The xx singer and guitarist Romy Croft has responded to speculation that they are set to become future headliners of Glastonbury Festival: “The only way you can go is up,” she said.

Having recently played second on the bill of the 2017 event behind headliners Radiohead, Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis claimed that the strength of the festival line-up has meant that The xx are among many unlucky not to be top of the bill: “I feel like Biffy Clyro, Katy Perry, The National, The xx, Major Lazer – they’re all bands that could headline really. We’re really lucky we’ve managed to fit so many incredible bands onto one weekend, on a farm,” Eavis said.

Reflecting on their rise to stardom in conversation with Matt Wilkinson sitting in for Zane Lowe on Beats 1 Radio, Romy Croft said: “A few people have said that, the next step is, the only way you can go is up. I’m stumbling thinking about it because I think that does feel very crazy to me that that’s even being talked about for us. We’ve come so much further than I ever imagined, I think that this band came from a really unambitious place, which I’m not embarrassed to say because, we were so private about making the music and we were so insular with it.”

“Our first album, we genuinely didn’t think anyone was going to hear it, so when a lot of people did, it was a shock. Now I think we have got ambitious, and we really love a challenge. So that’s a win for me that you’re even talking about us as a thought of Glastonbury headliners.”

“I’ve been picturing that moment in my head over and over again, imagining what it would feel like, and I kept saying to people I’m nervous, and people said to me, just try and take it in, just try and actually be there in the moment and look out and take it in, so I’ve tried really hard to do that. Looking out and seeing people sing along and seeing people get lost in the moment is really beautiful,” she added while reflecting on memories of the festival.

“For some reason, that was the bit that I thought was going to get me, so when I saw the flags, that was going to throw me off, so I made a point of going up on the stage before we played. I watched a bit of Royal Blood and that really helped my nerves, just getting up there and being like, ‘okay, it’s a festival, it’s a festival stage, I’ve been on this before’. I just kept being like, ‘it’s Glastonbury, it’s so massive, it’s so important to us’, and I think I was just scaring myself.”

“I bumped into Ed from Radiohead when I was walking to the stage, and he said that he was nervous, I found that comforting actually.”

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