The Churnups are a mysterious act that is set to play at one of the premier slots at the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival 2023. The act is set to play on the opening day of the festival on June 23, 2023, at the Worthy Farm venue, and the mysterious band and the lack of information about them have set fans abuzz with speculation.
The band, which has a Twitter account but no image or supporting information, was teased by the festival in its full lineup reveal on May 30, 2023.
Fans are guessing as to who the mysterious act might be, perplexed by the center stage attention being given by the festival to such an act, as one netizen summed up in their tweet:
Fans speculate The Churnups to be a big act
The mystery surrounding the act has garnered attention on social media, with many reacting to the lineup by guessing who the band might be. Some of the initial speculation surrounding the band was that it was actually Pulp. However, Pulp band member Nick Banks released a statement that ended such speculation, stating that Pulp was not The Churnups.
Other speculation suggests the band Foo Fighters. Fans point to the Seattle Times interview, which reveals that Barrett Jones and Dave Grohl used to be part of a band called the Churn as teenagers, before the formation of Nirvana or the Foo Fighters. Internet media has also pointed out that Over and Out, with which Nick Banks ended his tweet, is a 2005 Foo Fighters song.
Some fans have also pointed out Dave Grohl’s leg cast in the Churnups teasers, as well as the hawk on the Glastonbury festival posters, which could be a nod to the late Foo Fighters drummer Tony Hawkins.
The other speculations have included a reunion of Oasis, an act with Mel Giedroyc, or even the 1975, though most of the other speculations seem to be more fan theories than knowledge-based conjectures.
Some fans are, however, reacting by stating that there isn’t enough information to speculate on the topic as of yet and that everyone should wait for more information before speculating as to who the Churnups really are.
The Glastonbury Festival will be celebrating its 53rd anniversary this year, having been first held in 1970. The festival follows a fallow pattern in between three and five editions, a pattern that was set by the 1992 fiasco involving the Travellers, which is considered to be the last nail in the coffin of the British free festivals.
The festival has been a source of controversy in terms of its ticketing, following the end of the free festival, with the festival releasing a limited number of tickets compared to high demand. The festival this year has been met with criticism for its all-male headliner sets.
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