The Glastonbury curator says that Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin are “obviously never going to happen” – while also confirming that two out of three Pyramid headliners have already been booked and that they have “not done the Festival before”…
Emily Eavis, Glastonbury organiser and daughter of the legendary Festival founder – Michael Eavis – revealed some new information about the headliners for Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary in 2020.
While speaking with Jo Whiley at BBC Music Introducing Live earlier today (October 31), Eavis said that two out of three Pyramid headliners have been booked, and that neither of them has headlined the Pyramid Stage before – “We’ve got two out of three of our Pyramid headliners [booked]… And then we’ve got our Other Stage headliners, which are amazing… I think particularly because it’s the 50th we’ve got kind of Pyramid-level headliners on the Other Stage.” said Eavis.
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Taking place on 31 October – 2 November, 2019, the BBC Music Introducing Live event is set to welcome 15,000 budding musicians and industry talent at London’s iconic Tobacco Dock.
The conversation lasted about 45 minutes, in which the Glastonbury organiser also told a packed audience that Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin are two bands that are obviously never going to play Glastonbury, saying – “It’s an amazing privilege to be able to book who we want to book, in many cases,” Eavis told Whiley. “It’s not quite as easy as everybody thinks in terms of people saying ‘Can’t you just get Led Zepplin?’ or ‘Why haven’t you asked Pink Floyd?’ You know, those kind of things which are just obviously never going to happen.”
She continued: “But you know the rest of the stuff is really great and for us, it’s amazing after kind of 50 years to be able to almost pick and kind of choose who you want and who – and in a way interestingly actually the two that we’ve booked have not done the festival before and I don’t know if now that creates… I hope now you don’t narrow it down and guess!”
This comes after earlier in the month Eavis had already ruled out that both Fleetwood Mac and Led Zepplin from playing Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary.
Asked about what she expects the reaction to be to next year’s headliners, Glastonbury’s co-organiser said she always anticipates outrage.
“I always anticipate outrage, because that’s kind of quite often what we get, but I think hopefully people will be really happy!” she explained. “I think it’s something to be very proud of, what we’ve got for next year. It’s looking so good. And we’ve also got you know, bands that are you know Glastonbury, well-loved, proper Glastonbury kind of – I want to say Glastonbury goers really, because they’re the kind of people that come to the festival as well as play there. So we’ve got lots of those as well. It’s a good mix.”
Eavis also reiterated the fact that The Pier aka Glastonbury-on-sea “will have even more there” for 2020 – as her father Michael Eavis first revealed a couple of months ago. As well as additions to The Pier, she also revealed they are considering expanding the Pyramid Stage area somehow to accommodate for some “big moments” at the 50th.
Elsewhere during the chat, while discussing the new Glastonbury 50 publication – Glastonbury Festival’s official book compiled by Michael and Emily Eavis to celebrate the Festival’s 50th anniversary – Eavis reminisced back to her childhood when she was growing up on the now legendary worth Farm. Eavis shared the story of being a five-year-old and playing ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’ on the Pyramid Stage ahead of a headline set by The Style Council – While the crowd continued to demand encores, but knowing only one song, the young Eavis continued to play the child’s practise tune.
The full interview is available online over at BBC Sounds – It starts at around the 1:14:55 time mark.
- Emily Eavis, Michael Eavis
- Publisher: Trapeze
- Hardcover: 304 pages
In a heartening way, Emily also noted that Lionel Richie, who played the Legends slot iconic Pyramid Stage in front of a massive crowd back in 2015, “is so friendly that he will speak to everyone.” As such, organisers had to clear the walkway before his Legends slot, for fear he would waste so much time on the way to the stage.
Once done with his performance, the American star asked to visit the local town of Pilton, where he stopped to speak to several families and, reportedly, “wouldn’t leave.” Then, Richie asked the Glastonbury team: “what’s this?” Lionel Richie had “discovered moss.”
Meanwhile, Mike Skinner and Carl Cox are the latest big-scale artist to self-confirm for Glastonbury 50th, following official announcement confirmations of both Wolf Alice and Diana Ross for the Glastonbury 2020 bill.
Despite the fact that the full line-up for Glastonbury 2020 has yet to be released – all tickets for the Festival’s 50th anniversary have now sold out, with General Admission tickets selling out in 33 minutes, following Coach + Ticket Packages which sold out in just 27 minutes.
There will be a resale of any cancelled tickets in the spring, with coach + ticket packages going up for resale on April 16 – followed by a general admission tickets resale (which don’t include travel) on April 19.
Glastonbury 2020 will take place at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset – from Wednesday 24th to Sunday 28th June.