The Glastonbury Festival countdown has officially begun and there has been much speculation as to who might fill the missing line-up spots.
Big names like Arctic Monkeys, Lizzo and Blondie are already on the 2023 schedule, but there are still a few spots left for surprise performances. Glastonbury recently added Rick Astley and Queens of the Stone Age to the list, among several other new names.
Previous Secret sets have featured the likes of Lady Gaga, Franz Ferdinand and George Ezra.
Word of mouth aside, news of who the TBA cast members might be is often shared via the Twitter account @Secretglastowhich claims to notify followers of suspected appearances a few hours before the start.
The account, which has more than 52,000 followers as of this writing, has previously been correct on previous Glastonbury surprises such as The Killers (2017), The Libertines (2015), and Glass Animals (2017).
Who are the most rumored acts for 2023?
Sheffield Britpop band Pulp are among the top acts who could play secret sets at this year’s Glastonbury.
The speculation arose after Glastonbury shared their line-up times and a random band called The ChurnUps performed on the Pyramid Stage in front of the Arctic Monkeys.
As such, many festival-goers seem to think The ChurnUps is referring to Pulp, whose reunion tour, which kicked off earlier this month, has a vacancy on June 23rd. They also think this could be the Sheffield band because if you stir something up, it turns to mush.
Should a secret pulp set materialize, it’s likely Jarvis Cocker will headline a duet with fellow Sheffield-born musician Alex Turner for the Arctic Monkeys later tonight. Maybe even feature Richard Hawley, who supports Pulp on certain dates and has worked with Turner in the past?
Pulp drummer Nick Banks addressed the rumours, writing: “Although it’s very tempting to tease you all again. I don’t know anything about the band ChurnUps. OK?”
Who were the secret actors last year?
The @Secretglasto account has successfully predicted the most secret acts of 2022.
George Ezra, Jack White and Bastille were among the key unknown acts at last year’s event. Ezra was predicted after a photo of a sign that read “Gold Rush Kid, John Peel Stage – 2pm” surfaced on Instagram.
The singer’s latest album was titled Gold Rush Kidwhich prompted the @TheGlastoThing Twitter account to correctly guess him for the expected slot.
Here’s how to find out
Once the festival begins, rumors about who is playing the secret sets will become even louder, with word of mouth from festival staff spreading rumours.
All unannounced seasons at Glastonbury 2023
Pyramid, Friday – The Churnups – 6:15pm – 7:30pm
Woodsies, Friday, 7:30-8:30 p.m
Woodsies, Saturday 6pm to 7pm
The Park, Saturday, 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m
The Rabbit Hole, Saturday, 1 a.m. to 2 a.m
The Rabbit Hole, Sunday, 11:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m
The Temple, Friday, 10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m
The Temple, Saturday, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m
The Temple, Saturday, 3:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
The Rum Shack, Sunday, 12pm to 1am
Truth Stage, Saturday, 1:30 a.m. to 2:15 a.m
Platform 23, Saturday, 3:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m
If you’re not there this year, find out Here’s how to watch the festival at home.