As festival season approaches, conversation often drifts to one simple question: who will headline tomorrow’s festivals? Here we consider ten names who could all make the jump to the top. Note – we have decided to base our arguement around the upper echelons of the festival circuit, think Glastonbury, Reading and TRNSMT. Some of these names have, of course, previously headlined smaller scale festivals.
Perhaps the most likely act to make the jump to the top. Wolf Alice have it all. Their ability to toy with sounds both fast and slow, a great, relevant and interesting image and a musical ability like no other. Two albums in (both narrowly missing out on chart success) and the London formed band already have a Mercury Award to their name.
With such success, it is only a matter of time before they headline a huge festival!
Royal Blood are in a similar situation to Wolf Alice, they have two albums and a whole host of critical acclaim to their name. The duo are surprisingly dynamic and are true powerhouses of he music game. Their Glastonbury 2017 set was one of the most impressive.
With a tonne of famous fans and a third album on the way, we can only assume they will top the big festival stages in the coming years.
Musically Grimes is unique. Whether it be spending weeks isolated in a dark room or collaborating with some of the most famous musicians in the world, it is clear that the Canadian is a talent like no other. 2018 saw her name rise relentlessly, if there was a stock market for rockstars then her value would have skyrocketed following an intriguing relationship with Elon Musk.
Musk has a desire to journey through space. We can only recommend he takes another listen to Grimes’ back catalogue. Musically, she is destined to the top of the festival line up!
It is probably fair to suggest that two years ago Idles would not have been in a conversation such as this. However, with their meteoric rise only set to continue and a ferocious sound like no other, it is clear the Idles are here for the long run!
Their sound is fast, punk fuelled bonafide rock at its finest. Lyrically they are relevant, spreading important messages of self love, solidarity and togetherness. With all this in mind, it would make total sense to see Idles top the festival stages in years to come.
Catfish & The Bottlemen
Catfish have indeed headlined festival stages in the past. They are a huge arena band in the UK and getting bigger and bigger away from our shores. Despite this, they are yet to make the jump to the huge stages. Is time running out?
Their schedule says not, this year they will top proceedings at TRNSMT. If their third album is successful as their first two, it would not be unreasonable to suggest that they will lead the line up at the likes of Glastonbury, Reading and Isle of Wight – maybe even as soon as next year!
Maybe The 1975 shouldn’t be a part of this list, they are of course headlining Reading & Leeds this year. Having stormed February’s Brit Awards following the release of seminal third album A Brief Enquiry Into Online Relationships, it is clear that The 1975 are one of the biggest bands in the country right now.
With this comes one of the most obvious predictions in music right now, The 1975 will no doubt headline Glastonbury within the next year or two!
If The 1975 are the poster boys of indie, then Dua Lipa leads Britain’s pop renaissance in 2019. The London based singer is now world renowned following a Grammy victory this year. If that wasn’t enough, her touring schedule has been both meticulous and long winded.
Her first gig was at a half empty Nottingham Rescue Rooms, since then her live show has gone from strength to strength. With a whole host of radio-hitting tracks to her name, we can only assume that Dua Lipa will top the festival stages following the release of a second studio album.
Blossoms lead yet another northern charge on the indie scene. Two albums in, they have already skyrocketed in the charts and toured relentless across the UK and beyond. Their sound is summer suited, making them perfect to top festival bills across the country.
Will they make the rise to the top? Their third studio album holds all the answers… If not, they do of course have a burgeoning career in podcasting!
With Tame Impala topping Coachella, times are good for Australian music. No band down under has more potential than DMA’S, their unique blend of stadium rock with Oasis-like swagger is second to none. They have the attitude of a rock and roll band and the sound of something even bigger.
As venues get bigger across the UK and beyond, one has to pop the question: when will these boys headline the big festivals? If their third album is as good as their first two then I feel we may see it occur sooner rather than later!
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