Rumour mill: The Smiths for Glastonbury 2013?

The perennial reunion rumour

Rumour mill: The Smiths for Glastonbury 2013?

Photographer:Sara Bowrey

Chris Swindells - 01 October 2012

The perennial reunion rumour has reared its head once again, today speculation circulating online that legendary English indie-rock outfit The Smiths are to reform, with at least three quarters of their original line-up.

Following the high profile, and highly profitable, reunion of The Stone Roses in 2012, a potential reformation of The Smiths would argubly be viewed as the biggest reunion event of this generation. Like with their fellow Madchester musicians any reunion would expect to feature a performance in their hometown of Manchester, the former opting for three sell-out shows at Heaton Park in June of this year.

Active from 1982-1987, The Smiths, signed to Rough Trade, shaped the British independent music scene more than any other band in our history and left four albums and a flurry of compilation and 'greatest hits' albums in their wake.

This isn't the first time these rumours have been tossed around. In October of 2008, The Sun, citing "sources close to the band", reported that The Smiths would reform to play at the Coachella in 2009 which was quickly scotched by the NME. The band have a long and well publicised history of denying any intention or interest in reforming. In 2006, Morrissey declared, "I would rather eat my own testicles than reform The Smiths, and that's saying something for a vegetarian."

Coachella Festival are also seen as a potential home for an historic reunion performance, specially as Morrissey recently revealed that the festival had offered $5million - and to make the whole event meat-free - in return for a reunion of just Marr and himself.

“Interestingly the agents for Coachella offered a 100% vegetarian event if I would agree to headline with Johnny Marr as the Smiths,” Morrissey told the Australian Herald. “Fascinatingly they made it clear that they would 'not require' the Smiths' bass player or drummer... which I thought certainly said something.”

Former Streets man Mike Skinner also tweeted this at midday today: "they're playing The Smiths in starbucks. is that coz 75% of them are getting back together for glastonbury?"

Last week Emily Eavis ruled The Stone Roses out of a Glastonbury 2013 performance via her personal twitter feed.

Glastonbury 2013 tickets will cost £216 (£205, plus £5 booking fee per ticket and £6 postage & packing per order) each. Entry for children aged 12 and under will remain free.

Glastonbury 2013 tickets go on sale this Sunday (October 7th) from 9am and anyone hoping to get some must now be registered online as registration closed yesterday. You can visit us from Sunday morning for all the latest updates on the status of ticket sales through the morning.

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