Neil Tennant hints the synth-pop duo may return to Worthy Farm for a performance at Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary this summer
Pet Shop Boys‘ Neil Tennant has said just enough to get fans hopes up in speculation on a possible performance by the synth-pop duo at Glastonbury 2020 later this year.
In an interview with Nicki Chapman (sitting in for Zoe Ball) on BBC Radio 2’s The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show (January 2) – while promoting the release of their new single ‘Monkey business’ – Tennant was asked about the chances of the Pet Shop Boys returning to Somerset for a Glastonbury performance, to which he replied: “You’ve put me on the spot […] let’s leave me there…” – in what sounded like an almost self-confirmation-wink-wink, of sorts.
Chapman then commented: “I’m gonna keep everything crossed, it’s the 50th-anniversary of Glastonbury Festival isn’t it and I couldn’t think of any better band to be playing live there”. Listen below.
The Pet Shop Boys – made of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe – joined The Killers on the Pyramid Stage last year at Glastonbury’s 2019 edition of the Festival for a synth-pop rendition of Elvis Presley’s “Always on My Mind”, before accompanying the band on their hit “Human.”
The iconic British dance duo last played their own set at Glastonbury’s Other Stage way back in 2010, and in 2000 prior to that.
With PSB’s first-ever greatest hits tour – ‘Dreamworld: The Greatest Hits Live’ – set to kick off on May 28 at The O2 in London, and wrap up at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on June 6 – one could assume they would have ample time to head down to Worthy Farm for Glastonbury’s 50th, which takes place between 24 and 28 June.
You can listen to the full interview now on BBC Sounds – Glastonbury is mentioned at about the 2:18:42 time-mark.
Meanwhile, Taylor Swift was the second headliner to be announced for the 2020 edition of the Festival – after Paul McCartney, and joins Diana Ross who was officially confirmed earlier this year as Glastonbury’s 50-anniversary ‘Legends’ slot performer – while Mike Skinner and Carl Cox are the two 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 – 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 (which don’t include travel) on April 19.
Glastonbury 2020 will take place at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset – from Wednesday 24th to Sunday 28th June.