Glastonbury secret sets and special guests: all the rumours

Ssssh. It's a secret.


Glastonbury is no stranger to a secret set or a surprise performance and this year there’s already been a lot of chatter about who might make a little sneaky appearance down on Worthy Farm in 2024.

Last year’s secret sets came from Rick Astley, Foo Fighters and The Pretenders so it’s anyone’s guess who will pop up this year. The festival has aired concerns about overcrowding so we may see less than in previous years but there are already a few To Be Announced slots appearing on the lineup and the rumour mills are churning.

These are the slots we’re waiting on.


Scissors, Thursday, 23:15 – 00:30

Firmly Rooted, Friday, 01:00 – 02:00

Scissors, Friday, 22;30 – 23:30

Scissors, Friday, 01:30 – 02:30

Scissors, Friday, 02:30 – 03:30

Woodsies, Saturday, 18:00 – 19:00 [the biggie]

BBC Introducing, Saturday, 16:30 -17:30

BBC Introducing, Sunday, 19:30 – 20:00

Wishing Well, Sunday, 21:00 – 22:00

How do you find out about secret sets?

If you’re on-site, pick up a copy of the Glastonbury Free Press each morning. The on-site newspaper often hints at the day’s secret sets.

Download the official Glastonbury app – a pop-up notification will often tell you ahead of time on the day.

Follow the SecretGlasto Twitter account. It’s not cranked into gear yet but it has been spot-on at predicting secret sets in the past.

Who’s confirmed to play a secret set this year?

Newton Faulkner! A last-minute booking, Faulkner announced that he would be playing the Avalon stage at 9:40pm on Saturday but had no idea of the booking last week.

Aside from this, we haven’t seen anything confirm. The Saturday 6pm Woodsies slot has the potential to be the biggest name at the moment.

Who’s rumoured to play?


Rumour has it Serge and the lads will be heading down to Glasto this year. In fact, William Hill have stopped taking bets on this now, so it sounds like a dead cert. Will they take that early evening Saturday Woodsies slot? The trouble with putting big names in a tent, is you can’t get anywhere near it, AKA Killers, 2017.

Troye Sivan

We’ve heard rumblings that the Aussie pop star is bringing his saucy show to Worthy Farm. We cannot wait to feel that rush.

Green Day

There’s a lot of chatter about this one but we’re not convinced. The band play Wembley on the Friday of Glastonbury and are clear for Saturday and Sunday. This writer interviewed Billie Joe Armstrong earlier in the year and posited the chance of them popping up but he said, they’ve never been asked. Maybe Emily Eavis, has since been on the blower?

Special guests

Alongside the secret sets, Glastonbury performers are known for bringing out a few special guests. Here are some of the rumblings we’ve heard so far about who might be joining the billed acts.

Dave Grohl

Foo Fighters are on tour in the UK around the festival. He’s a Farm Favourite, playing a secret set last year and popping up with various guests.

Billie Eilish

Another former headliner and friend of the Eavises, Billie’s schedule is pretty clear this summer. Might she pop up for a surprise performance? She was certainly in London last week.


This one is wishful thinking. Will she join Charli XCX’s partygirl set to sing ‘the girl so confusing version with lorde‘? It’s a DJ set, so singing anything isn’t really necessary, but it would be quite Brat to just turn up and look sexy.