Stetsons at the ready, country music legend Dolly Parton could be appearing at next summer's Glastonbury Festival after the '9 to 5' singer's tour dates released today leave a Glastonbury sized hole in them.
Her UK tour dates see her in Cardiff at the Motorpoint Arena on Monday 24th June then the O2 Arena, London on Friday 27th June (Glastonbury Festival weekend), before her final scheduled UK date on Wednesday 2nd July at the Nottingham Arena. The dates would suggest Dolly could be the slated for the traditional Sunday legend slot (a position taken by fellow collaborator Kenny Rogers this year).
The main Pyramid Stage on Sunday has also previously seen acts like Don McLean, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, Johnny Cash, Shirley Bassey, Neil Diamond and Brian Wilson. Although with an artist of her stature, if Dolly does appear she could easily be one of the headliners, and certainly fits organiser Michael Eavis' statement that of the five biggest acts in the world Glastonbury have three of them.
Dolly Parton's 45-plus year career includes 40 studio albums, five live albums, and twenty-four compilation albums. During her last tour in 2011, Dolly performed for record-breaking attendances in both Europe and Australia, surpassing her previous attendance records. In 2008, Dolly performed 17 European shows to over 170,000 fans, surpassing her then-best 2007 European tour, where she played 21 shows for over 140,000 people. Each of these treks grossed in the tens of millions of dollars and established Dolly as Europe’s favorite and most successful country artist.
Dolly said: “Every time I come to Europe, I’m just as excited as I was my very first time, which was many, many years ago. I love that part of the world and I especially love the fans. We always have such a good time and I’ve put together a lot of things for this show that I think the fans will love. We had not planned to come back so soon, but we got so much fan mail and such a great reaction that I thought ‘Well, why not? If they’re having a good time and we always do, let’s just do it’.”
Dolly has written more than 4,000 songs, had numerous number one hits including '9 To 5', 'Jolene', and 'I Will Always Love You', and as well as her music, Dolly has her own theme park called Dollywood, in Tennessee.
She also runs the Dollywood Foundation for underprivileged children, and has launched the Dolly Parton Imagination Library across America, Canada and now across Europe. It gives every pre-school child a book each month from the time he or she is born until the child reaches kindergarten.
No acts are confirmed as yet, and the first names are expected be announced in sometime in December. Farmer Michael Eavis spoke to the local BBC news programme Points West after the sale on Sunday and revealed, that of the 5 biggest bands in the world who've never played Glastonbury, he thinks he has booked 3 of them for next year.
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Next year's Glastonbury runs for five full days from Wednesday 25th until Sunday 29th June 2014 across over a 1,000 acres of beautiful countryside at Worthy Farm, Somerset. As ever, entry includes a free programme. Once again, the Festival will be raising more than £2 million in funds for Oxfam, Wateraid, Greenpeace and a host of local charities and causes.
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