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Glastonbury fans are trying to work out mystery of unknown band that's appeared on Pyramid Stage lineup

Glastonbury fans are trying to work out mystery of unknown band that's appeared on Pyramid Stage lineup

Who on earth are The Churnups?

The full line-up for this year's Glastonbury Festival is officially out and it's looking mighty good - but a mystery act on the Pyramid Stage has people scratching their heads.

Joining this year's headliners Elton John, Arctic Monkeys and Guns N' Roses are major names like Lana Del Rey, Lizzo, Queens of the Stone Age, and Blondie, to name a few.

But there's just one act that's got everybody's attention - because no one has ever heard of them.

The full Glasto line up is out.
Anthony Brown / Alamy Stock Photo

An act called The Churnups are due to play the Pyramid Stage on Friday evening, right before Royal Blood and Arctic Monkeys.

The Pyramid Stage being the festival's main stage, ticket-holders were surprised that they had never heard of an act so high up on its line-up.

But when people started looking into who The Churnups were, they couldn't find anything. It's almost as if they don't exist.

For any Glasto novice, this is a real treat, because if there's one thing that Glastonbury organisers like to do it's bring out a surprise act.

In previous years, surprise acts at the festival have included The Killers, Bastille, Franz Ferdinand, Lady Gaga, and Paolo Nutini.

Who on earth is playing before Arctic Monkeys?.

Could the Churnups be a pseudonym for another surprise performer?

Fans seem to think so, and have already gotten to work trying to figure out who it might be.

The first guest was British rock band Pulp.

The theory is, if you 'churn up' something, you're left with pulp. Makes sense, right?

Plus, Pulp have done a surprise set at Worthy Farm before, so it wouldn't be a bad guess.


But Pulp drummer Nick Banks has tried his best to shut down that rumour.

"Though it's very tempting to tease you lot again. I know nothing of the 'Churnups' band. Ok?" he wrote.

A dead end or a distraction? Who can say?

Another theory that's doing the rounds is that Dave Grohl might have something to do with it.

There was no sign of The Churnups in the original line up.

One super sleuth discovered that the Foo Fighters frontman was once in a band called Churn when he was just 14 years old.


Rather conveniently for the Dave Grohl truthers, a brand new Twitter account for The Churnups has popped up online, and is dropping Foo Fighters hints all over the place.

But could it be a little too obvious?


Others think it could be Blur, after band member Graham Coxon's other band The Waeve had to reschedule a gig that was originally slated for Friday 23 June (the date that The Churnups play The Pyramid Stage), and pushed it back to Sunday 25 June.

The detective work continues, but we won't get a definite answer on this until the moment 'The Churnups' walk out onto that stage.

Featured Image Credit: Roger Cracknell 01/classic / Alamy / Glastonbury

Topics: Glastonbury, Music, Festivals