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Robbie Williams now looking unlikely to play at Glastonbury 2023

Robbie Williams now looking unlikely to play at Glastonbury 2023

The Angels star is said to have “only two UK shows next summer” – with Glastonbury most probably not being one of them

Robbie Williams, who up until recently was one of the acts rumoured for playing at Glastonbury 2023, is now looking rather unlikely for that position after announcing an ‘exclusive’ gig at the Royal Sandringham Estate – which is said to be “one of only two UK shows next summer”.

Earlier in the year, Williams said he’d like to return to the Worthy Farm event to play the coveted Sunday Teatime Legends Slot.

Now, announcing the news on its social accounts this afternoon (Monday, 5th December), concert and tour promoter Heritage Live said in a post (seen below):

“Robbie Williams will perform an exclusive UK show at the Royal Sandringham Estate, Norfolk on Sat 26 Aug 2023! One of only two UK shows next summer, it will be his only stand-alone headline concert in the UK and the first prestigious large-scale live music event to be hosted at Sandringham”.

Robbie Williams – Heritage Live – Sandringham Estate announcement, as originally seen on Facebook

With the one UK show being Sandringham, the second (non-stand-alone) show alluded to in the post is most likely the Isle of Wight Festival – where Williams will be taking to the stage on Sunday the 18th of June 2023.

The Angels star will also be performing next year at Bergenhus festning / Koengen, Bergen on the 22nd of June and then at Telenor Arena, in Oslo on the 24th of June – also known as the Saturday of Glastonbury 2023.

Taking all this into account, the chances of the 48-year-old singer performing at the coveted Teatime slot at Glastonbury next year now appear to be rather unlikely.

The pop star, who released his record-breaking ‘XXV’ compilation earlier this year after celebrating 25 years as a solo artist, hasn’t played at the Worthy Farm-held event since he made his debut appearance at the iconic festival back in 1998.

During a recent interview with BBC Breakfast, Williams was asked whether he’d be up for making a Glasto-comeback in the form of a Legends Slot performance, to which the singer replied: “Yeah, I’d like another go-round on that stage and feel that audience and get the chance to do it.”

Williams continued: “[Glastonbury has] never really been on my radar, and obviously [I’ve] not been on their radar, either. But now I’m like, ‘Yeah, I wanna do that.”

BBC Breakfast entertainment correspondent, Colin Paterson, then pointed out that Spice Girls’ Mel C had already mentioned the girl group’s name earlier in the year as a possible contender for the 2023 Legends Slot – “Oh, really?” Williams responded, While adding: “The Spice Girls trumps a Robbie Williams, so maybe I’ll have to wait.”

When asked why it would mean so much to him to play Glastonbury again, Williams said: “It is the epicentre of the music world for that weekend”. You can see a clip of the interview in the video below.

As of this moment in time, Elton John is the only act to be officially announced for playing Glastonbury 2023 and will be taking to the Pyramid Stage on the Sunday of the Festival – 25th of June.

Spice Girls, meanwhile, who have 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.

Along with Kraftwerk, The Weeknd, and Jack Johnson, some of the recent acts rumoured for next year’s event also include The 1975 – who are once again mentioned in the Glastonbury context after speculation started permeating the web when the Cheshire band confirmed new tour dates – leaving them wide open over the 2023 Glastonbury weekend. 

Other names that have been thrown about as possible contenders for playing at the Festival next summer include Bon Jovi, whose guitarist Richie Sambora recently teased the “possibility” of the band playing Glastonbury 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.

Rihanna‘s name has also been mentioned as a possible headliner for 2023, while Taylor Swift, however, has 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.

Elsewhere, Pulp revealed dates of their upcoming reunion tour scheduled for next summer – while leaving plenty of room for a Glastonbury performance,  and Arctic Monkeys are strongly rumoured after the band had reportedly signed on “the dotted line” for a deal to headline the Festival next summer.

Guns N’ Roses entered the rumour mill after Festival organiser Emily Eavis said in an interview last year that the hard rockers need to play the Worthy Farm event at some point.

And finally, Eminem – which is yet another name to have never stepped foot at Worthy Farm – is said to be in “advanced talks” to headline the iconic Pyramid Stage at the Festival next year.

It is worth noting though that Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis did however say earlier this year that all three headliners for the 2023 Festival have already been booked.

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Therefore, these rumours are to be taken for what they are, as any insider claiming to know anything about anything, either has access to unreleased information or is outright mistaken.

You can now follow and stay up to date with all the latest artists that have been officially confirmed, self-confirmed or rumoured for Glastonbury 2023 via our constantly updated line-up & rumours list.

Pyramid Stage confetti • Glastonbury 2019 • Credit: Steve Apfelstedt

Glastonbury 2023 will take place at its natural home in Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, from Wednesday the 21st to Sunday the 25th of June.

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 Glastonbury 2023 will be when the resale of any unpaid and/or cancelled tickets takes place in the Spring of 2023 (around April time).

As part of Glastonbury’s ongoing efforts against ticket touting, anyone who would like to attend next 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 entering competitions, working at the Festival and volunteering – once those 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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