As the final tents are packed away and the, er, sweeping up comes to an end, our thoughts now turn to Glastonbury 2008. No, we’re not mad, we still need several months to recover, but we here at the Q Glastonbury Desk are idly wondering who will be on the bill next year? Here are the clues, suggestions and wild-shots-in-the-dark so far…
Michael Eavis claimed that he wants to book Muse as a headliner for Glastonbury next year, but that they chose to play Wembley Stadium instead. This was in an interview with the BBC the Tuesday before the festival. But then at the press conference on the Sunday, he revealed that the trio weren’t in the frame. “I don't want to fall out with them over it,” he said cryptically.
Definitely out of the frame now. “To be honest we don’t actually need U2” said Michael Eavis at the press conference. Ooh!
The perennial Glastonbury favourite are due back with a new album, and by 2008 it’ll be a full five years since their last headlining appearance. Thom Yorke was spotted at this year’s bash, so maybe he was checking out the new drainage… or something?
Headlined in 2005, but we’re not sure how that year off’s going. Still, new material could be ready by next June, so a possible contender.
Ms Minogue pulled out of 2005’s festival due to her brush with cancer, so she’s overdue a Glastonbury spot. She’s now back in action, and with an appearance in the Christmas special edition of Doctor Who, 2008 could be Kylie’s year. And with Dame Shirley Bassey pulling off an impeccable performance this year, Worthy Farm has proved acceptable for divas.
They said they’d be back as they wound up this year’s appearance, but will they make the headline slot? And surely everybody in the world has seen the Kaisers at least twice by now?
Johnny Borrell and his crew were in the frame to play this year, according to Eavis Snr, but never appeared – they’re playing Reading and Leeds instead. A year of touring may count them out for Glastonbury 2008.
The Eavises cited Sir Paul’s 2004 hitfest as “really fantastic” and with renewed activity in the Macca camp (plus a few, er, bills to pay off) there might be a re-run… Is it too soon, though?
Michael Eavis told Q that the veteran guitar wrangler would be a dream choice for a future Glastonbury, along with Tom Waits. But come on – Young, Crazy Horse, Heart Of Gold, Like A Hurricane, Rockin’ In The Free World, Only Love Can Break Your Heart… it writes itself.
Played a blinder in 1984 and a dream booking of Michael Eavis. “I’d love to get Johnny Marr and Morrissey together,” he told Q recently. “We should work on that one.”
Who do you think should play Glastonbury 2008? Is it about time Thom Yorke pulled his finger out? Or should we bring Macca back? Leave your thoughts here…