The 1975 want to headline Glastonbury, but they're 'busy this year'

 The 1975 want to headline Glastonbury, but they're 'busy this year'

The 1975 named “headlining Glastonbury” as their ambition while featuring on Radio 1’s Future Sounds with Annie Mac last night, where they unveiled new single ‘Me & You Together’.

Asked by Annie Mac if the band had ambitions they hadn’t yet realised, frontman Matty Healy responded: “Um, yeah, but not stuff that’s impossible. Headline Glastonbury, but that’s… err…”

Drummer George Daniel interrupted: “We’re busy this year, I think”.

Matty added: “It’s such an amazing thing to do as a band, that would probably be the only gig I feel like we need to do before it kind of all changes [for the band], but we’re not saying this year or anything”.

Annie Mac added: “Perfect, 2021… 2021, it’s gonna be!”

One of the band responded: “Let’s do it!”

Earlier this month, The 1975’s manager Jamie Oborne was asked about Glastonbury while answering questions about the band and responded: “well we really wanna play”.

You can listen to last night’s interview for yourself on BBC Sounds, with the relevant conversation just after 37 minutes.

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The chart-topping band from Cheshire’s Golden Triangle have long been a rumoured Worthy Farm headliner. In December 2018, Matt Healy said in a radio interview he’d be at Glastonbury 2020, adding that they would then be ready to headline after topping the bill at Reading & Leeds in August 2019. Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis responded by saying: “Oh really? That’s good. Interesting. They’re great. Obviously we’d love to have The 1975.”

The band first played at Glastonbury in 2013, before returning in 2014 and again in 2016 when they appeared on the Other Stage on Saturday night before Chvrches and New Order. Highlights of the set remain available to watch on the BBC website.

During an interview with BBC Radio 2, Emily Eavis said the one Pyramid headline act yet to be revealed has never played the festival before, ruling out The 1975 from this year’s remaining headline slot.

Their new 22-track album ‘Notes On A Conditional Form‘ will be released on Friday 24th April.

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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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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