Duran Duran say they’d “love” to play Glastonbury's Pyramid

Duran Duran say they’d “love” to play Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage

Frontman Simon Le Bon reveals the band is poised to play the icon stage while hosting Nile Rogers and Mark Ronson as their special guests

By GFF
Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon performing at The O2 in 2023.
Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon (2023) • Credit: Raph Pour-Hashemi

Duran Duran‘s lead singer Simon Le Bon has said that the band would “love” to play Glastonbury Festival with Nile Rogers and Mark Ronson as their special guests, despite stating recently that he has “always refused” to go to the festival.

Speaking to The Telegraph in October, the band revealed they had been approached by the Festival to play in the past, but the offer has never been quite right.

“3pm in the Disco Tent isn’t really where we see ourselves. A long time ago I vowed I would never set foot in Glastonbury unless it was on the Pyramid Stage at a decent hour of the night. I’ve been asked to camp, to glamp and invited to fly in and out by helicopter. I’ve always refused on principle,” – frontman Simon Le Bon said, with Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes adding: “I believe they have our telephone number. We haven’t changed it.”

However, speaking subsequently on the BBC’s Headliners podcast earlier this month (3rd November), Le Bon has now revealed he does want to play the Worthy Farm event, but it would have to be the right slot – while reiterating that he doesn’t want to go as a punter.

“I want to play Glastonbury. I don’t want to go as a punter, but I want Duran Duran to get the right slot. Anyway, that’s the conversation that we shouldn’t really have on the air. I’d love to do it. I’d like a night-time slot, to be honest with you, and it’s got to be on the Pyramid Stage,” Le Bon said.

When asked if they’d bring any special guests to the show, bassist John Taylor added they’d like to see some of the band’s previous collaborators on stage with them including Rogers and Ronson who have both produced work by the band in the past – Taylor said: “You’d have to bring Nile out and maybe Mark.”

Other News

As with every Glastonbury-year, speculation about who might play the legendary festival is always very high, and with the 2024 event fast approaching, the Glasto Rumour Mill is already spinning in full force.

Although no acts have been confirmed for Glastonbury 2024 as of yet, Festival organiser Emily Eavis revealed back in October that a major female artist has been booked for the Legends slot on the Pyramid Stage. Appearing on the BBC podcast Sidetracked, she said the line-up for the five-day event is still “a little up in the air” but that she hopes there will be two female headliners.

Meanwhile, last week (5th November), Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis responded to the most recent claims about the Festival’s headliners, saying they’re “untrue”.

Madonna was reported to headline next year’s Festival at Worthy Farm alongside Dua Lipa and Coldplay, before Eavis categorically denied the rumours – Nonetheless, Dua Lipa in particular is still heavily rumoured to be topping the bill on the Pyramid Stage next summer.

Eavis debunked the rumours, saying: “As always, there is much speculation and excitement about who is playing at Glastonbury. We are working on the line-up day and night at the moment, but it’s still changing every day. The story about our confirmed headliners is untrue. As always, we love your enthusiasm and guesswork – but accurate news on headliners will be with you sometime in the new year!”

Other prominent names that are currently making the rumour rounds include Dua Lipa, Rihanna and Coldplay, as well as Stevie Nicks, Annie Lennox, and Shania Twain – who previously stated that the Sunday Legends slot is on her “wish list”.

Despite the first line-up poster not usually being 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’ before the official announcements by divulging the news via interviews, social media or website listings to accompany the ever-growing rumours.

Click here to view our daily updated list of acts confirmed, rumoured and unlikely to perform at Glastonbury Festival 2024.

More Info

The Somerset-based festival is renowned not just for being one of the biggest festivals in the world, but also one of the hardest to get access to. In accordance, tickets are known to sell out in super fast times – as previous editions of the event normally sold out within an hour of going on sale, while re-sale tickets (which usually go on sale in April) sell out within a matter of minutes.

As announced on the 29th of September, Coach Plus Ticket packages will be available from 6pm on Thursday, 2nd November, before General Admission tickets go on sale from 9am on Sunday, 5th November.

🚨 Important Update

Glastonbury has announced it is postponing its originally scheduled ticket sales for the 2024 festival due to issues with some registrations – Organisers confirmed on social media that both sales have been delayed by two weeks, explaining that “this is to ensure that everyone who would like to buy a ticket is registered and therefore eligible to purchase one.”

Coach Plus Ticket packages will now instead be available from 6pm GMT on Thursday, 16th of November, while General Admission tickets will go up for grabs at 9am GMT on Sunday, 19th of November.

Glastonbury 2024 tickets will be sold exclusively at glastonbury.seetickets.com and cost £355 plus a £5 booking fee (which is a £20 hike from the 2023 price of £335 plus a £5 booking fee), of which a £75 deposit (plus coach fare if booking a ticket including coach travel option) is payable when booking in November – with the balance payable in the first week of April 2024.

Generally speaking, before fans can anticipate getting in the online queue once the sale goes live, it’s imperative to register in order to be able to access tickets. In an effort to prevent touting, tickets for Glastonbury Festival are non-transferable, meaning that each person’s ticket is linked with the name, address and photo they provide when registering.

Anyone aged 13 or over who wants to attend Glastonbury Festival must register online before tickets go on sale, as a registration number will be needed when purchasing tickets and before the deposit can be paid. That said, those aged 12 or younger when gates open for the event next year don’t need a ticket, and therefore do not need to register.

Back in August, Glastonbury officials notified festival-goers they have until the end of September to ensure that their details will remain valid ahead of an expected ticket sale in the autumn.

The official Glastonbury Festival website states: “Any registrations submitted prior to 2020 require reviewing and confirmation before 30th September 2023, with any non-confirmed registrations being deleted on 2nd October 2023 and you will be required to submit a new registration before you can try and book tickets for the 2024 Festival and future years”.

Once the first round of ticket sales is over, the registration window opens once again before the resale in April, at which time you’ll be able to register here, or check your already exciting registration here, for ticket access when the time comes.

⚠️ Bogus Operators

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.

Please do not risk falling victim to touts, bogus operators or fake promotions / contests. If you have doubts about any company offering tickets, accommodation or competitions to access Glastonbury Festival, please get in touch with the Festival office – And as always, remember that tickets are sold only on one site, which is glastonbury.seetickets.com

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