The American hard rockers have been mentioned as potential headliners more than once in the past – could 2023 finally be their year?
Guns N’ Roses are one of the bands currently rumoured for playing Glastonbury 2023 after Festival organiser Emily Eavis said the band need to play the Worthy Farm event at some point.
In an interview with Metal Hammer last year, Eavis was asked: “Who’s the heaviest band you would book for the Festival?” – to which she replied: “We had Napalm Death in 2017, and it doesn’t get much heavier than that! But I think Guns N’ Roses need to play here at some point don’t they?”
In the same interview, Eavis also mentioned the fact that Metallica – who were the first heavy rock band to headline the Pyramid Stage in 2014 – definitely inspired the Glastonbury team to book more heavy rock acts, from Motörhead and ZZ Top to the Earache Stage over in Shangri-La.
As of the time of writing, along with Elton John, GNR are listed by bookmakers as the third most likely act to top the iconic Pyramid Stage next June, with joint odds of just 1/2, behind Arctic Monkeys in first place at 1/10.
The short odds mean that for every £2 you stake on Guns N’ Roses to headline the Pyramid Stage, you will receive £1 if they’re confirmed as headliners (plus your stake), while anyone staking £10 on Arctic Monkeys will receive a profit of just £1.
Guns N’ Roses – comprised of Axl Rose, Duff McKagan, Slash, Dizzy Reed, Richard Fortus, Frank Ferrer, and Melissa Reese – have never played the Worthy Farm event before. However, Slash did perform on the Pyramid Stage at the 2010 Glastonbury Festival (as seen in the video clip below).
In other Glasto news
Pulp announced the dates of their reunion tour scheduled for next summer, leaving plenty of room for a Glastonbury performance, while Victoria Beckham ruled out a Glastonbury appearance as part of a Spice Girls reunion – following long-time speculation fuelled by her former band mates.
As with every Glastonbury-year, the speculation about who might play the legendary festival is always very high, and with the 2023 event fast approaching, the Glasto Rumour Mill is already spinning in full force.
Although the first line-up poster doesn’t usually get revealed until the beginning of March, followed by the full line-up announcement sometime at the end of May – there are many artists who ‘self-confirm’ prior to the official announcements by divulging the news via interviews, social media or website listings to accompany the ever-growing rumours.
Some of the recent big-name acts to be rumoured for a possible performance at Glastonbury 2023 include;
Whispers of a possible Glastonbury performance started circling the web last month, after a couple of posts were published on the eFestivals forums website, pertaining to some apparent inside information “from a very reliable source”, saying that Roxy Music are set to play the Legends Slot at Glastonbury 2023.
The Sheffield-formed band are rumoured to have signed on “the dotted line” for a deal to headline Glastonbury 2023 after their UK tour sold out in mere minutes, once going up for sale in October.
Having never played at Worthy Farm before, Sir Elton John has long been rumoured for a performance at Glastonbury Festival, and some changes to his current ‘Yellow Brick Road’ tour schedule just happens to reflect a perfectly-sized Glasto-shaped-gap.
The American rapper – who is yet another name to have never played at Glastonbury before – was reported to be in “advanced talks” to headline the iconic Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury next summer.
Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis did however say earlier this year that all three headliners for the 2023 Festival have already been booked.
Therefore, despite the insider claiming Eminem’s tour dates align with a potential Glastonbury appearance, the rapper has yet to currently announce any upcoming gigs, suggesting the source either has access to unreleased information or is outright mistaken.
You can follow and stay up to date with all the latest artists that have confirmed, self-confirmed or rumoured for Glastonbury 2023 in our constantly updated list, by clicking here.
Elsewhere, as of the time of publication, current SkyBet odds for Glastonbury Festival 2023 headliner are as follows:
|Guns n Roses||1/2|
|Florence And The Machine||9/1|
Glastonbury 2023 tickets & dates
Glastonbury 2023 will take place at its natural home in Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, from Wednesday the 21st to Sunday the 25th of June.
Tickets to the 2023 Festival will go up for grabs one month later than usual this year and have been confirmed to be split into two separate days.
Coach + Ticket Packages will go on sale at 6pm GMT on Thursday, 3rd November, before General Admission tickets go on sale at 9am GMT on Sunday, 6th November.
Tickets will cost £335 + £5 booking fee, of which a £50 deposit is payable when booking in November, with the balance payable in the first week of April 2023.
Please keep in mind that if you are booking a Coach + Ticket Package, you’ll also need to add the coach fare, as detailed in the table here.
These initial sales will then be followed by a resale of any unpaid and/or cancelled tickets sometime in the Spring of 2023 (around April time).
As part of Glastonbury’s ongoing efforts against ticket touting, anyone who would like to attend next year’s Festival will need to have registered in advance.
As in previous years, registration remains free of charge and only takes a few minutes at glastonburyregistration.co.uk.
Those who have already registered in the past can also check their existing registration here.
Please note that registration will close at 5pm GMT on Monday, 31st October, after which there will be no opportunity to submit/re-submit a registration until after the November ticket sales.
In addition to the ticket sales, some other opportunities for getting to Glastonbury include entering competitions, working at the Festival and volunteering – once those options make themselves available.
To learn more about registration, the sale process and how you can maximise your chances of getting Glastonbury 2023 tickets, click here.
Don’t be fooled
Glastonbury Festival would very much like fans to be aware that there are people out there who will try and sell fake Glastonbury tickets to unsuspecting, willing and innocent potential purchasers.
Although Glasto-veterans who have been going to the Festival for quite some time may recognise these scams for what they are, newcomers might not.
Therefore, please remember that tickets are only sold on one site, which is:
any other site claiming to sell tickets for the Festival is not authentic.