Update: Glastonbury not going Olympic in 2012
United Kingdom | 12 March 2010
Glastonbury Festival officials have now confirmed that there is absolutely no truth to rumours that Glastonbury Festival may have a presence at the Olympic Games in London in 2012
The reports alleged that the Somerset event, which pushed its 'fallow year' back 12 months so as not to clash with the Olympic Games, was considering allowing its Pyramid Stage to be transported to Hackney Marshes for a one-off music festival for 40,000 fans, in celebration of the games.
Festival organiser Emily Eavis today rubbished these claims and confirmed to Virtual Festivals that there is absolutely no chance that Glastonbury Festival will be involved in such an event. 2012 will remain a fallow year for the festival.
This does not rule out a music festival taking place in the capital in 2010 and Hackney Marshes would be an ideal venue for this, having hosted large outdoor music events in the past such as Mardi Gras and the Essential Weekender.
Elsewhere, fans have set up a Facebook petition here to get Iron Maiden to perform at the opening or closing ceremony of the London Olympics.
It seems certain that there will be at least one major music event taking place around the games, but it will definitelty not involve Glastonbury Festival.
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