The 1975's manager says 'we really wanna play' at Glastonbury 2020

 The 1975's manager says 'we really wanna play' at Glastonbury 2020

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”.

He was asked about the festival in a reply to a conversation about which intro would be used on The 1975’s upcoming UK tour.

The chart-topping band from Cheshire’s Golden Triangle have long been rumoured to play at Glastonbury’s 50th-anniversary this June. In December 2018, lead singer Matt Healy said in a radio interview he’d be at Glastonbury 2020, adding that The 1975 would then be ready to headline after topping the bill at Reading & Leeds in August 2019. Emily Eavis responded by saying: “Oh really? That’s good. Interesting. They’re great. Obviously we’d love to have The 1975.”

Jamie Obourne manages The 1975 as owner of management company All On Red and record label Dirty Hit. When asked by Music Week if acting as both the band’s record label and their manager created a conflict of inflict, he said: “I have a very deep, special relationship with The 1975. That’s been created over a decade. I hope the other artists aspire to that as well. I couldn’t manage too many things because I’m quite emotionally invested in this. I take my ethical duty as a manager and my emotional commitment to people really seriously.”

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, Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis said the one Pyramid headline act yet to be revealed has never played the festival before, ruling out The 1975 from the Friday Pyramid top slot. However, Emily has previously stated the Other Stage will boast ‘Pyramid-level’ headliners this year as part of the festival’s 50th-anniversary celebrations.

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 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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The 1975 – Begoña / ( CC BY-SA 2.0 )