Glastonbury 2014 Announces First Round Lineup, Kasabian, Arcade Fire to Headline

posted by Dan Murphy on April 04, 2014

Glastonbury 2013 via the festival

Worthy Farm, United Kingdom -- Glastonbury has announced its initial lineup, and it's stacked. The promoters released the first round flyer today with Arcade Fire, Kasabian, and Jack White to headline alongside The PixiesDolly Parton, Elbow, The Black Keys, and Robert Plant. Also topping the bill are Lana Del Rey, Massive AttackSkrillex, and Disclosure.

While most have played Glastonbury in certain respects, none of these acts have headlined before. Arcade Fire hasn't been to the Worthy Farm since 2007, and Jack White has played Glastonbury with The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, and The Dead Weather, though never solo. The Pixies also haven't seen the Glastonbury stage since 1989. Kasabian guitarist Serge Pizzorno said after the lineup was revealed that he can, "die a happy man," now that they're headlining. 

Even the acts farther down the bill are huge names. The Worthy Farm will see James Blake, CHVRCHES, Foster the People, Interpol, Mogwai, and MGMT as well as Warpaint, tUnE-yArDs, and Chance the Rapper. Most of these artists could or are headlining other festivals on the circuit. 

Glastonbury was introduced in 1970 and the first event took place the day after Jimi Hendrix's death. It was influenced by hippie ethics, which still remain as the festival supports Greenpeace, WaterAid, and Oxfam. In recent years, Arctic Monkeys, BeyoncĂ©, The Rolling Stones, Mumford & Sons, and Radiohead have all headlined. 

The pressure was on for the promoters to bring big acts to this year's Glastonbury considering that tickets sold out in October in less than two hours. A resale of returned or cancelled tickets will occur through Glastonbury's website starting on April 24th, so there's no need to hit up StubHub just yet. The festival will take place June 25-29 on festival founder Michael Eavis' privately owned land, the Worthy Farm. 

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