Music News Round-Up: Janelle Monae To Play Glastonbury; New Foals And James Blake Albums; David Bowie Box Set
The week's biggest music news rounded up, including Janelle Monae at Worthy Farm's West Holts Stage, new albums from Foals, James Blake and Sleater-Kinney, plus a Bowie rarities set.
Excitement ahead of Glastonbury 2019 later this summer has increased with the announcement that R&B star Janelle Monáe has been added to the line-up.
Speaking on BBC Radio 6 Music’s breakfast show, Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis told host Lauren Laverne that the American singer had been booked to headline the West Holts Stage at the festival, on a night yet to be confirmed.
The American R&B megastar will headline the West Holts Stage at Worthy Farm in June.
Anticipation for Glastonbury Festival later this summer has risen with the announcement that R&B star Janelle Monáe has been added to the bill.
Speaking on BBC Radio 6 Music’s breakfast show on Monday morning (January 7th), Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis told host Lauren Laverne that the American singer had been booked for the 2019 edition of the festival, and would be headlining the West Holts Stage on a night yet to be confirmed.
Monáe, who released her third studio album Dirty Computer last year to rapturous reception, has not performed at Glastonbury since 2011, when she rolled out a set that was recently voted as one of the 100 finest that Worthy Farm had ever seen.
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Music News Round-Up: Ariana Grande Adds Extra UK Tour Dates; Ed Sheeran Breaks More Records; Kylie To Play Glastonbury
The week's music news rounded up, including more Ariana Grande dates, Neil Young's streaming archives and a new PJ Harvey film.
Ariana Grande ADDS UK TOUR DATES
Ariana Grande has given fans a little Sweetener, announcing extra dates for the UK and Ireland leg of her arena tour next summer.
Originally, the ‘thank u, next’ chart-topping star announced a brace of London shows in August 2019, before returning to the UK the following month for gigs in Birmingham, Glasgow, Sheffield and Dublin.
Kylie Minogue is to play the hallowed legends slot in 2019 - but who else would be suited to it in the future?
Following the excellent news this week that Glastonbury Festival’s organisers have booked pop icon Kylie Minogue to perform the fabled ‘legends slot’ for the Sunday afternoon of its 2019 edition, we got to thinking – what other musical heroes of years gone by would we like to see do the job?
Remember, these can’t just be massive stars – there’s got to be a distinct nostalgia aspect for this. Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Brian Wilson, Shirley Bassey, Neil Diamond, Tom Jones, Leonard Cohen and Jeff Lynne’s ELO have been just some of the stellar names who have played the prestigious gig before.
Here are six stars who haven’t performed the legends slot at Worthy Farm before, and would be brilliant!
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Kylie will perform the fabled Sunday afternoon 'legend' slot at Worthy Farm next year.
The 50 year old singer is set to perform in the heritage act slot on the Sunday afternoon (June 30th) of the 2019 edition of Glastonbury, a gig which traditionally draws the biggest crowd of the weekend. It’s a slot that has previously been filled by the likes of Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie and Jeff Lynne’s ELO.
Kylie was supposed to have headlined the festival in her own right back in 2005, but a breast cancer diagnosis forced her to pull out with just weeks to go, with sub-headliners Basement Jaxx stepping in to perform the Pyramid Stage closer instead. She eventually returned to Glastonbury in 2010 to make a guest appearance with Scissor Sisters, but to date has never played a full set at Worthy Farm.
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Music News Round-Up: Spice Girls Rumoured For Glastonbury, Drake Tops Spotify's 2018 List, Doves Reunite
The week's music news rounded up, including a potential headline slot at Worthy Farm for the Spice Girls and Cardi B's split from Offset.
Spice Girls TO HEADLINE GLASTONBURY?
The Spice Girls reunion next summer could be about to get even bigger, with new reports that the band could headline 2019’s Glastonbury Festival.
The reunited group – minus Victoria Beckham – could be set to bring girl power to Worthy Farm in June next year to take one of the two remaining headline slots, after grime megastar Stormzy was confirmed as the first headliner a few weeks back.
Mel B commented this week that a headline slot "has been talked about".
The reunited group – minus Victoria Beckham – could be set to bring girl power to Worthy Farm in June next year to take one of the two remaining headline slots, after grime megastar Stormzy was confirmed at the top of Friday night’s bill last month.
The Sun reported comments made by Mel B, who said that headlining Glastonbury had “been talked about” with organisers Emily and Michael Eavis.
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Around 85 tonnes of plastic and cans are recycled after each Glastonbury after being left behind by revellers.
Glastonbury Festival is conspicuous by its absence from the calendar of the British summer of 2018. However, its organiser Emily Eavis revealed that a significant plan is afoot for when the prestigious festival returns next year, announcing that the use of plastic bottles will be outlawed.
Attending the NME Awards in London on Tuesday night (February 14th), where Glasto won the Best Festival Award, Eavis told The Mirror: “Our big mission for next year is banning plastic bottles. We’re in the middle of it at the moment.”
Despite requests to leave the campsite as clean as possible, approximately one million plastic bottles are used and abandoned at the festival site during its five-day run when it is held. Over half of the waste left over at the site is recycled each festival, adding up to 85 tonnes of cans and plastic in 2014 alone.
The festival might be over but there's still plenty of performances to watch on catch-up that you might've missed.
There aren't many weekends of the year that most of the country pray for rain, all except the fortuitous 250,000 people that descend on a farm in Glastonbury as most of the country sit at home and watch with what the twitter hashtag describes as #glastoenvy. There are of course some benefits to being an armchair viewer of Glastonbury Festival. The beer is always cold, the toilets are always clean and set clashes are not a concern.