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Biffy Clyro discuss possibility of a Glastonbury 2020 appearance

Biffy Clyro discuss possibility of a Glastonbury 2020 appearance

Could the Scottish three-piece be set to return to Worthy Farm for a performance at Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary this June

Biffy Clyro have addressed a question about the possibility of the band playing Glastonbury 2020.

The Scottish three-piece – who are made up of Simon Neiland brothers Ben and James Johnston – were asked by Radio X’s Gordon Smart whether they will be appearing on the “Glastonbury stage” this year, to which frontman Simon Neil smiled: “That would be telling!”


He added: “We’ll be doing a couple of shows this summer. We’re not sure exactly what yet, Gordon. It’s kinda early days, but we’re just getting our summer lined up.

“We’re going to be touring later in the year for certain and we’re just getting a few bits and bobs for the summer, so we can’t say too much”.

See the rocker’s respond in the video below.

Apart from a soundtrack they wrote for 2019 film Balance, ‘Not Symmetry’ – ‘Instant History’ – which was released yesterday (February 20) – is Biffy’s first new music since their 2016 number one album ‘Ellipsis’. Their eighth album, yet unnamed, will follow later this year.

Biffy have previously talked about the possibility of headlining Glastonbury, joking that they’re “waiting for that call” to headline the Worthy Farm-held Festival.

Speaking to BANG Showbiz at London’s Roundhouse last October, James said: “My phone is not on silent, we’re ready for the call should it come… obviously Glastonbury is an institution that you can’t say too much about, we’ve had many great appearances here over the years… and you know, we’re waiting for that call… were ready, we’re ready…”


However, last year Simon Neil wasn’t thrilled with Fleetwood Mac after reports that the pop-rock titans turned down the Festival due to insufficient funds.

Speaking to the Daily Star newspaper’s Wired column, the frontman, said: “Look at Fleetwood Mac. There’s not enough money for them, those cheeky bastards!

“It is such a shame, isn’t it? It’s not in the spirit of Glastonbury, it’s not about the money.

“If the Rolling Stones can do it, Kanye did it, U2, and you’re telling me Fleetwood Mac can’t? Fuck it, no way.”

This all comes after Neil had already previously said back in 2018 that the band is ready to headline Glastonbury Festival.

Biffy Clyro last played Glastonbury in 2017 ahead of Ed Sheeran’s Pyramid Stage headline set. They also played the Festival in 2011, 2008 and 2007 prior to that.


Lana Del Rey was the 4th big-name act to be officially confirmed for playing Glastonbury later this summer and joins Taylor Swift who was the second headliner and third artist to be announced for the 2020 edition of the Festival – after Paul McCartney, and Diana Ross who was officially confirmed earlier last year as Glastonbury’s 50-anniversary ‘Legends’ slot performer.

Also confirmed for the bill are Wolf Alice who were announced as playing Glastonbury’s 50th by non-other than Glasto founder, Michael Eavis himself.

Mike Skinner, Carl CoxFun Lovin’ Criminals,  Crowded House and most recently Clairo are the latest big-scale artists to self-confirm for the Festival’s 2020 bill thus far.

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 are still ways to go to Glastonbury this year, and in addition to being able to volunteer or enter the various competitions – there will also 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 on April 19.

Glastonbury 2020 will take place at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset – from Wednesday 24th to Sunday 28th June.

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