Pet Shop Boys hint at Glastonbury appearance in radio interview

 Pet Shop Boys hint at Glastonbury appearance in radio interview

Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys has today teased fans with hints of a Glastonbury appearance in an interview with Nicki Chapman on the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show.

When Nicki asked Neil about the chances of the band playing at the festival’s 50th-anniversary this summer, he replied “You’ve put me on the spot”, then hesitated before adding: “let’s leave me there”.

Nicki commented: “I’m gonna keep everything crossed, it’s the 50th-anniversary of Glastonbury Festival isn’t it and I couldn’t think of any better band to be playing live there”.

The synth-pop duo previously appeared at Glastonbury in 2000 and 2010. They also joined The Killers on the Pyramid Stage during their headline slot last summer, accompanying the band for their hit ‘Human’ and performing a synth-pop rendition of ‘Always on My Mind’ by Elvis Presley.

The Pet Shop Boys have already announced dates for their first-ever ‘greatest hits’ tour, ‘Dreamworld’, set to take place this May and June, opening the door to speculation the band will appear at Glastonbury, which runs from 24th to 28th June.

You can listen to the full interview on BBC Sounds. Skip to 2:18:40 for the Glastonbury question.

Glastonbury Free Press Pyramid Stage
Sunday at Glastonbury 2019

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.

In addition to Paul McCartney, Wolf Alice and Diana Ross are the only other artists officially confirmed for the festival’s line-up, though Mike Skinner and Carl Cox have ‘self-confirmed’.

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.

Jamie Oborne, manager of The 1975, was asked about Glastonbury while answering questions about the band last night and responded: “well we really wanna play”.

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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.

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

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