Guns N’ Roses today announced plans for a gig in Glasgow on the Thursday of Glastonbury, with fans hoping it could be a sign the band are set to appear at the festival’s 50th-anniversary this summer.
The festival takes place from Wednesday 24th to Sunday 28th June, with the main music acts starting from the Friday. Guns N’ Roses playing in Glasgow on Thursday 25th and Dublin on Saturday 27th has left many suggesting the band could show up at Glasto’ as part of Friday’s or Sunday’s line-up.
Jonathan Dean, Senior Culture Writer at The Sunday Times, said this afternoon: “Guns’n’Roses headlining Friday night Glastonbury [is] looking increasingly likely”.
Many expect Kendrick Lamar to be the Friday Pyramid headliner, particularly since organiser Emily Eavis hinted they would be a male solo artist who has never before played the festival. Eavis has also said previously the Other Stage will have “Pyramid-level headliners” booked to mark the festival’s 50th-anniversary.
Other have pointed out the logistics of transporting the band’s equipment could be a problem, with no gigs scheduled on consecutive nights at any other point in the tour.
Guns N’ Roses tour dates:
- 20th May – Lisbon, Portugal
- 23th May – Seville, Spain
- 26th May – Munich, Germany
- 29th May – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, UK
- 30th May – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, UK
- 02nd June – Hamburg, Germany
- 06th June – Solvesborg, Sweden
- 09th June – Vienna, Austria
- 12th June – Firenze Firenze Rocks Festival, Italy
- 14th June – Berne, Switzerland
- 17th June – Warsaw, Poland
- 19th June – Prague, Czech Republic
- 21st June – Landgraaf, Holland
- 25th June – Glasgow Green, UK
26th June – Potential Glastonbury appearance?
- 27th June – Dublin, Ireland
28th June – Potential Glastonbury appearance?
Tickets for the tour are currently on sale from Ticketmaster, with tickets for the newly-announced Scotland date on general sale at 9am this Friday, 31st January. They’re on presale now for Nightrain fan club members.
Tickets remain available for both London gigs, though the Friday is now showing as low availability.
There’s also a Glastonbury-shaped gap in the My Chemical Romance tour dates announced yesterday, boosting hopes the band could appear at the festival. Rumours peaked earlier this month when MCR revealed their UK comeback gigs would take place just days before Glastonbury.
Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift were confirmed as the Pyramid Stage headliners for Saturday and Sunday before Christmas. Ahead of the announcements, Taylor Swift was the bookmakers’ favourite headliner while The 1975 were considered fourth most likely by Sky Bet.
Aerosmith appear to have self-confirmed by mistake in an email newsletter sent out to fans. Supergrass are strongly-rumoured after reforming in September to perform at Pilton Party, a ‘thank-you’ event for the local community organised by Glastonbury.
The 1975 named “headlining Glastonbury” as their ambition while featuring on Radio 1’s Future Sounds with Annie Mac last week, but said they’re “busy this year”, fuelling rumours the Cheshire band could appear in 2021.
The Pet Shop Boys have responded to rumours they’re set to appear on the line-up at Glastonbury’s 50th-anniversary this summer in an interview with the Guardian.
Glastonbury 50, the book commemorating the festival’s 50th-anniversary, was named as a ‘Book of the Year’ by The Times for 2019. 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.
Glastonbury’s 50th-anniversary will take place at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset from Wednesday 24th to Sunday 28th June 2020.
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