There's a gap in Foals' tour dates over Glastonbury 2020

 There's a gap in Foals' tour dates over Glastonbury 2020

Rumours of Foals playing at Glastonbury’s 50th-anniversary next summer have stepped up a gear after the band announced tour dates with a gap clear over the dates of the festival – and there’s a UK gig on the Wednesday after.

After playing in Germany on the 20th and 21st June, there are no more Foals gigs scheduled until Sounds of the City at Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl on Wednesday 1st July. The band then head off to Spain for Mad Cool Festival.

Glastonbury 2020 takes place from Wednesday 24th to Sunday 28th June. Foals were rumoured to appear at Glastonbury 2019 in January that year, and when they were absent from the line-up, they were quickly suggested as a secret set. They went on to pack the entire Park area (and the hill above it) when they appeared on Saturday night.

Foals tour dates over Glastonbury 2020
Foals tour dates show a gap during Glastonbury

After Foals played the Pyramid Stage in 2016, Neil McCormick from The Telegraph said the band will go on to headline the festival. Emily Eavis said a few weeks ago the Other Stage will feature “Pyramid-level headliners” for the festivals 50th anniversary in 2020.

At the start of last week, Emily Eavis revealed another artist could be announced before Christmas. Speaking to Zoe Ball on BBC Radio 2, she said the remaining Pyramid Stage headliners have never played at Glastonbury before: “and we’ve one male and one female who are coming”.

Paul McCartney was the first headliner to be confirmed back in November, with the former Beatle set to play the Pyramid Stage on Saturday night.

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Glastonbury 50, the book commemorating the festival’s 50th-anniversary, was named as a ‘Book of the Year’ by The Times over the weekend. It previously ranked third in the Sunday Times Bestseller List for hardback non-fiction books.

The book is authored by organisers Michael and Emily Eavis and contains hundreds of photos from the festival and celebrity contributions.

In an alternative chart released by Amazon, Glastonbury 50 placed 10th among all non-fiction books after its first week of sales. The book had recently sold out in some stores, but festival organisers confirmed today the second print run had now arrived and all stores should be restocked soon, if not already.

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