So it begins – the Glastonbury 2019 rumour mill is set in motion…
Seeing 2018 is scheduled to be a “fallow year” for the beloved Worthy Farm, it just seems fitting to start speculating about the Glastonbury 2019 headliners as soon as possible, in an attempt to keep us all sane during this long haul journey ahead.
Emily Eavis, festival organiser and daughter of festival founder Michael Eavis, has said that booking is already well underway for Glastonbury 2019 while taking to Metallica drummer and Glasto lover, Lars Ulrich, on his new Beats 1 radio show, It’s Electric!
Despite the thousands of artists that have already graced Glastonbury Festival’s legendary Pyramid Stage over the years, Eavis said there are still a few acts on her wish list she’d love to see up there.
“There’s a few people I would love to get, like Fleetwood Mac, Tom Waits, Kate Bush, there’s a lot of people that haven’t done it.” Said Eavis.
She then went on to tout Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame Titans Led Zeppelin as one of her top short list picks.
Formerly made up of Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham, and John Paul Jones. Their last onstage reunion was in 2007.
She said: “Obviously, it would be great if we could have Led Zeppelin for example, but I don’t think that will ever happen,” before adding that the organisers had wooed the late Prince. “We got close to Prince, which would have been amazing, we would have loved to have had Prince, but unfortunately that didn’t happen.”
The Purple Rain singer was heavily rumoured for headlining the festival for many years leading up to his tragic death in April 2016.
Emily’s comments came as she mentioned the festival’s booking team, which is led by her husband Nick, which currently does most of the booking. She said: “me and my dad will still wade in with strong feelings about someone or another, but most of the time Nick will get a lot of the bookings done.”
“There is a lot of juggling to do, because there are hundreds of stages, thousands of acts, so you have to watch for all the clashes, and you have to kind of get the balance right.”
“We do it all year, even now we are booking for 2019, so we’ve had some agents on the phone this week, and in fact even before this year’s festival, they were asking to book some of the bigger slots for the next festival. We are really lucky in that respect that we have an incredible amount of people coming in, keen to play. We are in a good place at the moment.”
Reminiscing on this year’s festival, Emily went on to big up Stormzy for his phenomenal gig on the Other Stage. In regards to the 2018 “fallow year”, she admitted that the year off will allow “radical changes” to be made – especially to The Park area.
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