The lineup for Glastonbury Festival 2023 was released on Monday – but one artist, set to play a coveted Friday slot on The Pyramid Stage, has never been heard of before.
The mystery addition to the pyramid lineup goes by the name The ChurnUps – but they have zero online footprint which has set tongues wagging.
Whoever they are, Glastonbury organisers have placed them in a predominant timeslot in-between class acts, Royal Blood and Texas.
Fans have been quick to assume the secret act is the Rock band Pulp because they are nowhere to be seen on the lineup despite their appearance being anticipated.
One fan wrote: ‘So guessing that The ChurnUps (Friday night) on the Glasto schedule = Pulp. To churn up or agitate or pulp…’, another added.
Who is Glastonbury’s mystery act The ChurnUps? Unknown artist is confirmed to play the Pyramid Stage’s coveted Friday slot – and fans think they’ve worked out who it is!
ChurnUps who? The lineup for Glastonbury Festival 2023 were released on Monday but The ChurnUps have no online footprint, leaving people baffled
‘I’ve got everything crossed that you’re right about TheChurnUps being Pulp. I don’t know if there’s a connection there or if it’s just a made up name…’
‘Any idea about The ChurnUps? 3rd down on Pyramid between Royal Blood and Texas, but never heard of them and no online presence.’
‘ChurnUps? Churn something up or else you could just Pulp it?’
Another said: ‘if the churnUps actually turn out to be pulp I’m not making it out of Friday alive bc like pulp + am?????’
Pulp last played at Glastonbury in 2011 when they took to The Park Stage for their secret set.
Whispers of a possible band reunion started when Jarvis Cocker played solo at Glastonbury Festival in 2022.
The band’s bassist Steve Mackey passed away on January 2 aged 56 after spending 12 weeks in hospital ‘fighting with all his strength’.
The news came as a huge shock to fans, coming five months after Steve revealed he wouldn’t be taking part in Pulp’s reunion.
Could it be? Fans have been quick to assume the secret act is the Rock band Pulp because to ‘churn up’ and ‘pulp’ mean the same thing
Bassist: Steve Mackey died aged 56 on January 2 (pictured performing at Leeds Festival in 2011)
The band had initially been formed in 1978 by a 15-year-old Jarvis and Peter Dalton, then 14.
Steve was asked to join the band in 1989 after following Pulp and befriending Jarvis.
The band’s first album including Mackey, and their third altogether, was called Separations and led to new success throughout the 1990s and they signed with Island Records.
The festival which takes place from June 21-25 at Somerset’s Worthy Farm, will see the likes of Queens Of The Stone Age, Skepta and The Chemical Brothers joining the already confirmed headline acts.
Arctic Monkeys, Guns N’ Roses and Elton John are the Pyramid stage headline acts from Friday through to Sunday respectively.
‘To churn yup, or agitate or pulp!’ Fans took to Twitter to speculate just who The ChurnUps could be and many thought it could be Pulp
Other new confirmed acts include Royal Blood, Caroline Polachek and Digga D, as the entire line-up has now been announced.
Rock duo Royal Blood will play before Arctic Monkeys on Friday.
The entire lineup, including timings and stages, is available to view on the Glastonbury website.
80s icon Rick Astley will open the bill on Saturday, playing the festival for the first time.
The rumour mill continues since Glastonbury have kept quiet about two high-profile ‘TBA’ slots in the Woodsies tent on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Music fans can expect drier weather conditions, with the Met Office forecasting “mostly dry conditions” for the UK during the week of the festival.
Back in March, Glastonbury Festival organiser Emily Eavis spoke out in defence of the ‘boring’ line-up of all male acts after Arctic Monkeys and Guns N’ Roses were announced as the final two headliners, joining Sir Elton John at the top of the bill.
Out of the 30 headline acts announced since 2010 only four have been women – Beyonce, Adele, Billie Eilish, Florence and the Machine – with Emily claiming it’s due to a ‘problem in the pipeline.’
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.’
She added that they remain ‘entirely focused on balancing our bill. It’s not just about gender, it’s about every aspect of diversity.’
Lineup: Fans have been quick to assume the secret act is the Rock band Pulp as they are no where to be seen on the lineup