Rage Against the Machine’s world tour has a huge gap during Glastonbury

 Rage Against the Machine’s world tour has a huge gap during Glastonbury

Rage Against the Machine announced a massive 2020 world tour last night, with the Leeds and Reading Festivals this August currently the only UK dates.

However, there’s a long gap between runs of North American arena gigs from May 23rd to July 10th, with the only RATM appearance during this period being Delaware’s Firefly Festival on June 19th. Fans on social media have instantly reacted with hopes more festival slots could be announced.

Glastonbury’s 50th-anniversary takes place from Wednesday 24th June to Sunday 28th June, with the main music acts starting on the Friday.

Rage Against the Machine

Leeds and Reading haven’t (yet) bragged their headline appearance from Rage is a UK exclusive for the year, leaving open the possibility they could feature on another line-up. The Download Festival roster is already looking pretty full, so Glasto’ could be one of few remaining possibilities.

Rage Against the Machine have been rumoured to appear at Glastonbury 2020 since they reunited last Autumn, and the festival later appeared on a supposedly-leaked tour poster – which then turned out to be fake.

The Glasto Thingy, the go-to resource for the history of Glastonbury announcements, pointed out on Twitter that Reading and Leeds have never shared a headliner with Glasto’, at least in recent history.

Meanwhile others are remaining hopeful:

Guns N’ Roses last month 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.

There’s also a Glastonbury-shaped gap in the My Chemical Romance tour dates announced a few weeks back, boosting hopes the band could appear at the festival. The rumour mill had already kicked into gear 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.

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.

Glastonbury Pyramid Stage crowd

The 1975 named “headlining Glastonbury” as their ambition while featuring on Radio 1’s Future Sounds with Annie Mac recently, 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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