Fans furious as Glastonbury 2023 line-up is REVEALED

Fans furious as Glastonbury 2023 line-up is REVEALED


Glastonbury’s Emily Eavis defends ‘boring white all-male line-up’ after fans slam decision to make Arctic Monkeys, Guns ‘N Roses and Elton John headline acts

Glastonbury Festival organiser Emily Eavis has spoken out in defence of the ‘boring’ line-up of all male acts after Arctic Monkeys and Guns N’ Roses were announced as the final two headliners, joining Sir Elton John at the top of the bill. 

The line-up was announced on Friday and includes Lizzo, Lewis Capaldi, The War On Drugs, Christine And The Queens, Thundercat, Lil Nas X, Lana Del Rey, Carly Rae Jepsen and Manic Street Preachers. 

Yet fans were quick to remark at the lack of female talent booked.

Out of the 30 headline acts announced since 2010 only four have been women – Beyonce, Adele, Billie Eilish, Florence and the Machine – with Emily claiming it’s due to a ‘problem in the pipeline.’ 

She told The Guardian: ‘We’re trying our best so the pipeline needs to be developed. This starts way back with the record companies, radio. I can shout as loud as I like but we need to get everyone on board.’ 

Full line-up: Arctic Monkeys and Guns N’ Roses have been announced as Glastonbury’s final two headliners, joining Sir Elton John at the top of the bill

Speaking out: Out of the 30 headline acts announced since 2010 only four have been women – with Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis claiming it’s due to a ‘problem in the pipeline’

She added that they remain ‘entirely focused on balancing our bill. It’s not just about gender, it’s about every aspect of diversity.’ 

Emily went on to commit to having two female headliners next year and said Lizzo – who will perform just before Guns N’ Roses – would have been booked to headline this year but the positions had already been locked in by the male acts. 

Yet fans were unimpressed, taking to Twitter to share: ‘@glastonbury do better!!! All male headliners? You can’t even blame lack of talent, there is a overwhelming WEALTH of amazing women to choose from’;   

‘Always brilliant but that’s not the best line up. Elton should be Saturday night. Would be great to see ACDC headline one year. Eminem. Madonna. Phil Collins for the legend slot.’; ‘Absolutely shocking compared to other years’;

‘@glastonbury @ArcticMonkeys and @gunsnroses Worst Glastonbury line up in years if ever’; ‘Situations like this year’s Glastonbury lineup are a direct symptom of industry failures to support female artists from the ground up. Getting them on the smaller stages, on radio, at live venues.’

‘No guys you don’t understand, Glastonbury HAD to book Guns N Roses to headline a festival in 2023 because there are simply no women whatsoever in music’; ‘During Women’s History Month, Glastonbury Festival announced an all-male headline bill. In 2023. Tell me why we don’t need this month one more time.’;

‘Stormzy wasn’t at big festival headliner status when he did Glastonbury and look what he did with the platform. Seems unusually backwards to not allow that same opportunity to literally any women.’; ‘Just a bit boring’;

‘During Women’s History Month, Glastonbury Festival announced an all-male headline bill. In 2023. Tell me why we don’t need this month one more time.’ 

Line-up: Arctic Monkeys (pictured in 2019) and Guns N’ Roses have been announced as Glastonbury’s final two headliners, joining Sir Elton John at the top of the bill

New act: Guns N’ Roses will make their Worthy Farm debut on Saturday, June 24 (Singer Axl Rose (L) and guitarist Slash pictured) 

Star-studded: It comes after it was previously announced that Sir Elton John will be bringing the event to a close, headlining the Pyramid Stage on the Sunday night

Elsewhere in the interview, Emily revealed that the John Peel Stage has been renamed after almost 20 years.

It comes after historical sexual abuse claims against the late BBC Radio One DJ came to light – sparking a petition last summer for the festival to take action. A woman named Jane Nevin, claimed in 2012 she became pregnant by Peel during a three-month affair when she was a 15-year-old schoolgirl in 1969. 

The John Peel Stage, which replaced the previous named New Bands Tent in 2005, will now be called Woodsies – though was adamant it wasn’t in response to the petition or allegations.

She said the decision was part of a push to name stages after the fields they stand in, such as West Holts and Silver Hayes.

Arctic Monkeys, formed of Alex Turner, Jamie Cook, Nick O’Malley, and Matt Helders, will headline the Pyramid Stage for the third time in their career on Friday, June 23.

The following day Sweet Child O’ Mine rockers Guns N’ Roses will make their Worthy Farm debut.

They join previously confirmed Sunday night headliner, Sir Elton, who will close out the music extravaganza in Somerset, South West England, on June 25.

The Rocket Man singer’s performance will mark the final UK show on his record breaking Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.

Elton had previously announced a final show in 2019 after vowing to never tour again, however, he’s since done a U-turn and has taken to the road again after having a ‘restful break at home’ – with his current tour now being his last. 

Speaking of the announcement, Elton said: ‘I couldn’t be more excited to be headlining the Pyramid Stage. 

‘As the end of my Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour comes into view, there is no more fitting way to say goodbye to my British fans. They have been beyond brilliant, and have supported me through all the highs and lows of my career.

‘Every week I speak to new artists on my radio show and Glastonbury is often cited as a pivotal moment in launching their careers – the festival’s genuine, enthusiastic support for the best emerging talent is something I’ve long admired. 

‘I’ve been talking to Emily Eavis about it over the last few weeks and I can’t wait to embrace the spirit of the greatest festival in the world. It’s going to be incredibly emotional.’ 

Not impressed: Glastonbury Festival has come under fire for its ‘boring’ line-up of all male acts

Meanwhile, Blondie drummer Clem Burke recently confirmed that the band will be performing at the festival. 

Speaking to Foxy Radio, he revealed that after their gig in Crystal Palace Park with Iggy Pop on July 1, the band are going to be playing other festivals.

Clem said: ‘We’re also doing Isle of Wight Festival and some other festivals… I guess the full list of artists to be playing Glastonbury hasn’t really been announced yet… but we are going to be playing Glastonbury, so maybe you’ve got an exclusive there.’

Blondie, which were founded by Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein, last performed at Glastonbury in 2014 on the Other Stage and belted out their hits on the Pyramid Stage in 1999. 

Last year’s Glastonbury headliners were Billie Eilish, Sir Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar.

While there is excitement for the upcoming festival, music fans have blasted Glastonbury organisers for pricing out ‘ordinary people’ and making it a festival ‘exclusively for the wealthy’ after ticket prices for 2023 rose by nearly 20 per cent to £340.

Standard tickets cost £335 plus a £5 booking fee, with £50 as a deposit and the balance due by the first week of April.

The last time tickets went on general sale was in 2019, when they cost £280 plus a £5 booking fee for what should have been the 2020 festival, but it was subsequently cancelled for two years due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The criticism forced the festival’s organiser Emily to defend the price hike, putting it down to ‘incredibly challenging times’.

Wow: Blondie drummer Clem Burke confirmed that the band is heading to Glastonbury 2023 (L-R Tommy Kessler, Matt Katz-Bohen, Clem, Debbie Harry, Chris Stein and Leigh Foxx)

She said: ‘We have tried very hard to minimise the increase in price on the ticket but we’re facing enormous rises in the costs of running this vast show, whilst still recovering from the huge financial impact of two years without a festival because of Covid.

‘The £50 deposit on ticket sales day in November will be the same as ever, with the balance not due until April.

‘And, as always, there will be opportunities for many thousands of people to come as volunteers or as part of the crew.

‘In these incredibly challenging times, we want to continue to bring you the best show in the world and provide our charities with funds which are more vital than ever. We are, as always, hugely appreciative of your ongoing support.’

Glastonbury Festival headliners over the years


Performer: Billie Eilish took to the stage last year

Billie Eilish, Sir Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar

2021 (cancelled due to Covid 19)

Coldplay, Haim and Damon Albarn

2020 (cancelled due to Covid 19)

Kendrick Lamar, Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift


Stormzy, The Killers , The Cure and Kylie Minogue 

There he is: Paul McCartney was on hand to entertain  the crowds in 2022

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