Darren Milby column

Arctic Monkeys headlined Glastonbury last year.
Arctic Monkeys headlined Glastonbury last year.
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As the tents are being taken down, the empty beer cans picked up and the weary unshowered music fans head home, speculation starts to build about who will headline the next Glastonbury Festival.

Every year in the papers I read about a Led Zeppelin reunion or Pink Floyd reuniting as a one off. Big names slated for the 2014 Festival included Fleetwood Mac and Prince – whose name pops up every year.

There is a lot to live up to this year after the sensational 2013 headliners Arctic Monkeys, The Rolling Stones and Mumford & Sons. I’ve never been a huge fan of the Arctic Monkeys but when I watched their set at least year’s Glastonbury festival I got it and have loved them ever since.

The Stones were brilliant. I actually watched it with my Dad who has been a Rolling Stones fan since the 60s. It’s unusual to find a band that appeal to all generations and it’s great to see that they are still as good as ever.

Mumford & Sons were a good choice for Sunday night. Chilled out and folky seemed perfect. Its funny how many bands have surfaced since then that sound like Mumford.

2014 then – will it be as good? Well most bands have been announced now. Arcade Fire will do the honours on the pyramid stage on Friday. Kasabian will close the festival on the Sunday but Saturday night is still shrouded in mystery.

Both are great bands, although I’m not sure they are as big a crowd pleaser as previous years.

Kasabian are the sort of band that sell loads of albums but your average person in the street will not know that many of their songs.

Acts who were already confirmed to be playing the festival include Lily Allen, Lana Del Rey and Disclosure, with ‘Luther’ actor Idris Elba announcing that he would be performing a DJ set at the summer festival.

Dolly Parton will also be performing this year. She will perform in Sunday afternoon’s renowned ‘legend slot’ on the Pyramid Stage, which last year featured fellow country star Kenny Rogers.

Other performers include Jack White, Elbow, The Black Keys, and Robert Plant. Pixies will perform for the first time since 1989 and my favourite band the Manic Street Preachers will be there performing the hits and hopefully a few teasers from the new album.

I’m looking forward to watching it from the comfort of my armchair with a nice cold beer.