Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

The Glastonbury 'Legends' slot has been announced

glasto1.jpg

It's slowly become the main event of the whole of Glastonbury - overshadowing even the three evening headline slots - and the artist filling this year's 'legend' slot on Sunday afternoon has been revealed.

The anointed ones are Electric Light Orchestra - now known as Jeff Lynne's ELO after he reformed the band in 2012. They have a lot to live up to after slots in recent years from Dolly Parton and Lionel Richie saw some of the biggest crowds ever witnessed at the festival.

Booker Emily Eavis announced the news this morning in a tweet:

So what can we expect?

For the uninitiated, they formed in 1970 with a desire to combine elements of modern rock and pop with classical music - and they were phenomenally successful at it, racking up 20 top 20 UK singles between 1972 and 1986, as well as 20 top 40 Billboard hits in the US, selling over 50 million records in the process - if you know nothing else, you'll definitely know Mr Blue Sky.

After disbanding in 1986, they briefly reformed for an album, Zoom, in 2001. However, a 2013 reunion for a Children in Need concert was far more successful, with 'Jeff Lynne's ELO' forming to play Hyde Park to 50,000 people in 2014, with Jeff Lynne and fellow lynchpin Richard Tandy backed by Take That and Gary Barlow's live band. They then played the Grammy Awards last year, before releasing a new album, Alone in the Universe in November.

So will they be better than Lionel? It's a tough ask - we'll see in June.

(Image: Rex)

Related

lastshadowpuppets.jpg

The 20 albums you need to hear in 2016

IsleofWight1.jpg

Where are the festival headliners of the future?

elton1.jpg

Who will headline Glastonbury next year?

Comments

More

Gorillaz return after 6 years with spectacular Trump-baiting track

'Hallelujah Money' also features Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine

by Emily Badiozzaman
19 Jan 2017

Moby's new politically charged song takes aim at Trump

"We don't need ruin and lies, your touch is death"

by Jamie Carson
19 Jan 2017

Who is performing at Donald Trump's Inauguration Day 2017?

It's not exactly Live Aid

by Dave Fawbert
19 Jan 2017

Check out the exclusive euphoric new video from Tom Chaplin

Here's the promo for 'Still Waiting'

16 Jan 2017

David Bowie's most glorious rejections

Highly selective, and all the better for it

10 Jan 2017

The 17 albums you need in hear in 2017

Get your ears ready for these

by Dave Fawbert
09 Jan 2017

Can You Name 99 Songs From The 90s By A Single Video Screenshot?

09 Jan 2017

The KLF are coming back and this is why you should be excited

‘Transcentral, eternity, sheep’

by Dave Fawbert
05 Jan 2017

The biggest selling UK debut album of 2016 is pretty depressing

Even BRIT Award winner Jack Garratt couldn't top it

by Dave Fawbert
04 Jan 2017

This is the story behind that Bowie mugshot (and what happened next)

by Joe Ellison
01 Jan 2017