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Glastonbury Odds – Coldplay Favorites to Headline (updated)

Don Aguero

by Don Aguero in Entertainment

Updated Jan 17, 2018 · 9:39 AM PST

[Update: As of Feb. 29, 2016, two of the three headliners have been announced: Coldplay and Muse.]

Get ready for Glastonbury, a five-day free-for-all with some music on the side. Last year’s festival was headlined by The Who, Florence + The Machine, and of course Kanye West, who raised a few eyebrows with some questionable song choices.

The 2016 headliners have been booked but not revealed; the festival organizers seem content to let the rumours run rampant. Strangely, the only time they’ve confirmed or denied anything was to say that Miley Cyrus wouldn’t be headlining. Weird. Comforting, but weird.

Miley aside, Glastonbury 2016 will draw some big names, but there can only be three headliners.

Who will they be? We set the odds.

Glastonbury Headliner Odds:

Coldplay: 1/2
Coldplay have a lot going on right now. They’ve just released their fifth (and possibly final) album; they’re playing the halftime show for Super Bowl 50; and they’re the clear favorite to headline at Glastonbury. You know, for a band that receives an unfathomable amount of hate, they’re actually doing pretty well.

With both Chris Martin and the festival organizers strongly hinting at a Coldplay headline, I think it’s pretty safe to say that, unless Chris Martin pulls a Dave Grohl and breaks his leg, it’s more or less set in stone.

[Feb. 22 update: nailed it!]

Adele: 5/1
Adele stated late last year that she felt Glastonbury was a little too much for her. But that hasn’t stopped the rumours. With her new album, 25, crushing the charts, it only makes sense to sign her up.

Sure, she used to suffer from stage fright. But she’s about to embark on a world tour, selling out stadiums around the world. She’ll be just fine at Glastonbury.

Foo Fighters: 5/1
The Foo Fighters are definitely a favorite this year after having cancelled their 2015 set when frontman Dave Grohl broke his leg. There was widespread despair when they were forced to pull out. Now that Grohl has two functioning gams, it’s time to give the people what they’ve been waiting for.

Muse: 10/1
Muse has already headlined Glastonbury twice and have expressed interest in doing it again this year. But that implies that they haven’t already been booked, which is bad news since the headliners have already been chosen.

There’s still hope. Legs can be broken; princes can be angered; replacements may be needed. And for that, Muse has got to be first in line to the throne.

[Feb. 29 update: sort of nailed it, again!]

Elton John: 21/1
Wouldn’t this be a treat! Glastonbury isn’t exactly Elton’s target demographic, but the festival has been known to make some pretty bold signings in the past. It would be fitting to see the biggest (living) British musician at the biggest British music festival.

And besides, it doesn’t matter how old you are, when “Tiny Dancer” comes on, everyone’s happy.

[Photo credit: jaswooduk from UK [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.]
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