Paul Heaton says he’ll ‘hopefully’ be at Glastonbury 2020

 Paul Heaton says he’ll ‘hopefully’ be at Glastonbury 2020

Mancunian singer-songwriter Paul Heaton, previously of the Housemartins and the Beautiful South, said last night he’ll “hopefully” be at Glastonbury next year for the festival’s 50th anniversary.

He was answering questions from fans during a late-night Q&A session on Twitter when asked if he’d be returning to Worthy Farm in June, having featured on the line-up in both 2014 and 2016 with former Beautiful South vocalist Jacqui Abbott.

When the band broke up in 2007, Paul pursued a solo career and released three albums. Then in 2014, he reunited with Jacqui to record the album ‘What Have We Become?’ and will release their fourth album as a duo ‘Manchester Calling’ in March 2020.

The Guardian previously described Paul Heaton as: “one of our finest songwriters: his music reveals an exuberant ear for melody, his lyrics a keen eye and a brilliant wit”.

‘Glastonbury 50’, the book commemorating next summer’s 50th-anniversary of Glastonbury Festival, has come third in this week’s 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.

After being released on 31st October, Glastonbury 50 sold an estimated 12,325 copies in the week ahead of entering the Bestseller List. Emily Eavis said: “Wow! Staggered by this. Thanks to everyone who has bought our book – hope you enjoy reading it”.

Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary will take place at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset from Wednesday 24th to Sunday 28th June 2020.

Wolf Alice and Diana Ross are the only artists officially confirmed for the festival’s line-up, though Mike Skinner and Carl Cox have ‘self-confirmed’. Supergrass are strongly-rumoured after reforming in September to perform at Pilton Party, a ‘thank-you’ event for the local community organised by Glastonbury.

Tickets for the event next June sold out in just 34 minutes last month, with 50 pairs held back and sold in a special ballot. More tickets will be available in resales held on April 16th and 19th 2020.

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Paul Heaton – Simon Fernandez / ( CC BY 2.0 )
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