One of the most highly anticipated events for summer 2020 has been making the rounds in the news recently and no, we aren't talking about the Euro's.
We're referring to Glastonbury 2020 and the speculation as to who will be headlining on the Pyramid Stage. Such news often dominates all the talk on social media and this year is certainly no exception. Theories and rumours have quickly been surfacing and inevitably, SkyBet have released some odds on the result.
Such a betting market tends to be popular with punters, who enjoy putting their knowledge to the test in predicting the results of these novelty outcomes. So, who is leading the odds and who else find themselves in the run-in? We've taken a look.
Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift the favourites
Top of the pile at 4/5 is both Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift, with SkyBet having two favourites in this betting market.
Not many would have expected Swift to be considered as one of the frontrunners, but her short price stems from the fact that she just recently announced a list of European festival dates for next year. Most notably, there are few 'suspicious' dates missing in her calendar, making an appearance at Glastonbury very likely.
The American superstar released the lead single 'Me' from her upcoming new album 'Lover' back in April, as the excitement for her 7th studio album continues to generate. Her latest hit has well and truly gone down as a 'hit' with fans, with the music video surpassing 65.2 million views on the first day of release. Such astronomical numbers have become an expectation with Swift and purely going off popularity, she is certainly a fitting candidate to be next summer's big headline name.
Her short odds aren't a sure thing though, as SkyBet have given McCartney an equal chance in beating her to that headline spot. The legendary icon has been in this position before, being the only member from the 'Fab Four' to have actually headlined the festival in the past. This came back in 2004, ironically during the time when Swift's career was only just in its beginning stages.
For now, we expect the two megastars to stay at the top of the pile for the time being. For those looking to split the two though, Michael Eavis has hinted towards a McCartney appearance.
Fleetwood Mac and the Foals hovering just behind
Fleetwood Mac are a prominent name in this betting market, as the rock band are always rumoured to feature at the festival. They reportedly turned down the chance to headline in 2015, opting for the Isle of Wight Festival instead. Their price at 1/1 for 2020 may get their fans excited though, as the bookmakers have them down in being one of the big favourites.
They have been on tour over the last year, performing in over 50 cities all around the world. Their last scheduled venue is in Las Vegas this November, so there are no issues about conflicting dates for next summer. Due to their cultural popularity, their odds may shorten with a flurry of punts, so they are certainly a current price to keep close tabs on.
Just behind Fleetwood Mac are another rock band in the shape of the Foals. The Oxford group actually performed an unannounced set at Glastonbury this year, making their 2020 price of 2/1 quite a lucrative one. Such an appearance saw the release of a trio of singles, leading on nicely to their highly anticipated album, 'Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 2.'
The album's second half release date is the 18th of October, completing the overall project which featured on March 8th. So, with some new tracks on the way and an iconic Glastonbury memory from this summer, are they the perfect fit on paper to headline next year?
Headlining at Glastonbury puts you in the music hall of fame for life, but there is an even more special position for those who feature on more than one occasion. The Arctic Monkeys have been priced at 5/2 to make it three times a charm, having already headlined in both 2007 and 2013.
SkyBet fancy both Kendrick Lamar and The 1975 ahead of them though, with both these acts having an outright price of 9/4. The latter are set to release their new album 'Notes on a Conditional Form' in 2020, so it could serve as perfect timing for a certain appearance. Lamar's short price does surprise us, particularly given his lack of releases since his smash album 'DAMN' in 2017.
Coldplay have odds of 7/2 to make it five headline appearances at Glastonbury. The band already hold the festival record with four, but there remains the question as to just how many fans are crying out to see them there yet again. One person who is hot in demand is Elton John, particularly given his recent retirement tour. How fitting would it be to see the legend bow out at one of the biggest festivals in the world? At 4/1, he holds big value to do so.
Glastonbury 2020 headliner odds
(odds subject to change and have been taken from SkyBet)
- Paul McCartney = 4/5
- Taylor Swift = 4/5
- Fleetwood Mac = 1/1
- Foals = 2/1
- Kendrick Lamar = 9/4
- The 1975 = 9/4
- Arctic Monkeys = 5/2
- Coldplay = 7/2
- Elton John = 4/1
- Led Zeppelin = 11/2
- The Kinks = 6/1
- Spice Girls = 7/1
- The Who = 7/1
- Ariana Grande = 8/1
- Bruce Springsteen = 8/1
- Green Day = 8/1