Blur’s Dave Rowntree says the band “haven’t been asked” to play Glastonbury 2023

“No one, as far as I know, from Glastonbury has approached us”

Blur‘s drummer, Dave Rowntree, has confirmed that the band “haven’t been asked” to play at Glastonbury Festival this year.

In a very insightful interview with The Guardian (published 15th January) about the troubled childhood that influenced his new solo album, Radio Songs, and Blur’s summer reunion gigs, Rowntree touched upon the possibility of the band playing Glastonbury 2023 – saying: “Well, we haven’t been asked. You can’t play Wembley and Glastonbury, can you? Wouldn’t that be a bit off?”

He continued: “No one, as far as I know, from Glastonbury has approached us. We may do some warm-ups and stuff like that – we usually do.”, while adding: “Not that we’ve planned to. Not that Dave from Blur is revealing anything!”

The news comes after fans previously speculated whether Blur could be lined up for a headline slot at Glastonbury 2023 following the band’s announcement of a show at Wembley Stadium, scheduled for Saturday 8th July 2023 – set to take place less than two weeks after Glastonbury, which runs 21st – 25th June.

And although the Wembley Stadium gig was initially announced as a one-off show, in addition to adding a second Wembley Stadium gig on the 9th of July, it was then confirmed that the band will also be playing festivals later this summer – including Primavera Sound in Spain on the 1st of June, as well as a Dublin date on the 24th of June (which falls on the Saturday of Glasto).

Blur – who formed in London in 1988 and consist of singer Damon Albarn, guitarist Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree – last headlined Glastonbury back in 2009, although Albarn did take to the Pyramid Stage in 2010 with Gorillaz.

Along with their 2009 headline performance, the Britpop legends – famous for hits like ‘Song 2’ and ‘Parklife’ – have also previously played on the Pyramid Stage in 1998, as well as performed at the Worthy Farm event in 1992 and 1994 (when in both those years they took to the NME Stage – now known as the Other Stage).

In other Glasto news, Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan appears to have confirmed the band for playing at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, 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 also confirmed she will be playing the Avalon Stage at Glastonbury this summer on BBC Radio 2 earlier this month.

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

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 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.”

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 [2023]”.

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.

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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.

Paul McCartney headlining the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2022 • Credit: allerorts.de

Glastonbury 2023 takes place from Wednesday 21st to Sunday 25th of June 2023 and 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 this year’s Festival will be when the resale of any unpaid and/or cancelled tickets takes place in the Spring (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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