Arctic Monkeys, Guns N’ Roses, and Elton John Headline 2023 Glastonbury Festival

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glastonbury-2023 – Credit: Pablo Gallardo/Redferns/Getty Images; Amy Sussman/Getty Images; Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

Arctic Monkeys and Guns N’ Roses will join Elton John in headlining this year’s Glastonbury Festival, Emily Eavis has announced.

Eavis, the festival’s co-organizer, shared the news in an article discussing “pipeline” problems in light of the all-male headline bookings.

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She told The Guardian that Guns N’ Roses replaced a female singer who “changed her touring plans.” Although Eavis didn’t name the act, it’s thought that it could have been Taylor Swift, who was originally set to perform in 2020 when Glastonbury was canceled due to COVID-19.

Arctic Monkeys will headline the world-famous festival in Pilton, Somerset, on Friday night (June 22), Guns N’ Roses on Saturday night (June 23), and Elton John on Sunday night (June 24).

Eavis also announced the first wave of acts set to perform at Glastonbury, including LizzoBlondieFatboy SlimLewis CapaldiRina SawayamaLil Nas XLana Del ReyChristine and the QueensAlt-JRoyal BloodQueens of the Stone Age, and many others. She said in response to the fact that 53 percent of the 55 names are men: “We are entirely focused on balancing our bill.”

“It’s not just about gender, it’s about every aspect of diversity,” Eavis added, going on to reveal that 43 percent of those 55 names are non-white, or feature non-white members. Afrobeats star Wizkid will headline the Other stage on Friday. “We’re probably one of the only big shows that’s really focused on this,” Eavis said.

According to the organizer, the music industry needs to invest in more female musicians to create future headliners. “We’re trying our best so the pipeline needs to be developed. This starts way back with the record companies, and radio. I can shout as loud as I like but we need to get everyone on board,” Eavis told The Guardian.

Elsewhere on the line-up so far is Alison Goldfrapp, Amadou and Mariam, Becky Hill, Candi Staton, Carly Rae Jepsen, Cat Burns, Central Cee, Ezra Collective, Fatboy Slim, Leftfield, Loyle Carner, Maggie Rogers, Mahalia, Måneskin, Manic Street Preachers, Nova Twins, Phoenix, Shygirl, Sparks, Stefflon Don, Sudan Archives, Texas, The Chicks, The War on Drugs, Thundercat, Tinariwen, Warpaint, Weyes Blood, Young Fathers, and Yusuf/Cat Stevens.

In other recent Glastonbury news, Brian May has doubled down on his attitude toward playing the festival with Queen and explained why they will never do it.

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