Arcade Fire Confirmed As First Headlining Act For Glastonbury 2014
The Canadian rockers confirmed the news themselves via their Twitter
Arcade Fire are officially headliners at Glastonbury 2014! After much speculation and finger crossing, the Canadian alt-rockers have been confirmed as the first headline act for 2014's outing at Worth Farm in Somerset next June.
Arcade Fire will headline Glasto for the first time
The band confirmed their billing themselves, taking to Twitter to reveal a list of European dates due to take place in the same week at the end of June. As well as the stop off at Worthy Farm, AF will also be paying Rock In Roma and Villa Franca Di Verona a visit, as well as headlining a show at Marlay Park in Dublin. The band's own announcement was later followed up by a tweet from festival organiser Emily Eavis, with a statement from the festival's own Twitter page reading: "We're very pleased to announce that Arcade Fire will headline the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2014 on Friday 27th June."
Next year, one week in June pic.twitter.com/mzfhRg0Ut0— Arcade Fire (@arcadefire) December 19, 2013
Following the release of their critically acclaimed fourth album, Reflektor, which topped the chart in the UK upon its November release, the band had been heavily linked with a performance at Glastonbury. Prior to this, festival founder and organiser Michael Eavis had promised a headline selection consisting entirely of newcomers, however at the time of Eavis' announcement AF weren't in the frame to take on headlining duties.
At that time, the one band most people had tipped Fleetwood Mac for a headlining slot at next years festival, and they still remain one of the favourites to headline the main stage next year alongside AF. Depeche Mode, Pearl Jam, Kanye West, Prince and Daft Punk are also being hotly tipped to perform at the festival next year, but for now the Eavis's are staying quiet.
Frontman Win Butler will look to set the Somerset skies alight with his band next summer