The Stereophonics frontman will be returning to Worthy Farm with his new collaboration project band this summer
Kelly Jones has revealed that he will be performing at Glastonbury Festival this summer with his new project Far From Saints.
While chatting with Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2 this evening (8th February), he said: “I believe we’ve been offered a slot in Glastonbury but I’m not sure which stage it is – so we’re waiting to find out what’s going on with that”.
Jones, who is also the lead singer for Stereophonics, added: “I’ll take whatever they give me. It will be literally 20 years since we [Stereophonics] headlined the Saturday Pyramid Stage. “I haven’t been back there since, so it would be good to just go there for the weekend. Have a 45-minute slot and then enjoy the weekend!”
Far From Saints is a collaboration project between Kelly Jones of Stereophonics with Austin’s Patty Lynn and Dwight Baker of The Wind and The Wave. Together they have co-written an album evoking a cross-genre sound spanning country, rock, folk, and Americana. The band’s website states that “the project was born from a shared, unadulterated love of music and collaboration, rich with emotions, creative integrity and defined by the unique sound of Kelly and Patty’s vocal harmonies”.
Despite this being the first time Jones performs at the Worthy Farm festival with his new project Far From Saints, he did play at Glastonbury a number of times with his other band Stereophonics.
The Welsh rock band – which formed in 1992 in the village of Cwmaman in the Cynon Valley – last played at Glasto in 2002, when they headlined the iconic Pyramid Stage on the Saturday night of the Festival.
Although not as headliners, Stereophonics also took to the Pyramid Stage in 1998 and played on the Other Stage in 1997, prior to that.
Patty, Dwight and Kelly first experimented with playing together whilst the Wind And The Wave were supporting Kelly on his 2019 solo UK tour. Having booked studio time after each leg, the record came together in a total of just 9 days. After years of delays due to Covid 19, the album is finally ready to see the light of day, and is confirmed for release in the early summer.
Far From Saints’ first single – Let’s Turn This Back Around – was released on 20th January, and featured as Jo Whiley’s infatuation last week.
The full interview with Kelly Jones is now available to listen back to on BBC Sounds (for the next 29 days).
In other Glasto news, Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan appears to have confirmed the band for playing Glastonbury this year after saying on his radio show that “Glastonbury is gonna be iconic”.
The news comes after the American hard rockers have been strongly rumoured for a Saturday night headline performance at the 2023 edition of the Worthy Farm-held event for quite some time, which has so far only officially confirmed one headliner in Elton John.
Aside from Sir Elton John, who will be taking to the Pyramid Stage on the Sunday night of the Festival, no other acts have yet been confirmed for Glastonbury 2023 – although Arctic Monkeys are the top talked-about contenders for headlining the iconic Stage on the Friday night.
Speaking of self-confirmations; Gabrielle Aplin confirmed she will be playing the Avalon Stage at Glastonbury this summer, while Becky Hill however didn’t quite self-confirm but did hint at a possible Worthy Farm performance this June.
Elsewhere, Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ Flea got fans pondering about Glasto after retweeting a sketch of the Pyramid Stage created by renowned artist Stanley Donwood.
While other acts rumoured for playing at the Festival, and the Legends Slot in particular, include Stevie Nicks, Robbie Williams and Bon Jovi (whose guitarist Richie Sambora recently teased the “possibility” of the band playing at Glastonbury 2023), as well as Roxy Music, who up until not long ago were one of the most strong contenders for this year’s Legends.
However, speaking to NME recently about the possibility of appearing at Glastonbury, Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera said: “I’ve had friends texting and emailing, saying: ‘I see you might be playing Glastonbury!’ To which my reply is: ‘Well, tell me about it, because I’ve got no idea.’ I’ll wait to see what happens there. Who knows? I don’t.”
Another band who was rumoured for a slot on this year’s line-up but now looks unlikely to appear at Glastonbury 2023 is Britpop legends Blur, whose drummer recently went on record to say they haven’t been asked to play this year.
Meanwhile, the Spice Girls, who have also been mentioned countless times over the past years in the Legends Slot context, are unlikely to be playing Worthy Farm in 2023, after Victoria Beckham ruled out a Glastonbury appearance as part of a Spice Girls reunion, following long-time speculation fuelled by her former band mates.
Additionally, Emma Bunton, aka Baby Spice, also revealed in an interview last year with BBC Radio 2’s Dermot O’Leary, that the Spice Girls “have actually been asked” to play at the Festival – but said that they “won’t be doing it next year ”.
The Legends Slot, often seen as being the 4th headliner slot of the Festival, takes place on the last day of Glastonbury on the Sunday afternoon.
Previous Legends who took to the Pyramid Stage to perform at the coveted slot include Diana Ross (2022), Kylie Minogue (2019), Barry Gibb (2017) and Jeff Lynne’s ELO (2016), to name a few.
Although the first line-up poster doesn’t usually get revealed until around March/April time, followed by the full line-up announcement sometime at the end of May/beginning of June – 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.
Along with Kraftwerk and Jack Johnson, some other acts rumoured for this year’s event include The 1975, who are once again mentioned in the Glastonbury context after speculation started building throughout the web when the Cheshire band confirmed new tour dates – leaving them wide open over the 2023 Glastonbury weekend.
Pulp revealed dates of their upcoming reunion tour scheduled for this summer – while leaving plenty of room for a Glastonbury performance.
Eminem (who is another act to yet step foot on Worthy Farm) was said to be in “advanced talks” to headline the Pyramid Stage at the Festival this year – now looks highly unlikely.
Rihanna‘s name had also been mentioned as a possible headliner for 2023, while Taylor Swift, however, effectively ruled herself out of the run for 2023 after announcing her long-rumoured return to the road – scheduled to hit U.S. stadiums beginning in March 2023 and running into August.
It is worth noting though that Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis did however say last year that all three headliners for the 2023 Festival have already been booked.
Therefore, some of these rumours are obviously to be taken for what they are, rumours – any insider claiming to know anything about anything, either has access to unreleased information or is outright mistaken.
Stay up to date with all the latest artists that have been officially confirmed, self-confirmed or are rumoured for Glastonbury 2023 via our daily updated line-up & rumours list.
Glastonbury 2023 takes place from Wednesday 21st to Sunday 25th of June 2023 at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset.
Although tickets for the 2023 event sold out late last year , there will be resales of any unpaid and/or cancelled tickets that will take place later in the Spring (around April time).
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