Glastonbury 2008: Radiohead out, Jay Z in

United Kingdom United Kingdom | | 09 January 2008

After telling reporters he'd booked a 'Black American' to top the bill, Kanye West was immediately thrust into the frame, following his well received set at V Festival last summer.

But Eavis has since revealed that the mystery headliner comes from New York, Jay Z's home city, whereas Kanye West comes from Chicago.

The Glastonbury Festival founder told XFM: “I’ve got a big black American artist that’s going to appeal to the younger people that I’m thrilled about. He's a great artist from New York. And a great British female artist that’s going to support him”.

Two bands who definitely won't be playing are Radiohead and Coldplay, who both ruled themselves out following enquiries by Glastonbury's organisers.

Eavis told BBC 6Music: “For one thing, the bands aren’t available. Radiohead are doing their own thing and Coldplay aren’t around this year either. All other regular headliners, they just weren’t there basically, so we had to look elsewhere and we’ve found some stuff that we’re absolutely thrilled about.

“I can’t expect those [regular] bands to come and do it every time y’know? Radiohead have played about five times, and they’ve been so good to us. The best set of all time, in the past fifty years was Radiohead in 1997.”

But there will be some the usual staple of bands that make Glastonbury so special and the 72-year-old is extremely excited about some of the music he's programmed for the Jazz World stage.

He said: “Of course we’ve got a load of all the other faves, I’ve got a wonderful selection of bands playing on the Jazz World stage. We were after one of four bands for headlining the Jazz World stage, and I got all four! I couldn’t believe it, so yes, it’s looking good.”

Registration for this year's Glastonbury Festival will be open from 9am on 1 February until midnight on 29 February. Registration won't reserve or guarantee you a ticket but if you don't register you won't be able to apply for one when they go on general sale on 6 April.

Glastonbury Festival will be held on the weekend of 27-29 June at Worthy Farm in Somerset.

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