Michael Eavis confirmed today that he's already booked the three headliners for Glastonbury 2015, and one is an international band.
Speaking at the annual press conference onsite at the festival today (29 June), the Glastonbury organiser revealed that the three main acts for next year were in place, one of them was secured as he and band’s agent watched Metallica’s headlining set from the side of the stage, and that Prince was out of the running.. for now.
“We’ve got three headliners already – and that’s without Prince” Eavis said. “We had an agent [for a band] yesterday on the platform by the stage watching Metallica with me, saying ‘My band want to do it next year’. I can’t tell you who it was but that was done on the platform watching Metallica.”
Resisting the temptation to name names, Eavis gave reporters a slight clue when he was asked if the band signed up last night were from the UK: “Is it a British artist? He’s definitely British, but the band are not British anymore,” he said. Many are now speculating AC/DC are the band in question. Thought of as an Australian band, they comprise English singer Brian Johnson, the Young brothers, who emigrated there from Scotland, British bassist Cliff Williams and Australian drummer Phil Rudd.
As the rumours begin to start up for 2015 before this year’s festival has even ended, it may also be worth noting that Metallica share management with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse and Snow Patrol.
Expanding on the subject of Prince, a perennial Glastonbury rumour, Eavis said: “We’re always having a go at Prince, but it’s up to him whether he wants to do it or not. Most of the people in the world want him to play here. I did ask him to hop on the train and come down so I can show him around the farm sometime. It hasn’t been taken up yet.“
Glastonbury Festival 2014 concludes tonight with final headliners Kasabian.