Rihanna is rumoured to headline Glastonbury Festival

This would be the first time the Barbados-born singer tops the Pyramid Stage if rumours come to fruition

Rihanna is said to be “in talks” to headline Glastonbury 2023 for the first time ever.

The speculation comes after the 34-year-old was reportedly approached by the Festival about being the event’s closing act, now that the singer has made a dramatic return to the music scene after a prolonged hiatus.

“Next year’s festival would be just the right timing for her. She is a huge name for Worthy Farm and would be the perfect addition to the line-up,” a source who spoke to the Sun claimed.

The Barbados-born star has previously declared an interest in playing at the Worthy Farm event when back in 2011 she told Q magazine: “I have heard so many things about what happens there. I love rock music. I love Kings Of Leon and The Prodigy. The music is awesome. I like the more traditional rock bands, too – Aerosmith and Bon Jovi. I think I could rock Glastonbury, no question.”

Back in 2009, she also said: “I would love to be [at Glastonbury]. Even if I’m not headlining I’d love to be there. It’s a great festival and a great platform for me to be on.”

The singer, who has been on a six-year hiatus from music to focus on her beauty and clothing Fenty empire, thrilled fans last week by releasing a new track, titled Lift Me Up for the Black Panther sequel Wakanda Forever, which opens in cinemas on November 11.

The release followed the news that the star, who gave birth to a child with boyfriend A$ap Rocky in May, will perform at the 2023 Super Bowl Halftime show in February.

Pyramid Stage prep at Glastonbury 2022 • Photo Credit: Neil Bremner

Other Glasto rumours

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.

Earlier this week, Taylor Swift announced her long-rumoured return to the road, with an outing dubbed the “Eras Tour”, scheduled to hit U.S. stadiums beginning in March 2023 and running into August – and by doing, making it highly unlikely that she will be at Glastonbury 2023.

Meanwhile, Pulp also revealed the dates of their upcoming 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.

Elsewhere, whispers of a possible Glastonbury performance by Roxy Music started circling the web in early September, after a couple of posts were published on the eFestivals website, pertaining to some apparent inside information “from a very reliable source” – saying the band are set to play the Legends Slot at Glastonbury 2023.

While Arctic Monkeys are rumoured to have signed on “the dotted line” for a deal to headline the Festival next summer after their UK tour sold out in minutes when going up for sale in October.

Guns N’ Roses are also one of the bands currently rumoured for playing Glastonbury 2023 after Festival organiser Emily Eavis said in an interview last year that the hard rockers need to play the Worthy Farm event at some point.

Another act who has never played at Worthy Farm before is Sir Elton John, who has long been rumoured for a performance at Glastonbury, and some changes to his current ‘Yellow Brick Road’ tour schedule just happen to reflect a perfectly-sized Glasto-shaped-gap.

And finally, Eminem – which is yet another name to have never stepped foot at Worthy Farm – is said to be in “advanced talks” to headline the iconic Pyramid Stage at the Festival next year.

It’s worth noting that 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 our constantly updated list of all the latest artists that have been officially confirmed, self-confirmed or rumoured for Glastonbury 2023, by clicking here.

As of the time of publication, current SkyBet odds for ‘Glastonbury Festival 2023 headliner’ are as follows:

Arctic Monkeys
Elton John
Guns n Roses
Harry Styles
Dua Lipa
Taylor Swift

Latest Glasto news

Glastonbury 2023 will take place at its natural home in Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, from Wednesday the 21st to Sunday the 25th of June.

The first chance to buy tickets to the 2023 Worthy Farm event took place on Thursday evening (3rd November), as Coach Ticket Packages completely sold out in just 22 minutes.

Now with the first of two ticket sale days out of the way, the next option to bag tickets to the Pilton event will be when the General Admission tickets go up for sale at 9am GMT on Sunday, 6th November.

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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.

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.

That said, registration for Glastonbury 2023 closed at 5pm GMT on Monday, 31st October, and as of this moment in time, there is no opportunity to submit/re-submit a registration until after the November ticket sales – when the registration window will open once again ahead of the resale.

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

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.

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