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GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL 2024 Defended Amid Rock Criticism

Published / Sat 29 Jun 2024

GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL 2024 Line-Up Defended Amid Rock Criticism

Photo: GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL 2024 Line-Up Defended Amid Rock Criticism  /  Credit: Leon Neal & Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury Festival organizer Emily Eavis has responded to criticism surrounding the 2024 line-up, which some fans have perceived as lacking in rock acts on the main stages.

This year’s headliners include dance-pop artist Dua Lipa, pop-rock band Coldplay, US R&B star SZA, and country-pop icon Shania Twain in the legends slot. The main stages will also feature performances by artists such as Little Simz, Burna Boy, Disclosure, Jungle, and The Streets.

Glastonbury Festival 2024 Receives Rock Criticism

Eavis, daughter of Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis, defended the diversity of the line-up, emphasizing that it reflects current trends in the music industry. In an interview with the PA, she remarked…


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I think the line-up reflects what’s happening in the music world at the moment – there aren’t a lot of new rock acts to choose from if I’m honest. Hopefully, that will emerge again, my heyday was 1995 with Pulp and Oasis and Radiohead – and that was great, but music changes all the time and right now this is where we’re at.

Every year, we’ve been criticised for being too rock, too grime, too hip hop, too pop – it’s just part of our year. Generally, it’s not from the public – everybody’s really happy and excited to be here.

Previous editions of Glastonbury have showcased a variety of genres on its main stages, ranging from rock-oriented headliners like Arctic Monkeys and Guns N’ Roses to pop acts such as Billie Eilish and Paul McCartney.

Despite the current emphasis on other genres, rock enthusiasts attending this year’s festival can still enjoy performances by Skidnred, Heilung, Delilah Bon and Nothing But Thieves.


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