This year marks the 40th anniversary of Glastonbury and the legendary UK festival was counting on a headlining performance by U2 to make it one for the ages. But then Bono suffered a near paralyzing back injury, forcing the band to cancel its appearance just four weeks before the festival is scheduled to launch on June 23rd. So what now? Here’s a roundup of the latest rumored replacements:
— According to Contact Music, Coldplay has already been approached by the festival and is said to be considering the offer. Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis previously stated Chris Martin and Co. would be returning to the festival in 2011.
— When asked about the possibility of Led Zeppelin replacing U2, former guitarist Jimmy Page told Gigwise.com that “I never rule anything out.” It should be noted that none of the former Led Zeppelin members have anything scheduled during the Glastonbury weekend.
— UK rapper Dizzee Rascal, who is already scheduled to performer at Glastonbury on Friday, is believed to be another candidate to replace U2.
— The Chemical Brothers are already widely rumored to be making a special guest appearance at this year’s festival.
— Pulp already saved Glastonbury’s ass once (replacing The Stone Roses in 1995). Would Jarvis Cocker and co. be into the idea again?
We’ll let you know when a decision is made. In the meantime, keep up to date with all the latest Glastonbury updates here.