Following the untimely death of broadcaster John Peel, one of his favourite bands The Undertones has asked to headline the stage at Glastonbury which will now be named in his honour.
[r-zone1]Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis has hinted that The Undertones may be the first band to headline the newly renamed John Peel Stage (formerly the New Bands tent) at next year’s festival. The track ‘Teenage Kicks’ by the band was widely known to be Peel’s favourite song.
“As soon as The Undertones found about the John Peel Stage they were on the phone asking if they could play on the stage because John helped make them too,” Eavis told the Bristol Evening Post. “I expect they will be headlining on the John Peel Stage on the Saturday.”
[l-zone2]He added: “John was always involved in Glastonbury and he was instrumental in the success of many bands that have played there. I remember him talking about The Smiths in 1983 so I went to watch them play at Bristol University and they were terrific, so I booked them for Glastonbury 1984.
“John Peel helped to make them, and they were brilliant – that’s what helped turn Glastonbury around really.”
[r-zone3]Other bands being talked about to appear are hip-hop superstars Outkast, as well as Razorlight, Franz Ferdinand, Snow Patrol and The Streets – as exclusively revealed by Virtual Festivals.As previously reported, U2 will not be headlining the main stage this year and while Eavis did not disclose who is now heading his wish list, Prince is again being rumoured to appear.