Rumours of Arctic Monkeys and Guns N’ Roses strengthen further for Glastonbury 2023

Lewis Capaldi and Lizzo are also said to be on the cards for a performance at Worthy Farm this summer

Arctic Monkeys and Guns N’ Roses are looking highly likely to join already confirmed Elton John at Worthy Farm this summer as the Friday and Saturday night Glastonbury 2023 headliners (respectively), after even more fuel has now been added to the fire of already very strong rumours circling the web.

News of Arctic Monkeys possibly headlining the 2023 Glastonbury Festival started permeating the interwebs earlier last year after the ‘Has it leaked?’ website posted a tweet saying “AM will do Glastonbury next year [2023]”.

Then, a report from The Sun claimed a source told the outlet that Alex Turner and the band “have signed on the dotted line and will return to the Pyramid Stage next June [in 2023]”.

As for Guns N’ Roses, back in 2021, in an interview with Metal Hammer, Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis said: “Guns N’ Roses need to play here [at Glastonbury] at some point, don’t they?”.

Although those rumours never ultimately came to fruition, a year later, in 2022, speculation started to intensify once again over a possible performance by the American rockers at Worthy Farm after the band confirmed their biggest-ever UK headline show, announcing that they’d be playing London’s BST festival in Hyde Park on Friday, 30th of June 2023 – set to take place less than a week after this year’s Glastonbury runs from Wednesday 21st to Sunday 25th of June.

Now, Neil of UK festivals website, eFestivals, has posted a message on the forums section of the site (seen below), saying he’s “hearing that the […] headliners are Arctics and Guns n Roses”, as well as mentioning that also Lewis Capaldi and Lizzo are set to play Glastonbury this summer.

eFestivals screenshot

If and when Arctic Monkeys get officially announced for Glastonbury 2023, this will be the 3rd time they headline the Worthy Farm-held event, after taking to the iconic Pyramid Stage twice before (on the Friday night) in 2007 and most recently in 2013.

Guns N’ Roses, however – comprised of Axl Rose, Duff McKagan, Slash, Dizzy Reed, Richard Fortus, Frank Ferrer, and Melissa Reese – have never played Glastonbury before, while Slash and his solo band did perform on the Pyramid Stage at the 2010 Glastonbury Festival (as seen in the video clip below).

In other Glastonbury news, as of this moment in time, Elton John is the first and only act to be officially announced for playing Glastonbury 2023 and will be taking to the Pyramid Stage on the Sunday of the Festival – 25th of June.

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.

Along with Kraftwerk and Jack Johnson, some other acts who are rumoured for this year’s event, include The 1975 – who are once again mentioned in the Glastonbury context after speculation started grain traction throughout the web when the Cheshire band confirmed new tour dates – leaving them wide open over the 2023 Glastonbury weekend. 

Another name that has been thrown about as a possible contender for playing at the Festival this summer includes Bon Jovi, whose guitarist Richie Sambora recently teased the “possibility” of the band playing Glastonbury 2023.

Elsewhere, Pulp revealed dates of their upcoming reunion tour scheduled for this summer – while leaving plenty of room for a Glastonbury performance.

Eminem – which has yet to step foot at Worthy Farm – was said to be in “advanced talks” to headline the Pyramid Stage at the Festival this year, but now looks highly unlikely.

Rihanna‘s name had also been mentioned as a possible headliner for 2023, while Taylor Swift, however, has 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.

Other acts who are unlikely to make an appearance at this year’s event include Robbie Williams, who has recently been said to have “only two UK shows this summer”, and the Spice Girls (who have been mentioned countless times over the past years in the Legends Slot context), 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.

It is worth noting though that Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis did however say earlier this 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 – as any insider claiming to know anything about anything, either have access to unreleased information or is outright mistaken.

You can now follow and stay up to date with all the latest artists that have been officially confirmed, self-confirmed or rumoured for Glastonbury 2023 via our constantly updated line-up & rumours list.

See Also

Pyramid Stage confetti • Glastonbury 2019 • Credit: Steve Apfelstedt

With both the main ticket sales, as well as the local & Sunday ticket sale now out of the way, the next option to bag tickets to Glastonbury 2023 will be when the resale of any unpaid and/or cancelled tickets takes place in the Spring of 2023 (around April time).

As part of Glastonbury’s ongoing efforts against ticket touting, anyone who would like to attend this 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

In addition to the upcoming ticket resales, some other opportunities for getting to Glastonbury include working at the Festival, volunteering and entering competitions – once these 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: glastonbury.seetickets.com.

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