Following the huge success of his third album ‘÷’, singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was announced as the third headliner for Glastonbury’s 2017 line up yesterday. This comes via an Instagram video from the 26 year old as he sets up for his tour in Turin, Italy stating; “I will be headlining Glastonbury… which is awesome”. Also featuring some cows… we don’t know either!
He will join Friday night headliners Radiohead; their first UK festival since 2011. Along with Foo Fighters taking Saturday’s headline slot, following their secret Frome gig to announce their appearance after they were forced to cancel in 2015.
With over 4 million copies of ‘Divide’ sold since it’s release, and having taken up 16 of the top 20 single spots last week; Ed has really worked his way to stardom. Say what you will about his music, you have to respect how far he has come in such a short space of time.
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He first played Glastonbury back in 2011, before any of his album releases, at the Croissant Neuf stage. Now playing the world famous Pyramid stage for the second time, the ‘Shape Of You’ singer can only improve on his 2014 set, this time as a headliner.
Thinking back to his Brit Awards performance in 2015, can we expect another one-man-band appearance this summer? That performance has firmly resonated with me; keeping the audience at his every word, Ed managed to hold somewhat of a majestic aura over the O2 with just his guitar and a pedal board. If that doesn’t show the pure talent that he has, I don’t know what will.
Not forgetting Adele’s headline slot last year, as the whole nation watched as she brought goosebumps and tears to us all. It seems that Glastonbury are moving away from the classic three rock and roll headliners and bringing in something a bit different for one night of the festival. This has obviously brought with it some controversy. Aside from the likes of Adele and Ed Sheeran being two of the biggest names in the music industry, are they the right people for the job? Some would say not, that singer-songwriters aren’t meant for the Pyramid stage. But isn’t Glastonbury a place where everyone comes together for the love of music, whatever the genre. Rock and roll or not; Adele certainly put on a brilliant show to remember last year and we can be sure Mr Sheeran will too!
Taking place at Worthy Farm, Somerset between the 21st-25th June, it is unfortunately, as expected, already sold out. The full line up should be with us at the usual time of some point in April, until then we can only speculate as to who will be joining the three headliners. With the organisers revealing that “twice as many bands” have been booked for 2017, it’s set to be one of Glastonbury’s best years yet.