Prince pulled out of Glastonbury over speculative rumours

Prince's refusal proved good news for Metallica

Prince pulled out of Glastonbury over speculative rumours

Photographer: Sara BowreyAli Ryland on 24 June 2014

Responding to a special question and answer feature in The Guardian, Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis revealed that Prince's people had been in contact about a possible headline slot this coming Glastonbury. “But before he confirmed he got really upset because he thought we had advertised that he was playing. We hadn’t,” Eavis explains, “but with social media, rumours get everywhere, and one of those rumours was that Prince was coming. So he didn't want to do it in the end.

Prince was before in conversation with Eavis about a possible Glastonbury Festival 2011 slot before confirming Hop Farm Festival 2011 instead.

The news follows revelations that Prince, with his new band -  3rd Eye Girl, have another complete full-length album of material – separate from 'Plectrum Electrum' – ready to release sometime in the near future. Neither of the two records have a release date but new tracks have already been emerging online and through live performances. The 56-year-old singer-songwriter has also been working with British singer Rita Ora on one of the unreleased tracks.

Eavis also mentioned that Metallica have long been keen to play the Worthy Farm event, suggesting that the metal giants’ top spot was a lucky grab for them amid knowledge that Prince was close to confirming a headlining slot. “They ring every year, and they're so polite about it,Eavis said. “’We'd love to be there, we're getting older, can we play it now?" That sort of thing. The least I can do is to watch them.

Arcade Fire, Metallica and Kasabian will headline Glastonbury Festival 2014, which takes place from 25-29 June on Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset. Glastonbury Festival tickets for 2014 have now sold out.

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