The band playing before Florence + The Machine have never played Glasto
Alexandra Pollard
09:23 26th June 2015

Emily Eavis has revealed that there is "definitely someone filling [the] gap" left by Florence + The Machine when she stepped up to headline Glastonbury in the place of Foo Fighters.

Foo Fighters were scheduled to headline the festival alongside Kanye West and The Who, but an incident onstage a few weeks ago, in which Dave Grohl broke his leg, forced the band to cancel all forthcoming live dates.

Shortly thereafter, it was announced that Florence + The Machine, who was originally scheduled to appear after Motorhead and before Foo Fighters, had been promoted to headliner. This has left a nearly four hour gap between Motorhead, who finish at 6.30pm today, and Florence + The Machine, whose set kicks off at 10.15pm.

Speaking to the BBC though, organiser Emily Eavis said, "There is definitely something filling that gap but under no circumstances will it be announced. Luckily it's been a proper secret, a proper surprise, which actually is quite hard to do now because things get out."

She continued, "But there are only about four people other than the band that know about this. Even people that work on the festival don't know about it. They're coming because they want to play Glastonbury and they've never done it before on the Pyramid Stage. That's all I'm saying."

Rumours have been circulating that the act in question will be The Libertines - as they have never performed on the Pyramid Stage before

The mystery slot will be from 8.20pm-9.30pm, with Florence now performing 10.15pm-11.45pm.

Glastonbury continues today (26 June) with its first proper day of music, including Motorhead, Mark Ronson, The Vaccines, Hot Chip, Wolf Alice, Hinds and Florence + The Machine.

From Foals to Ride, the acts most likely to surprise us

  • Taylor Swift: She'll be in the country over Glastonbury weekend, headlining British Summertime in Hyde Park. That's on Saturday, and then on Monday, she's heading to Dublin - which leaves a perfect, Glastonbury-sized gap on Sunday. It would be rude for her not to really.

  • Prince: It just wouldn't be Glastonbury if there wasn't wild speculation that Prince is planning a secret set. He never has, and probably never will. At this point, we'll almost be disappointed if it DOES happen (but still, PLEASE PRINCE - we want to see your purple wellies).

  • Noel Gallagher: We're not even going to waste all of our time suggesting that Oasis might perform a secret set, but Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds is a definite possibility. Discussing the fact that he hadn't been invited earlier this year, he admitted "I would do it though, if I was asked."

  • Radiohead: They've done it before, back in 2011, when Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood arrived unannounced on The Park stage and thousands flocked to it, forcing stagff to cut off access to the area as it reached capacity. If they did it again, it would no doubt cause just as much excitement - though maybe it's a little too soon.

  • Foals: There's a lot of hype around their truly huge new single 'What Went Down', and the rumour mill seems to be churning more strongly around Foals this year than any other act. They've got a host of European tour dates on the horizon, but nothing in the UK, so this would work out perfectly.

  • Fleetwood Mac: In a recent interview with The Sunday Times, Stevie Nicks sounded excessively exhausted: "Maybe I shouldn’t be saying this in an interview, but I don’t really care. I have done my best, every single night, to go out there and be my best, and not be upset about the fact that we are doing 80 shows instead of 60, and then going straight to Europe and doing 27 shows instead of 17." With that in mind, we actually hope they're not playing a secret set. Stevie needs a break.

  • Blur: They've just headlined Isle Of Wight Festival, and are in London this Saturday to play Hyde Park's British Summertime Festival, so - while they're on a roll - perhaps they could squeeze in a surprise appearance at Glastonbury too before heading off to Portugal, Spain, China and Australia next month.

  • Ride: They've just announced a set of UK tour dates to coincide with the 25th anniversary of their debut album, Nowhere. That tour doesn't kick off until October though, and so before that, Ride's name is being cautiously but optimistically attached to a possible secret set at Glastonbury.

  • Bastille: When a fan tweeted Dan Smith saying, "What's this I hear about you doing a scret gig @GlastoFest on Friday", Smith retweeted it. That's as close to confirmation as we're going to get, but if it's true, he's sort of ruined the surprise.

  • The Charlatans: If secret sets are supposed to a secret, then no one told Tim Burgess - who has been dropping some pretty massive and obvious hints on Twitter, including a picture of some wellies, the phrase 'special guessed yet?' and basically retweeting confirmation.


WORDS:
PHOTO: