The Diminishing Value of Being a Glastonbury Headliner


Michael Eavis tries to defend getting Metallica to headline Glastonbury:
Glastonbury festival founder Michael Eavis has said that no band has ever been as keen to play the event as Metallica.
The metal titans are due to perform on the Saturday night (June 28) at the Somerset bash.
"There's no other band in the whole history of the festival that has been so keen to play, they will do the best set of their lives here," said Eavis to BBC 5 Live. "We have been going for so long that people don't expect us to put on a heavy metal band. We had Rage Against The Machine and we have had lots of fairly heavy metal bands in the past but this is not a typical headline."
This is what it looks like when your choice has soured so many people on sticking around for the end of the show. I'm not predicting a failure, per se, but there will be a sizable contingent of Glastonbury Festival fans who are not going to subject themselves to the pounding assault of a Metallica show. This is not a band you watch casually for what might happen--this is a band you see when you want to lose your hearing for several days.

It'll be interesting to see what kind of a set they play. If they play anything that deviates from their normal set, it means they are trying to ease up on the crowd. If they see fans streaming away, it'll raise the defiance of the set and make them want to play louder and harder.

Metallica isn't the wrong choice at all for Glastonbury; they're simply going to drive away people that don't want to be beaten senseless by noise. Others will embrace it and enjoy it. Headlining Glastonbury is now less of a thing because anyone can do it and any genre of music can take that slot. You don't have to rise to a certain level of popular acceptance anymore. If you're big with what you do, you can have your headlining slot and do whatever you want with it.