Glastonbury 2016 headliners 'already booked' says Emily Eavis

The three main acts for next year have already signed on the dotted line according to Glastonbury organiser

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Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis has revealed that next year’s headline acts have already been booked.

This year’s festival may be yet to even open its gates but Eavis, daughter of the Somerset event’s founder Michael Eavis, told Digital Spy that the big names for next year are already in place.

"We've got three headliners for next year, so that's completely sorted," Eavis said. "We're in a really good position in that respect because it means we can now focus on the rest of the bill."

The festival, which starts later this week, has already had a few last-minute changes and has drawn controversy for its bookings.

Friday night’s headline act The Foo Fighters were replaced with Florence + the Machine after Foos frontman Dave Grohl broke his leg falling off stage in Sweden and was forced to pull out.

Saturday night’s scheduled headliner Kanye West has provoked a backlash from some festival-goers with more than 134,000 signing a petition calling for his set to be cancelled and Eavis receiving death threats over the booking.

Worthy Farm’s famous Pyramid Stage is set to be graced by The Who on Sunday night and Paul Weller will perform in the slot directly beforehand.

Discussing keeping the balance between the rock and indie acts that visitors to Worthy Farm have traditional heard from and other genres such as dance and hip hop, Eavis said: "This year I think it's an incredibly diverse lineup. We just try to make sure that if there's two bands of a similar nature, that they're not playing at exactly the same time.”

"Sometimes there's a bit of a crossover, but we try to have it so there aren't too many bad clashes. Obviously they are some, but that's just something we work on."

This year’s festival is expected to be a muddy one with spells of wet weather early this week set to leave the fields sodden.