Between the staggered announcements and the sheer number of great festivals on the cards, sometimes it’s hard to actually remember who’s headlining what, where and when. That’s why we’ve decided to collect the facts into one handy place for you. Of course, we’ve also collated some of the biggest rumours flying around, too, but that’s all par for the course here. If one thing is clear it’s that 2017 already has some huge acts coming our way, and still has plenty of room left for surprises courtesy of some currently unfilled, extremely high profile slots...
WORTHY FARM, JUNE 24-26
Radiohead are already confirmed to headline the Pyramid Stage on the Friday, marking their first appearance at the festival since 2003. After that? Well, it’s just a big old game of ‘Guess The Massive Headline Acts That Will Be Joining Them’. Everyone from Ed Sheeran to Guns N’ Roses have been rumoured so far, with many people also expecting the Foo Fighters to finally deliver the headline set they were forced to cancel in 2015 after Dave Grohl broke his leg.
READING & LEEDS FESTIVAL
RICHFIELD AVENUE / BRAMHAM PARK, AUGUST 25-27
Muse were the first band to announce that they were ready to plug in (baby) once again as Reading & Leeds headliners, then comeback kings Kasabian followed suit last month… and now the waiting continues for the third and final headliner to be unveiled. Speculation has been supercharging sites and Twitter for months, with rumours ranging from The Stone Roses to Eminem, who is expected to drop the follow-up to his blockbuster Marshall Mathers LP 2 at some point this year. That or maybe the reunited Daphne & Celeste are finally ready to give headlining a go.
DONINGTON PARK, JUNE 9 - 11
The loudest weekend in the rock calendar returns to Donington Park this year, and boasts three stellar headline acts. Closing the opening day are reformed metal oddballs System Of A Down, with UK arena conquerors Biffy Clyro capping off the Saturday and Aerosmith drawing the curtain down on both the weekend and their last ever UK festival set. Don’t Want To Miss A Thing? You know where you need to be. Sorry, that was terrible.
BRITISH SUMMER TIME
HYDE PARK, JUNE 30-JULY 9
What do you get when you take a little bit of Justin Bieber, add a dash of Green Day, and then throw in loads of Phil Collins, The Killers, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Kings Of Leon? You get this year’s British Summer Time headliners. Oh, and did we mention that Blondie have just been added to the Phil Collins day? Blondie have just been added to the Phil Collins day.
GLASGOW GREEN, JULY 7-9
Didn’t get a Glasto ticket? Thought you’d missed your only chance to see Radiohead headline a UK festival in 2017? Thank God, then, for TRNSMT. This brand new festival will be taking over Glasgow for a weekend in July, and will also feature headline sets from both Kasabian and Biffy Clyro. Glasgow Green is looking like a very good place to be this Summer.
LOWTHER DEER PARK, JULY 27-30
It doesn’t even matter who’s headlining - this year’s festival has already completely sold out! That said, confirmed headliners Franz Ferdinand, Stereophonics, Tinie Tempah, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Brian Wilson and Manic Street Preachers must be feeling pretty, pretty good about themselves right now.
ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL
SEACLOSE PARK, JUNE 9-11
We’d wager good money (and remember, £5 is good money in these post-Brexit times) that this is going to be the first festival ever to have both Run-DMC and Rod Stewart headlining. And with David Guetta and Arcade Fire also rounding off the bill, it’s set to be one of the most eclectic festival experiences of 2017.
HILL FARM, JULY 21-23
Organisers have pulled off something very special for Truck Festival’s 20th anniversary bash at Hill Farm this year: The Libertines, The Vaccines and Franz Ferdinand are all secured as headliners. As if that wasn’t good enough, they’ve also booked Mr Motivator again – yes, the Mr Motivator – to help punters shake off their hangovers with a spot of exercise. Only in Oxford.
HYLANDS PARK & WESTON PARK, AUGUST 19-20
While this year’s headliners have yet to be confirmed, one thing is clear: 2017 has a lot to live up to. With 2016’s line-up boasting Justin Bieber and Rihanna – they’re going to need to pull out some similarly huge names. Might be time to call Drake’s hotline…
COUNTRY TO COUNTRY FESTIVAL
THE O2, MARCH 10-12
Following on from last year’s hugely successful event, Country To Country – the UK’s largest country music festival - returns to London, Glasgow and Dublin in March. And this year it’s boasting Brad Paisley, the Zac Brown Band and country queen Reba McEntire. Now is definitely the time to buy that cowboy/girl hat you’ve been promising yourself.