Glastonbury’s Dream Headliner? Kate Bush

The reclusive star is top of their list...

Glastonbury Festival organiser Emily Eavis has reveal their dream headliner – Kate Bush.

The festival was founded more than 50 years ago, with Glastonbury rising to become a British live music institution. Retaining links to its counter-cultural ethos, the festival doesn’t allow commercial branding on-site, preferring instead to focus on the magic of community.

This year countless fans will descend on Worthy Farm in Somerset, with headliners set to include Dua Lipa, Coldplay, a legends slot from Shania Twain, and R&B goddess SZA.

Chatting to Annie Macmanus and Nick Grimshaw for a special show on BBC Sounds, Emily Eavis revealed her dream headliner.

She said:  “Do you know who I would like to get who haven’t had… Is Kate Bush. I’d love to have her.”

Emily Eavis continued:  “I’ve put it out there that I’d love to have her. I hope one day. But you never know I mean Elton was a pipe dream and it happened. But I think you’ve also got to create these new headliners like Dua Lipa. We’re creating this moment for her and that’s really as exciting as anything.”

Kate Bush has not performed live since her astonishing 2014 theatre extravaganza Before The Dawn – find our report from the time in the CLASH archive.

Elsewhere in the interview, Emily Eavis explained that Glastonbury is due to take a fallow year in 2026 – in essence, a year out to enable the land to recover.

She also revealed that Glastonbury could easily have come to an end in the 90s. Her parents – who founded the festival – were growing tired, and it took her mother’s death in 1999 to bring Emily Eavis firmly into the fold, postponing her studies to help her father.

She said: Do you know what, the festival was always going to end ‘that year’. In the 90s, my parents were like; ‘this is the last one’. And it wasn’t some stunt to sell tickets, they genuinely were like we probably won’t do another. So that was lovely because it kind of felt like there was this fresh, amazing appreciation of each year, because it’ll probably end. And then we used to decide at the beginning of every year and go on sale in April, and book all the bands… I mean it was all so condensed into this couple of months.”

And then it was only really when my mum died in 1999 that I came back to help. I was at Goldsmiths studying to be a teacher and I came back to help my dad then. And then he was like, I think I might need the festival now. Because they were going to retire and go on long cruises but my dad was like listen, let’s keep it going for a couple more years. I said yeah I’ll help you. Never did I think… so here I am a few decades on. But it’s lovely because now we felt like it would be a lovely thing to continue other than for it to end, so it’s changed the mindset. And it’s been a lifeline to us.”

 BBC Sounds / Sidetracked with Annie and Nick is on iPlayer now.

Kate Bush Photography Credit: Trevor Leighton

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