At 2017’s instalment of Glastonbury Festival, fans of heavy
music were treated to the first ever stage dedicated entirely to the genre of
extreme metal. This built upon the foundations laid by Metallica with their
much deserved – and long anticipated – Saturday headline set in 2014.
It seems as though the United Kingdom’s largest music
festival is starting to accept the prescience of hard rock and heavy metal into
its generally mainstream sensibilities, and with the success of headliners like
Foo Fighters and the aforementioned Metallica, a door has been opened to heavy
bands, presenting them with an opportunity seldom seen.
Introducing these heavier genres to the bill will not only benefit the acts themselves, but the festival as a whole, who stand to gain both financially and in terms of exposure from the added audience.
There are many legitimate claimants for a Glastonbury
headline set in the worlds of hard rock and heavy metal respectively, but some
acts tower above the rest, not only in size, but through sheer stage presence and
all-round audience investment.
Who knows? A few years down the line some of these acts
might actually receive the elusive honour…