Foo Fighters are the least inspiring Glastonbury headliner imaginable 

Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl performing at the Invictus Games Closing Concert in London 2014
Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl performing at the Invictus Games Closing Concert in London 2014 Credit: REX

Dave Grohl breaking his leg during a gig in Sweden was the best thing to happen to Glastonbury 2015. That might sound crass, but before you reach for your pitchforks, think back to how brilliant Florence + the Machine were on that Friday night, bumped up the bill to replace Grohl's Foo Fighters as headliners on the Pyramid Stage. Their performance brimmed with vim and verve, a fusillade of glittery baroque pop that aimed for the soul and did not miss.

Vindicating organiser Emily Eavis's claim that Florence Welch would "smash it", the set turned out to be the unexpected apex of an otherwise so-so year. That it was the first time a British female singer had headlined Glastonbury this century made the performance all the more special, not to mention necessary.  

Would Foo Fighters have caused such a stir? It's unlikely. Am I allowed, then, not to be remotely excited by the news that they will...


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