Michael Eavis has apologised to Dire Straits fans for raising hopes that the band may be reforming for next year's Glastonbury - they're not. On a better note, the festival boss has just received a top award...
Eavis gave a radio interview with XFM recently in which he claimed that ’80s rockers Dire Straits were in the frame for the 2007 festival.
“I’m talking to them at the moment,” he told presenter Shaun Keavney. “It’s not for the main stage but for something else.”
However, following intense specualtion since the broadcast, the Glastonbury Festival website has posted a message saying. “To set the record straight, Dire Straits will not be playing next year’s Glastonbury. We apologise to anyone who had their hopes up, and of course, to the band and their management for the misunderstanding.”
It can’t have upset the world of music management too much. Last night Eavis received the prestigious Roll of Honour from the Music Managers’ Forum, which is voted for by industry execs.
The festival founding farmer said it was “thrilling” and praised the event’s unique mix of arts and culture as the reason for him being honoured in such a way.
Talking on BBC News this morning he said it was a sign of how far the festival has come that music managers now phone him constantly wanting to get their bands to play at Glastonbury, when up until the late ’90s he was the one pestering them begging for their bands.
For more insights into the development of the festival, check out the new film ‘Glastonbury‘ which documents its 35 year history and is on at selected cinemas now. Read our interview with the film’s director Julien Temple here.