Confirming what eFestivals had already heard via the rumour mill, Madonna won't be appearing at Glastonbury next year. Michael Eavis was due to give a talk in Taunton last night but had to cancel due to illness - get well soon, Michael. Emily Eavis stood in in his place and said that the festival hasn't booked Madonna, Fleetwood Mac, or Led Zeppelin.
Back in April 2018 The Cure's Robert Smith was asked by BBC 6music whether The Cure would headline Glastonbury again. He said "Yeah, maybe. We haven't had a happy history with Glastonbury over the years. Although we've headlined three times, we've never been on the best of terms."I don't know if they forgive and forget. There are enough other festivals for us to play." On September 21st Robert Smith tweeted "WE WILL BE HEADLINING AROUND 20 FESTIVALS NEXT SUMMER - MOSTLY IN EUROPE" (his capitals), which suggests at least one festival in the UK.
About a week before that tweet someone had told eFestivals that The Cure were lined up, so that source seems to know something. With a show in Belgium on the Friday they could only play at Glastonbury on the Saturday or Sunday, and that would make them only the 2nd band to have headlined 4 times, having previously headlined in 1986, 1990, and 1995. The other 4-timer is Coldplay.
Paul Mccartney has a show in the USA on the Wednesday before Glastonbury, which seems to suggest he'd be likely to play on the Sunday.
So who is the 3rd headliner? Your guess is as good as ours.
No acts have been officially confirmed as yet. For the early rumours - not necessarily likely - please see the Glastonbury 2019 line-up and rumours page.
Glastonbury Festival 2019 takes place at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset from Wednesday 26th to Sunday 30th June. Tickets are sold out, although there will be a small resale of tickets in early April.
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