Source claim the iconic band will join Arcade Fire and Kasabian, and headline Saturday night
Andrew Trendell

09:16 1st May 2014

It looks like the bookies and the rumours were right, as tabloids are reporting that Metallica will be announced the final headliner at this year's Glastonbury festival. 

A huge wave of some of the biggest acts to be gracing Worthy Farm this summer was announced earlier this month - but the Saturday night headliner was not announced due to 'contractual reasons'. 

Now, The Sun have stated that it will indeed, be Metallica. It is believed that the 'contractual reasons' may be down to the band being previously announced as a 'UK exclusive' for this year's Sonisphere festival. 

The rumours began when drummer Lars Ulrich said that the band 'would love to play', before industry insiders soon began confirming that the metal icons would grace the Pyramid Stage. 

Last week, Eavis also dropped a huge hint at the final headliner to be joining Arcade Fire and Kasabian in topping the bill, telling the Bristol Post: "'We are expecting to announce the full line-up at the beginning of May and everything is now in place. We are more than happy with the calibre of the acts and the headliner on Saturday will be one of the biggest-selling bands in the world at the moment.'' 

The news is likely to divide opinion. Legends as they are, Glasto has often shyed away from booking metal and hard rock acts - but then they used to say the same for hip-hop before they booked Jay Z. 


See the Glastonbury line-up so far below

Glastonbury festival takes place at Worthy Farm in Somerset from Wednesday 25 to Sunday 29 June, 2014. 

Below: If not Metallica, who else could it be? The 'biggest-selling bands' that could headline Saturday at Glastonbury

  • Coldplay: Undoubtedly one of the most successful acts on the planet right now and with no UK festivals announced around their upcoming new album, Ghost Stories, could we see Chris Martin and co return? They've headlined three times before with the last only in 2011, so they're practically the Glasto house band. Is it a bit too safe and predictable though?

  • Daft Punk: Random Access Memories was one of the biggest selling and most dominant albums in recent memory. Could we 'Get Lucky' and see the dance duo come out of live retirement and bring a lot of disco awesomeness and special guests to Worthy Farm?

  • Radiohead: One of the most influential, seminal and successful UK bands of all time, Thom Yorke and co are well overdue a return to headlining Glasto, after last doing so in 2003 before a run of surprise secret sets. Plus, there are those rumours about the connection between the Glastonbury poster and their King Of Limbs artwork, so who knows?

  • Kings Of Leon: They're flipping massive, and just happen to be touring the UK and Europe around Glasto time...

  • The Killers: They're doing a victory lap around the world the push their Direct Hits best of album, with shows announced at V Festival and such. Could they return to top their 2007 Glasto headline slot?

  • Foo Fighters: One of the biggest names in rock, yet they've never headlined Glasto. With a new album due soon and soon UK shows announced, could that all be about to change?

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