Glastonbury ‘crop circle’ fuels rumours that Radiohead will headline

BBC | Published: 17:17, Oct 20,2016


A file photo of Radiohead performing in a concert. — AP photo

Radiohead look set to headline the Glastonbury festival in 2017, after the band’s logo appeared as a ‘crop circle’ in front of the Pyramid stage.

Eagle-eyed fans spotted two men painting the ‘angry bear’ symbol onto the grass on Wednesday afternoon.

The band and the festival have yet to comment.

Radiohead have headlined Glastonbury twice in the past and guitarist Ed O’Brien recently told BBC 6 Music he would ‘love to’ reprise the experience.

‘I go to Glastonbury every year, it’s my carnival,’ he told Matt Everitt’s First Time programme.

‘To be asked to play at Glastonbury again would be magic. I also think Glastonbury is like our spiritual home. It is the mother of all festivals... there’s nothing like that one... it would be great to play there.’

As of this morning, the band’s symbol can be clearly seen on the BBC’s Glastonbury webcam, sited just in front of the steel structure of the Pyramid Stage.

If confirmed, it will mark Radiohead’s first UK festival appearance since 2011, when they played a ‘secret set’ on Glastonbury’s small, outlying Park Stage.

The band, whose ninth album A Moon Shaped Pool went to number one earlier this year, have recently played a handful of international festivals, including Primavera, Summer Solstice and Lollapalooza, but their only UK dates in 2016 were held at London’s 1,700-capacity Roundhouse.

Other headliners rumoured for next year’s Glastonbury include Daft Punk, Stone Roses and Lady Gaga.

Earlier this week, rock band Kings of Leon also told the BBC they were keen to return to the Pyramid stage.

‘We love Glastonbury. I think that was the first festival we ever played in Europe,’ said drummer Nathan Followill, before asking: ‘Do they still do it where it’s on one year, off one year to let the grass grow?’

On being told that the next fallow year was 2018, he replied: ‘OK, then we’ll have to get on it in 2017. I’ll have to text Eavis.’

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