Glastonbury fans are hoping the festival will soon reveal the identity of secretive band The Churnups.
It’s only a week before Glasto kicks off, with Arctic Monkeys, Guns N’ Roses and Elton John taking to the Worthy Farm Pyramid in Pilton from June 21-25. When the full line-up with stage times was revealed last month, much speculation arose that an unknown group called The Churnups would appear on the bill at 6:15 pm on the Friday of the festival, playing the Pyramid Stage before this at Royal Blood.
The most widespread theories pointed to Foo Fighters or the return of Britpop veterans Pulp. The buzz then turned to the Foos, after Dave Grohl teased fans with a message referring to “exciting” feelings.
Now, fans are hoping that the announcement will be made soon, after this morning (Thursday June 15) a banner was seen attracting attention with the words “Hey webcam!” on the official live web cam of the festival on the BBC. See an image of the poster below.
This comes as Lauren Laverne’s comments on her BBC 6 Music radio show this morning fueled speculation about an impending announcement.
“Right now, it’s going to be a band that … who knows? I wonder,” said Laverne, speaking of the band and looking out at the festival. “Their new album is definitely called ‘But Here We Are’. Foo Fighters on 6 Music, this is out on RCA … they’re breaking up, how did they could post on their social media…”
Some suggest that this could be the reason for the exposure of an artist like Radiohead’s in 2017, when the band’s iconic “bear face” logo was seen on the web cam drawn on the grass. However, earlier this week banners simply announcing the start of the festival appeared on the web cam.
For its part, Secret Glasto, a reliable source of Glastonbury surprise stage rumours, also expects Grohl and company to reveal themselves soon.
Foo Fighters have just kicked off their return tour in 2023, with Josh Freese as their new live drummer, while details of UK dates “to be announced soon” have also been revealed.
The Foos’ return to Worthy Farm would come after Grohl made a surprise cameo appearance during a Paul McCartney concert last year, and the band headlined the Pyramid Stage in 2017.
Pulp, for their part, recently kicked off their series of comeback concerts in Bridlington, before reuniting last week with Richard Hawley to perform “Common People”. This weekend they headline the Isle of Wight Festival, before continuing their 2023 UK tour.
The band have also added three more shows to their comeback tour: a huge outdoor show at Castlefield Bowl in Manchester on Tuesday 4 July and two intimate shows at the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith in London on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 July. Here you will find tickets and more information.
Meanwhile, weather forecasts for Glastonbury 2023 also seem to promise a mix of sunny and rainy conditions.