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Glastonbury 2015: The headliners in numbers

Glastonbury 2015: The headliners in numbers

Fans have been pitching up at Glastonbury, which is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year.

The Somerset event, which started in 1970, has seen the likes of Jay Z, Beyonce, David Bowie and Oasis headline the stage.

Looking at Glastonbury’s headline acts over the years, we’ve tracked the festival’s vital statistics. Here’s the breakdown.

1. There’s actually been quite a lot of variety of headline acts

Arctic Monkeys, Blur, David Bowie, Muse, Oasis, Peter Gabriel, Pulp, Radiohead, REM and The Who are among the acts to have headlined twice in the festival’s 45-year history.

Coldplay, Elvis Costello, The Cure and Van Morrison have all appeared three times each.

2. Glastonbury has had its fair share of OAP performers

The Who sang, “I hope I die before I get old”, but neither they nor any of these other music legends have retired entirely from performing in their older years, proving age really is nothing but a number.

3. Rock reigns supreme, followed by pop 

Though originally called Pilton Pop, Blues And Folk Festival, all three of those genres have been sidelined by rock music.

4. All-male line-ups have been par for the course

Festival organiser Emily Eavis is keen to have more mixed line-ups, but has said gender problems in the music industry go deep.

This year will see Florence Welch on the Pyramid Stage – though she was not on the original line-up and replaces an all-male band, Foo Fighters. Paloma Faith and Patti Smith are also on the bill.

Other females who have played – and wowed audiences – at Glasto include Lily Allen, Blondie, Dolly Parton, Lana Del Rey, Lady Gaga and Adele.

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