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Dave Gahan’s brother debunks Depeche Mode Glastonbury 2022 rumour

Dave Gahan’s brother debunks Depeche Mode Glastonbury 2022 rumour

“No they won’t be doing Glasto”

The likelihood of the recent rumour regarding Depeche Mode being one of the possible headliners for Glastonbury 2022 (after they were mentioned on BBC 6 Music) appear to be pretty slim.

Rumours of a possible Glastonbury appearance started spreading online after Radio presenter Chris Hawkins asked Matt Everett on-air earlier today (October 12), what he thought the chances are of the Basildon band taking to the Pyramid Stage on the Saturday night of the Festival – To which Everett replied: “I’m not saying anything.” (Listen below).

It was at the point, not long after the rumour started spreading its wings, that in came a Tweet from Philip Gahan – brother of Dave from the Depeche Mode – which debunked the roaring rumour, by saying: “No they won’t be doing Glasto” (see Tweet below).

Please note that this does not mean Depeche Mode will or will not play Glastonbury 2022, and as always, we will have to wait for the official statement from the Festival on the matter, if and when it comes.

Depeche Mode are one of the few bands which have yet to headlined Glastonbury – The group apparently claimed that they were offered a spot at the 2009 edition of the Festival but had to turn it down due to the line-up at the time (which included Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young). Keyboardist Andrew Fletcher told The Daily Star: “Glasto would be fun but the line-up didn’t quite work for us… Getting the right bill is important.”


Most recently Billie Eilish had been confirmed as the first headliner for Glastonbury 2022 and will be taking to the Pyramid Stage on the Friday night, which will make her the Festival’s youngest ever solo headliner.

With the cancellation of both Glastonbury 2020 and 2021 due to the coronavirus crisis, one could speculate that a lot of the acts which had been booked for 2020 will roll over to 2022 – As Festival founder Michael Eavis hinted back in August that the “big names” who were set to play at Glastonbury in 2020 are being lined up for next year’s event.

Meanwhile, the first line-up taster for Glastonbury 2022 will probably not be unveiled by the Festival’s officials until the end of March/beginning of April, with the full line-up usually being unveiled towards the end of May.

That being said, there are many artists who ‘self-confirm’ prior to the official announcements, by divulging the news during interviews, via social media or website listings.

The most recent big-scale artists added to the Glasto rumour mill include Queens of the Stone AgeDiana Ross and Elton John.

Additionally, Crowded House, have recently self-confirmed for playing Glastonbury 2022 and Noel Gallagher, said he will be up for playing if asked.

You can view our updated list of all the latest line-up rumours here.

Glastonbury 2022 is set to take place at its natural home in Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, from 22nd – 26th June 2022

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