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Glastonbury 2024’s legends slot will be female, Emily Eavis confirms

Eavis added that 2024's headliners are 'still a little up in the air'.

By Will Richards

The Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival, 2019
(Photo: Rodw/Wikimedia Commons)

Emily Eavis has confirmed that Glastonbury‘s legends slot artist for 2024 will be female and provided an update on next year’s headliners.

Earlier this year, Eavis said that the festival have booked one of two female headliners for 2024, and that both of these would be first-timers at the Somerset festival.

Now, Eavis has spoken to Annie Mac and Nick Grimshaw on their new podcast Sidetracked and revealed that the line-up has recently changed.

“2024 is still a little up in the air…” the organiser said. “And I thought it was kind of taking shape and then last week I just got a call, and this is what happens if you wait a little longer, because quite often we’ll be booked up from July. This year we’re holding out for a little bit longer and last week I got a call from a really big American artist saying this person’s around next year, and I was like oh my God, this is incredible, thank God we held the slot.”

Revellers at Glastonbury Festival 2016
(Picture: Czampal/Wikimedia Commons)

Responding to critics of 2023’s gender balance at the festival, she added: “I’ve always been really passionate about gender split (on festival line ups) and I think actually, our problem was that I’d been so outspoken about it that having a year where there wasn’t a female sent people a bit mad, or some people. And actually we did have a female, she pulled out and we replaced them with Guns (N’ Roses) on the Saturday…

“But everyone who knows, knows that it’s top of my list. I’m always trying to make it the most balanced, diverse bill. It is difficult with female artists because there aren’t enough headliners. But we’re also creating them.”

Eavis also confirmed that the legends slot will be taken by a female artist.

We’re putting the bands and female artists on smaller stages and bringing them through all the time so I feel like the pool is going to be bigger soon. And who knows next year we might get two… And certainly I can say that the legend is female,” she said.

Find out everything you need to know on Glastonbury 2024 here.