Girls Aloud say they "can't do" Glastonbury 2024

Girls Aloud say they “can’t do” Glastonbury 2024

The pop group respond to the rumours after announcing details of tour dates for 2024

By GFF
Girls Aloud performing in Manchester on their Out of Control Tour, 2009.
Girls Aloud (2009) • Credit: XL XR2

Girls Aloud have responded to rumours that they may be playing at next year’s instalment of Glastonbury.

The band – which consists of Cheryl, Nadine Coyle, Kimberly Walsh and Nicola Roberts – first split in 2009 after playing Wembley Stadium with Coldplay, before reuniting for new music and a 10th anniversary tour in 2012 and 2013, when they held their final UK show at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. They had planned a second reunion to celebrate their 20th anniversary before bandmate Sarah Harding was diagnosed with breast cancer and sadly passed away in 2021.

Speculation that the ‘00s nostalgic British pop group would be making their way over to Worthy Farm for the 2024 instalment of the festival surfaced after they announced details of a reunion tour earlier this week (22nd November), which is set to kick off in 2024 and run between May and June.

However, while appearing on the One Show this evening (24th November), the girl group confirmed that they “can’t do it [Glastonbury]” because of their tour dates and that they “haven’t been asked” – while adding that it’s something that they would all “love to do”.

Before appearing on the One Show to address the rumours, members Cheryl and Kimberley Walsh also examined the logistics around the potential appearance on BBC Radio 2’s Breakfast Show with Zoe Ball. “Can I just be blunt here? Glastonbury haven’t even asked us,” Cheryl told the host, with Walsh adding: “It would be epic, and I don’t even know if it’s feasible, but they need to ask us.”

Discussing the prospect of taking to the stage at the world-renowned festival next year, Nadine also told British Vogue: “We’ve spoken about this but the thing is, we’d have to take our stage and so the logistics would be hard… But we are touring at the same time so maybe we could get a jet in.” – while the band’s publicist went on to confirm that there have been no offers for Girls Aloud to play at Glastonbury 2024 yet.

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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, earlier this month (5th November), 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!”

Along with Dua Lipa and Coldplay, other prominent names that are currently making the rumour rounds include Rihanna, Stevie Wonder and Stevie Nicks.

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.

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 (and a string of individual area line-up announcements in between), 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 2024.

More Info

Standard tickets for the 2024 edition of Glastonbury Festival sold out in 57 minutes on Sunday morning the 19th of November after going on sale at 9am – which followed a swift 25-minute sellout of tickets packaged with coach travel last Thursday (16th November).

Beforehand, at the beginning of this month (2nd November), Glastonbury announced it was postponing its originally scheduled ticket sales for the 2024 festival due to issues with some registrations.

As revealed back in September, Coach Plus Ticket packages were all set to go on sale at 6pm GMT on Thursday the 2nd of November, ahead of General Admission tickets at 9am GMT on Sunday the 5th of November.

However, 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.”

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.

Now that both Coach Ticket Packages and General Admission tickets have all sold out, the next option to buy tickets for this year’s event will be in the resale of any unpaid and / or cancelled tickets that will take place in 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 the 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 in 2024 don’t need a ticket, and therefore do not need to register.

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 stated: “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”.

The registration window – which closes shortly before tickets go on sale for the first wave, then opens once again before the resale in April, at which time you are able to register here, or check your already exciting registration here, for ticket access when the time comes.

Keeping with tradition, next year’s festival has been confirmed to 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.

Tickets for the 2024 festival will 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.

⚠️ 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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