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George Ezra and The Chemical Brothers rumoured for secret sets at Glastonbury

The long-awaited return to Worthy Farm kicks off this week

By Hollie Geraghty

George Ezra stands against a tree next to a picture of The Chemical Brothers
George Ezra and The Chemical Brothers (Pictures: Adam Scarborough/ Hamish Brown).

George Ezra and The Chemical Brothers are rumoured to be among acts who could play secret sets at Glastonbury this week.

The festival starts this week, running from from June 22 to June 26, where Billie EilishPaul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar are set to headline. The likes of Wolf AliceAJ TraceyHaimLorde and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will also perform on the Pyramid stage.

A photo from the Glastonbury site revealed a sign which read “Gold Rush Kid, John Peel Stage, 2pm”, the name of Ezra’s latest album released earlier this month.

The Chemical Brothers, who are currently touring Europe but have a gap during the Glastonbury dates, are suspected to be filling Friday’s (June 24) Arcadia slot.

The electronic music duo also recently wrote on an Instagram post: “Intense rehearsals completed. Brand new intense show. We’re ready for the summer, see you in a field soon.”

Last week they also retweeted a post that said they were “heavily rumoured” in a TBC slot.

The last Glastonbury festival, which took place in 2019, saw surprise appearances from Johnny Marr, Lil Nas X and Nick Cave.

Glastonbury co-founder Emily Eavis recently spoke to Rolling Stone UK about the festival’s long awaited return.

“That feeling when people settle in, pitch their tents and the cheering runs through the valley – I just can’t wait to hear that cheer again. It’s going to be like the best Christmas ever,” she said.

“There are a couple of people on my list, but I’m going to remain tight-lipped because we’re in talks with a couple that we’ve been trying to get for a long time,” she said. I don’t want to get into trouble! My dad used to put the bands on the poster before they’d confirmed. In 1982, he put U2 on – it was the old tactic of, ‘Come on, you’re on the poster, you’ve got to play.’ You wouldn’t get away with that now.”

The full line-up and list of set times for this year’s festival is available to view here.