Emily Eavis sparks fans' speculation on Madonna playing Glastonbury

Emily Eavis sparks fans’ speculation on Madonna playing Glastonbury 2024

Rumours started circulating after the festival's co-organiser shared a photo from one of Madge's shows at London's O2 on her official Instagram

Madonna playing at The O2, London in 2023.
Madonna (2023) • Credit: Raph Pour-Hashemi

Some fans believe that Glastonbury Festival co-organiser Emily Eavis has hinted that Madonna will headline next year’s event at Worthy Farm.

Over the weekend on Sunday (15 October), Eavis posted a photo to her Instagram account from Madonna’s ‘The Celebration Tour‘, which opened at London’s The O2 on Saturday (14 October) – accompanied by the caption “She’s back! Incredible”, as shown below.

Many fans of the festival were then quick to speculate that Eavis’ post could potentially point to the Queen of Pop perhaps being set to top the Pyramid Stage next June.

Others argued that Madonna might instead be booked for the Sunday afternoon Legends slot, which in recent years has been seen as the fourth headline slot at the Festival, and graced performances in the past from such names as Diana Ross (2022), Kylie Minogue (2019), and Yusuf/Cat Stevens – most recently at this year’s edition (2023).

Meanwhile, Madonna continues her four-date run at The O2 tomorrow night (17 October), closing out at the iconic London venue on Wednesday (18 October), before heading to the European mainland for dozens of shows.

She will then return to play The O2 on the 5th and 6th of December before heading out on the North American leg of her tour that extends into 2024.

The singer said during the opening night of the tour on Saturday (14 October) that she “didn’t think I would make it” after she was admitted to intensive care with a serious bacterial infection over the summer.

Looking Back

Glastonbury 2023 was brought to a close on Sunday (25 June) by a historic headline performance from Elton John, which saw one of the largest crowds to ever gather at the Pyramid Stage field (as shown in the video below).

Prior to John taking to the Pyramid Stage on the final night of the Festival, Guns N’ Roses headlined the iconic stage on Saturday (24 June), after Arctic Monkeys did so for their third time on the Friday night of the festival (23 June).

Other highlights included Yusuf / Cat Stevens playing the Sunday teatime Legends slot, as well as a Foo Fighters‘ surprise set which finally revealed the identity of the mystery band The Churnups.

Speaking of secret sets, Hozier took to the former John Peel Stage (now known as Woodsies) on the Friday evening of the Festival for a surprise performance, before another secret set was revealed to be Blossoms and Rick Astley – who played on the same Woodsies stage on the Saturday of the event while covering songs from The Smiths.

Elsewhere, Cate Blanchett appeared on-stage with Sparks – as well as other key performances from Blondie, Lil Nas X, Phoenix, Queens Of The Stone Age and many more.

Looking Forward

Keeping with tradition, next year’s festival will take place on the final weekend of June and run from Wednesday the 26th through to Sunday the 30th of June 2024 at Worthy Farm in Pilton.

The date confirmation for Glastonbury 2024 came just two days after the event closed the gates on its 2023 edition when Festival officials shared a picture post to their socials, depicting their yearly “see you in [X] days” notice plastered across a beautifully painted bin – and by doing so, kicking off the official countdown to the anticipated event.

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.

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.

However, one name that can almost certainly be crossed off the list for next year’s event is Taylor Swift – who was one of the top artists speculated to headline the event in 2024 – but after adding further Dublin dates to her 2024 Eras tour, the global icon has pretty much ruled herself out of headlining all three days at the Festival.

It was initially speculated that Swift would be one of the frontrunners to headline the 2024 Festival after she was due to play at the 2020 edition – before it was forced to cancel for two years running, due to the worldwide pandemic.

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”.

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.

The registration window will stay open until 5pm GMT on the 31st of October, after which time it will shut close until after the sale has ended and open once again till before the resale in April – You can register here, or check your already exciting registration here, for ticket access when the time comes. 

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”.

⚠️ 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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