Tabloid confirms Metallica will headline Glastonbury Festival 2014

Metallica to be confirmed for Glastonbury Festival shortly

Tabloid confirms Metallica will headline Glastonbury Festival 2014

Photographer: Sara BowreyVirtual Festivals on 01 May 2014

Metallica will shortly be confirmed for the Saturday night slot on Worthy Farm, according to reports in the British press. Arcade Fire and Kasabian were previously confirmed as two of three headliners for the festival, playing the Friday and Sunday night respectively.

Now The Sun have made the call and announced Metallica will headline the Saturday night at the festival. Their report trails on the back of another piece from Holy Moly that said the exact same thing. The two reports have yet to be officially confirmed, or denied, by the festival organisers.

 

 

Emily Eavis did confirm on BBC Radio 6 Music earlier this month that the third headliner had been booked but the festival couldn't announce it until May for contractual reasons. There has been widespread speculation that Metallica's 'UK exclusive' appearence at Sonisphere in July meant that a Glastonbury announcement had to be held back until a date that Sonisphere promoters Kilimanjaro Live were agreeable to.

Michael Eavis is said to now be on the brink of announcing the American heavy metal band to close the Saturday evening under the Pyramid Stage, making them the first heavy metal group to ever headline the festival.

In October last year Metallica members reiterated their interest in playing Glastonbury Festival in Somerset.

Lars Ulrich told MTV News about his dreams of playing Glastonbury: "Every year there's probably less chance of us doing it than the previous year, but it just looks like it would be a fun night out.
 
"We've been fortunate enough to play every other festival on this planet numerous times, so Glastonbury is the only one that's eluding us. There's such a vibe and it's maybe the most quintessentially English festival.
 
"Everybody who goes there loves it and obviously Michael [Eavis] doesn't need our help – I completely appreciate and respect that – but if he ever wants to get hold of us we're in the Yellow Pages and ready to go!"

Our reader poll at the time revealed that 85% of users welcomed the news and wanted to see Metallica play Glastonbury this summer.


Hard rock and metal bands have previously fallen out of favour with the festival organisers after the death of nine fans at Roskilde, Denmark back in 2000 prompted concerns over their crowd safety implications. Michael Eavis said in 2002: "We've avoided that heavy American rock like Offspring because you get crowd-surfing, and all those things that seem to cause problems."

There have still been some notable metal and rock acts on the line-up through the years, including Hawkwind, Rage Against The Machine, Lostprophets, Billy Talent, Tool and Nine Inch Nails, who headlined The Other Stage in 2000.

Glastonbury Festival 2014 takes place from 25-29 June on Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset and all tickets are now sold out.

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