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The Weeknd now unlikely for playing Glastonbury 2023 after adding 2nd Amsterdam date

The Weeknd now unlikely for playing Glastonbury 2023 after adding 2nd Amsterdam date

The newly announced show falls on the 23rd of June – also known as the Friday of Glastonbury 2023

It is now highly unlikely that The Weeknd will be performing at Glastonbury 2023 after the Canadian singer has announced a second Amsterdam date for his upcoming UK, European and Latin America tour next year.

The new date, announced earlier today (Wednesday, 7th December) via MOJO, reveals that in addition to his already announced shows (including Amsterdam on 24th June and Dublin on 28th of June), The Weeknd will now also be performing in Amsterdam on the 23rd of June – also known as the Friday of Glastonbury – which practically rules him out for the possibility of a performance at Worthy Farm next summer.

The upcoming Worthy Farm-held event will run next summer from Wednesday 21st to Sunday 25th of June, and with Elton John just recently being announced as the Sunday night headliner, it is very improbable that The Weeknd will be playing Glastonbury next year (on either the previously speculated Friday or Sunday of the Festival).

The Weeknd 2nd Amsterdam date poster as published by MOJO

The singer-songwriter, who also goes by Abel Tesfaye, had previously been listed on the Glastonbury line-up poster when he was due to headline the West Holts Stage on Sunday night back in 2013, just to then be mysteriously replaced by Bobby Womack – with no official explanation (to this day) as to the reasoning behind the replacement.

After headlining Coachella in 2018, Tesfaye confessed in an interview with Time Magazine, that next, he hopes to headline Glastonbury Festival – joining names like David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney and Beyoncé.

The current tour – supported by Kaytranada and Mike Dean – celebrates The Weeknd’s 2020 album After Hours, as well as his critically-acclaimed fifth studio album, Dawn FM, released in January 2022 – with the original After Hours dates pushed back multiple times due to the COVID pandemic.

Another act who, likewise, looks unlikely to make an appearance at next year’s Glastonbury Festival is Robbie Williams – which has recently been said to have “only two UK shows next summer”.

Spice Girls, meanwhile, who have been mentioned countless times over the past years in the Legends Slot context, are also among some of the unlikely acts 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.

However, along with Kraftwerk 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.

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.

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.

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.

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Pyramid Stage confetti • Glastonbury 2019 • Credit: Steve Apfelstedt

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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