Tanita Tikaram self-confirms for Glastonbury on BBC Radio 4

 Tanita Tikaram self-confirms for Glastonbury on BBC Radio 4

Pop-folk singer-songwriter Tanita Tikaram has revealed she will be playing at Glastonbury’s 50th-anniversary this summer in an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends show this weekend.

During a conversation about the challenges of playing live, presenter Nikki Bedi asked: “You’re playing Glastonbury later this year, aren’t you?”

Tanita replied: “Hopefully, yes!”

Asked how that feels, Tanita said, “I feel awful, I feel sick” before breaking out in laughter and adding: “I don’t know what to do!”

“It’s my second time [at Glastonbury], but the first time was really like ‘oh my god I’m playing Glastonbury!’ so I don’t know.”

Another guest on the show, Joy Crookes, was asked if she had any advice and suggested: “Don’t get drunk the night before… and, just like, at the end of the day it’s people who want to have fun in a field.”

Tanita rose to fame in 1988 when her single ‘Good Tradition‘ reached number 10 in the UK chart. Her most recent album ‘Closer to the People’ was released in 2016 with the singles ‘Glass Love Train‘ and ‘The Way You Move‘.

To hear the interview for yourself, listen to the show on BBC Sounds. The conversation about Glastonbury begins just before 22 minutes in.

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Lana Del Ray is set for the Pyramid Stage

Lana Del Ray is the latest artist officially confirmed to appear at Glastonbury’s 50th-anniversary, with an official announcement she will appear on the Pyramid Stage made on 13th February.

Back in January, Guns N’ Roses 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.

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Sunday at Glastonbury 2019

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.

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Image credits:
Tanita Tikaram: Stephan Brending / CC BY-SA 3.0
Lana Del Ray: Harmony Gerber / CC BY-SA 2.0
Glasto: Anna Barclay
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