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Madonna sparks Glastonbury speculations after announcing Celebration tour

Madonna sparks Glastonbury speculations after announcing Celebration tour

The Queen Of Pop will celebrate four decades in music with a 35-date run beginning in Vancouver on 15 July, with one date at London’s O2 Arena on 14 October

Madonna‘s name is now back in the Glastonbury Festival frame after recently announcing her upcoming global ‘Celebration Tour‘.

The 35-date tour – set to celebrate her artistic journey through four decades as a recording artist and pay respect to the city of New York where her career in music began – will kick off in Vancouver, Canada, on the 15th of July, and run through to the 1st of December, concluding at Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome – while leaving plenty of room for a potential performance at Glastonbury Festival, which takes from 21st to 25th of June, 2023.

As of the time of writing, despite the only UK date of the Celebration tour announced thus far being on the 14th of October at London’s O2 Arena, speculation as to whether a Glastonbury performance could be on the cards has already broken out across fans throughout the web.

Although some fans have expressed the desire for the Queen Of Pop to headline this year’s Glastonbury Festival, or even play the Legends Slot, as of this moment in time, Elton John is the only act to be officially announced for playing the Worthy Farm event this summer and will be taking to the Pyramid Stage on the Sunday night of the Festival on the 25th of June.

Furthermore, the latest 2023 Glasto line-up rumours are strongly pointing towards Arctic Monkeys and Guns N’ Roses headlining on the Friday and Saturday of the Festival (respectively), and therefore, a 2024 Glastonbury performance from Madge currently looks more likely than that of a 2023 one.

This isn’t to say that Madonna is totally off the cards for 2023, but that it also isn’t the first time her name has been speculated as being a possible contender for playing at the legendary Festival.

Back in 2018, Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis started following the ‘Like A Virgin’ icon on her personal official Instagram account, and while having over 35,000 followers herself at the time, Eavis is shown to follow only a selection of accounts, with a large majority being a combination of previous headliners and major performers – alongside other various prominent Glastonbury members.

That same year in 2018, The Sun also claimed to have inside knowledge that Madonna was among the first to be booked for the 2019 Festival – which obviously did not come to fruition.

Seeing that Madonna has never played at Glastonbury Festival before, and taking into account her four-decade-long expansive career, in addition to the ever-growing rumours, it sure does look like it’s just a matter of time before the 64-year-old Queen of Pop finally steps foot on Worthy Farm.

Screenshot from Instagram taken in 2018 showing Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis following Madonna.

The Celebration tour was officially announced earlier this week (17th January) in a clip portraying Madonna’s 1991 tour film Truth or Dare.

In the video (below), alongside Madonna, stars Judd Apatow, Jack Black, Lil Wayne, Diplo, Kate Berlant, Larry Owens, Meg Stalter, Eric Andre, and Bob The Drag Queen play a game of truth or dare, which culminates with Schumer “daring” Madonna to embark on a greatest hits tour. “You think people would come to that show?” Madonna asks. “The answer is – fuck yeah.”

The Celebration tour will be Madonna’s 12th concert tour to date, with the last run being in 2019 and 2020 when she performed in intimate venues in support of her album Madame X – while playing 12 shows at the London Palladium, with similarly lengthy stints in New York, Los Angeles and more.

In other Glastonbury news, Robbie Williams has once again expressed his desire for playing at the Festival after being asked what his thoughts are about doing the Legends Slot at the Worthy Farm-held event.

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.

Other acts rumoured as being possible contenders for this year’s Legends Slot include Bon Jovi (whose guitarist Richie Sambora recently teased the “possibility” of the band playing at Glastonbury 2023), as well as Roxy Music (who are now actually said to be unlikely for playing the slot).

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]”.

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 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. 

Elsewhere, 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.

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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.

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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