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Who’ll join Chris and the boys as Glasto headliners? Amy Dawson takes a punt…

Foo Fighters
The band famously had to cancel Glasto last year after rock’s beardiest and loveliest frontman Dave Grohl broke his leg falling off a stage in Sweden. Florence And The Machine were bumped up the schedule and did a stellar job filling the headline slot, despite being a very different kind of act, but it seems inevitable that the rockers will want to make things up to disappointed Foo fans.

A tricky one to call. While comeback album 25 is a record so huge it has its own gravitational forcefield and a big European tour suggests the star is over any stage fright, Adele has nevertheless made it clear that the Glastonbury crowds might be that bit too much. She said of watching Kanye West last year: ‘I literally just crapped my pants on the size of the audience.’

With European festival dates already confirmed, it’s looking likely that Thom Yorke and co are about to announce a new album and a big tour any day now. Their 1997 Glastonbury headline performance is frequently touted as one of the very best to grace the Pyramid Stage. That was back in the era of OK Computer; we’re due an update.

Bey’s 2011 turn on the Pyramid Stage (bar that bizarre interlude with a confuddled-looking Tricky) was a triumph. She recently sprung an explosive new single and announced a ginormous world tour – which just so happens to have a convenient, Glastonbury-sized gap before its UK leg.

The same thing is true of RiRi, who’s left a hole in her Anti World Tour between UK performances. Emily Eavis has said: ‘We are strong on women this year, I have to say.’

Stone Roses
Madchester’s finest are overdue as Glasto headliners, having cancelled in 1995 after guitarist John Squire broke his collarbone. Having reunited back in 2012 after 15 years, they’ve already announced four homecoming gigs in Manchester this June. They’re also down for T In The Park – but could they resist a nostalgic Glasto glory lap?

Guns N’ Roses
Axl Rose and Slash have finally buried the hatchet and vowed to appear together as Guns N’ Roses for the first time since 1993 at Coachella in April. The band are rumoured to be plotting a
reunion tour and would probably go down a storm.