Saturday beginning their set with ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ and ending with ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction)’.

Folk- rock band Mumford and Sons wrapped up Glastonbury Festival 2013 with their performance on the Sunday. Their last song was a Beatles cover of ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ featuring artists First Aid Kit, The Vaccines, The Staves and Vampire Weekend.