Written by Kai Feltham
Following weeks of social media and forum speculation, British music stalwarts Radiohead have today been announced as the first headline act for Glastonbury 2017 as the earliest line-up announcement in the festival’s history. Taking place on Friday 23rd June, this will be the third time that Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O’Brien, Colin Greenwood and Philip Selway have taken to the Pyramid Stage at Worthy Farm, succeeding stellar sets in 1997 and 2003.
The Radiohead rumour mill has been whirring away ever since festival founder Michael Eavis dropped a huge hint at an Oxford Union address back in May. He stated “Radiohead must be due for another crack at it” so it appears that this announcement has been in the pipeline for quite some time. Further fuelled by only three small UK dates for 2016’s leg of their A Moon Shaped Pool tour the question was put directly to guitarist Ed O’Brien on BBC Radio 6 Music. “To be asked to play at Glastonbury again would be magic” was his response on October 9th, and the official announcement has now confirmed that magic to be a reality.
Announced in typically artistic Radiohead style, the final confirmation was made on the Glastonbury Official twitter page this afternoon. Drawn out over the course of 24 hours, the Glastocam webcam service showed signs of a giant version of the Kid A bear logo being painted in front of the Pyramid Stage for all to see on Wednesday October 19th. It was spotted in particular by eagle-eyed readers of forum site Efestivals and the news soon spread to the NME, Independent and BBC news services. The bear logo now sits proudly at Worthy Farm in front of the Pyramid Stage, until the inevitable Glastonbury deluge of rain wipes it out.
— Glastonbury Festival (@GlastoFest) October 20, 2016
A special year in Radiohead’s history, 2017 represents the 20th anniversary of both their debut headline slot and ground-breaking album OK Computer. For these reasons alone Friday 23rd June looks set to be one special night for those lucky enough to be in attendance. With other rumours including the likes of The Stone Roses, Ed Sheeran, Daft Punk and Foo Fighters; Glastonbury Festival 2017 looks set to be yet another magnificent year.