The Scottish rock band say they are “ready”
Biffy Clyro – who are made up of Simon Neiland brothers Ben and James Johnston – have topped the bill at several festivals around the UK, but have never held the top spot at biggest one of them all, Glastonbury Festival.
Speaking to BANG Showbiz at the Q Awards which took place Wednesday, October 16 at The Roundhouse in London, James Johnston 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…”
— BANG Showbiz (@BANGShowbiz) October 16, 2019
At the same event, Biffy Clyro’s frontman, Simon Neil said that the band “are here for the call Emily [Eavis], if you want to give us a call…” – He also addressed the news of Fleetwood Mac being ruled out for Glastonbury’s 50th due to them asking to be paid more than the Festival can afford, saying: “Money is not why you do Glastonbury…” while half-jokingly adding “We would be happy to take Fleetwood Mac’s spot though, and we’ll take have their fee”.
— Q Magazine (@QMagazine) October 17, 2019
This comes after Neil said back in 2018 that the band is ready to headline Glastonbury.
The Scottish rock band last took to the Pyramid Stage at the Worthy Farm held Festival in 2017, ahead of Ed Sheeran, which was the Sunday headliner at 2017’s Glastonbury Festival.
Biffy Clyro’s latest studio LP titled Balance, Not Symmetry dropped earlier in the year (May 17), and was the follow-up to their 2016 album Ellipsis.
Speaking to NME, bassist James Johnston revealed that record number eight will be coming in “the first half of next year”.
“I can tell you that much without getting locked up,” he said. “We’ve had the MTV Unplugged album and this year we had the Balance, Not Symmetry soundtrack album. By the time this record comes out, it’ll be three albums in three years and I think that’s quite a good return.”
Despite the fact that the full line-up for Glastonbury 2020 has yet to be released – general admission tickets sold 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.
In addition to having another chance of going to Glastonbury next year by trying for tickets in the April resale, the Festival has also launched a rare and special opportunity for those without tickets to get their hands on a pair – There are 50 pairs of tickets up for grabs right now which will be sold by ballot, to commemorate the 50th-anniversary of Glastonbury Festival.
Meanwhile, Glastonbury officially announced Diana Ross as the first major act confirmed for the Festival’s 50th anniversary – this comes post news of Glastonbury founder, Michael Eavis, already confirming Wolf Alice will be on the Glastonbury 2020 bill, with Supergrass are rumoured to make an appearance after reforming to play this year’s Pilton Party.
Glastonbury 2020 will take place at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset – from Wednesday 24th to Sunday 28th June.