After taking last summer off for the London Olympics, the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts returns for its 31st edition from June 26th-30th in Pilton, England. Lineup rumors are aplenty, but today we’ve been updated on the prospects of two of the more desired headliners.
The Rolling Stones claimed their decision to pass on Coachella had more to do with preparation than dollars and cents. However, speaking with NME, Mick Jagger suggested that the band will be ready to play come late June. “There are other things in the world, you know, apart from Glastonbury!” Jagger explained. “But then again, Glastonbury is very important. It seems to be very important to my children – highlight of their year!”
When prompted further, Jagger added, “But is it going to be rainy on the Sunday? Isn’t it nearly always rainy on the Sunday?”
The news isn’t as good for fans of Daft Punk. Even though their new album is reportedly set for May, the legendary duo was noticeably absent from the Coachella lineup. One UK festival promoter previously claimed that the group has no plans to tour in 2013, and Glastonbury organizer Emily Eavis ruled out the possibility of a one-off appearance in a recent Q&A on Twitter. “They might be doing other stuff but they’re not playing here. Onwards,” Eavis wrote.
Currently, the only confirmed act for Glastonbury 2013 is Malian singer Rokia Traoré — whose booking is an intended act of solidarity with musicians in Mali, where Islamists in the north have banned music. Other rumored acts include Radiohead and Muse. A full lineup announcement is expected closer to the festival.
Tickets to the festival are already sold out, though a resale for those deciding not to pay their balances will take place Sunday, April 21st. However, only individuals who previously registered for the festival will be eligible to purchase these tickets.