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so this makes total sense that they should be headlining
will be at Phoenix.
Commercialy, they are big enough. They've always got a big crowd at glasto, and they sold millions of records.
Artistically, see above. They aren't 'cool' but they connect with a lot of people in the same way Coldplay do.
I think I hate them now
I remember they were tipped as one to watch on DiS (2009/2010?), with a cool little video of them busking. I saw them a few times before the 1st lp came out and thought they were great. There was certainly no hate on here then.
Saw them at Bestival a few years back on the main stage, they were brilliant. Can't beat a main stage act where everyone can sing along. They're far from my fave band, I'd be at Phoenix if they clashed. But fair play to them, perfect Glastonbury headliners.
Saw 'em twice before the album came out, once at Neil Young in Hyde Park, once at EoTR. People who like that sort of music loved them. Then everybody else started liking them, and most people who liked them back in the day stopped.
They'll get a really good crowd who are listening to the music not chatting all the way through. I might or might not watch them, depending on who clashes with them, but they're far from the worst band to ever headline Glastonbury.
Really? A main stage festival headline band and people are happily singing along. Seriously what is there to hate about that? Whether it's Iron Maiden, Neil Young or Daft Punk. Thousands of drunk people enjoying themselves is a pretty incredible experience.
What would you prefer in a headline act then?
it was quite touching seeing their Reading footage a couple of years back where the whole tent was singing along with it, they looked quite stunned by it. They are probably seasoned pros at it all now. The record didn't do a lot for me however and I am a bit bored of that song now. Good luck to them, I can think of much shitter bands to have randomly made it huge in the UK and USA.
the line up is fucking great. it has even caused me to do a swear.
It's the first Glastonbury line-up for years that I have been interested in. Not sure why, maybe I like a lot of indie bands at the moment or maybe this line-up has all the good ones from the last few years. If I was going I would be running between stages like a madman.
Open letter to the BBC - PLEASE DO NOT WASTE THE TV COVERAGE!
they may not appease folks around these parts but they are a venerable colossus in terms of national and international success. And like everyone says, there's plenty else on at Glasto if you're not a fan.
the dream has died
everybody go home
In terms of satisfying most of the audience and increasing demand for tickets, it makes perfect sense, of all the current British bands and artists, they're amongst the very biggest draws. I think people underestimate just how popular they are, not only here but all over the world. Like it or not, they're in an elite group of artists when it comes to selling tickets.
In terms of being a credible "indie" headliner, well, when was the last time Glasto went for that? Look at recent headliners - Muse, Panic At The Disco, Jay-Z, The Who, The Killers, Coldplay, Moby, Stereophonics, etc etc, etc. Get over it.
blur, Neil young, Bruce Springsteen
and drew the lowest turnout that stage has ever seen for a closing slot
A wildly popular band headlining at a wildly popular festival?
I was expecting Urusei Yatsura or Shonen Knife.