Glastonbury Festival releases new poster following Lana Del Rey criticism

Glastonbury Festival has released a new poster for its line-up this year, with Lana Del Rey placed higher than she was previously following apparent criticism from the singer.

Lana Del Rey

Del Rey, who releases her ninth studio album, Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd, next week, appeared to initially imply she would pull out of the festival after she wasn’t announced as a headliner.

Typically, Glasto lists its headliners at the top of its poster, with the remaining acts following in alphabetical order. Yet with Lizzo’s name also appearing on the top row of the initial billing, even though she isn’t one of the three official Pyramid Stage acts, many fans began to wonder why their beloved Lana wasn’t also placed higher.

Much ado about nothing? For most people, yes. But when Lana Del sarcastically commented on her private Instagram “Thanks for announcing that I was headlining the other stage”, some began to speculate whether the singer would no longer play Glastonbury altogether.

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What’s more, given this follows a whip-round of criticism at the festival’s all-male trio of headliners for its prestigious Pyramid Stage – after Arctic Monkeys and Guns N’ Roses were recently added to the billing with Sir Elton John  – the last thing Glasto organisers, and fans alike, would want is for a major female artist to pull out.

And now it seems Glasto have sought to rectify their poster placement mishap by issuing a new display today – one that features Lana Del Rey’s name five rows higher than on the previous poster.


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When the original lineup was released, and criticism sparked, Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis responded by calling on the industry to do more to develop more headline-worthy female artists.

She told The Guardian: “We’re trying our best so the pipeline needs to be developed. This starts way back with the record companies, radio. I can shout as loud as I like but we need to get everyone on board.”

Today’s poster announcement follows the release of Lana’s latest single ahead of her forthcoming album. ‘Grants’ follows the impressive 7-plus-minute ‘A&W’, released last month.

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