Who could replace Arctic Monkeys at Glastonbury if they pull out? Latest odds

Several acts are in the running

Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys performs during the first day of the Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival on Sept. 16, 2022, in Las Vegas. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys was ordered to rest after being diagnosed with acute laryngitis just days before Glastonbury festival. (Getty Images)

The possibility of Arctic Monkeys going ahead with their headline slot at Glastonbury on Friday this year has been cast into doubt after singer Alex Turner was diagnosed with acute laryngitis.

Acute laryngitis is a condition where a person's vocal cords become swollen or irritated, it can take one to two weeks for it to go away by itself and so Turner was urged to rest.

The band confirmed the news on Monday, just days before they are set to headline the festival on Friday, 23 June. In a statement on Twitter that has since been deleted, the band confirmed they needed to cancel their show in Dublin earlier this week because of Turner's health.

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Since the news, bookmakers have shared their thoughts on who could replace Arctic Monkeys, revealing the betting odds for which bands it's most likely to be on Wednesday, 21 June.

Who could replace Arctic Monkeys at Glastonbury if they pull out? Latest odds

MANCHESTER, TENNESSEE - JUNE 18: (L-R)  Josh Freese and Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters perform duing 2023 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 18, 2023 in Manchester, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
Foo Fighters are the current bookies favourite to replace Arctic Monkeys if they pull out of Glastonbury (Getty Images)

According to bookies William Hill, Foo Fighters are the frontrunner to replace Arctic Monkeys as headliners with 4/11 odds of it happening. The band may already be attending Glastonbury, as several people believe that they are the festival's mystery act The Churnups.

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Pulp has 11/8 odds of replacing Arctic Monkeys, while bookies have also given Harry Styles 4/1 odds of doing so as well. Other acts seen to be favourites include Coldplay, Blur and Britney Spears.

Here are the latest odds for the Arctic Monkeys' replacement:

  • Foo Fighters 4/11

  • Pulp 11/8

  • Harry Styles 4/1

  • Coldplay 5/1

  • Blur 5/1

  • Britney Spears 7/1

  • Chemical Brothers 8/1

Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis has said that they have a plan B in place should the band have to pull out of the festival entirely.

Eavis told The Times magazine: "I think we are going to be all right. They’ve cancelled that [Dublin gig], he’s recovering. I’m sure we’re going to be all right.

“We’ve got a couple of back-up plans if not. We’ve always got back-up plans for everything.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Harry Styles performs on stage during The BRIT Awards 2023  at The O2 Arena on February 11, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Harry Styles is also a frontrunner to replace Arctic Monkeys at Glastonbury (Getty Images)

In a statement, William Hill spokesperson, Lee Phelps, said: “With Arctic Monkeys’ decision to pull out of their Glastonbury set looking ever more likely at 1/7, we make American rock band Foo Fighters the most likely act to replace them as the Friday headliners at 4/11.

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“British artists will always relish the opportunity to play in their home nation’s biggest festival, Pulp also in contention to fill in for the Monkeys at 11/8. A first Glastonbury performance for Harry Styles might also not be far away and he is 4/1 to assume the vacancy should it appear.”

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