The Verve added to Glastonbury rumour mill

The Verve's lead singer, Richard Ashcroft, has said it would be a 'travesty' if his band didn't headline the Glastonbury Festival in 2008.

The lead singer has suggested that anything short of the top slot for his band would be a farce.

When XFM asked the Lancashire-born songwriter if he thought the recently reformed outfit should headline Glastonbury he said: “I think it would be a travesty if we didn’t.”

Ashcroft went on to defend his comments by saying: “We’re one of the few bands that can jam without sounding like Lynyrd Skynyrd on a bad night, so we can actually take people on a proper journey, rock n roll wise.”

Glastonbury’s co-organiser, Emily Eavis, was in attendance at one of the band’s Camden gigs last week which has further fuelled the speculation they will perform at the event for the first time since 1995.

Ashcroft’s sensational remarks have put The Verve on a growing rumour list which already includes Radiohead, Blur, Kylie Minogue and Muse.