One of the organisers of Glastonbury has asked for an end to the rumours surrounding next year’s headliners, claiming that everything she has seen is ‘untrue’.
Emily Eavis, who has been helping to keep the festival running for more than 20 years, has predominantly taken over from her father, Michael Eavis, in recent years, and is therefore in a good position to know what is and isn’t happening down on Worthy Farm.
But, with the tickets set to be released in the coming weeks – admittedly after a problem meant that it had to be pushed back – there is considerable interest in who will be taking to the stage in the main headline slots in early summer of next year.
After the success of this year’s festival – with Elton John and Arctic Monkeys both giving noteworthy headline spots – the festival-going public are waiting with baited breath to see who will take over from them on the Pyramid Stage in 2024.
It had been rumoured that Madonna, Dua Lipa, and Coldplay would take up the three slots on the big stage, but now Eavis has weighed in with her opinion on it.
She says that there is no truth to those rumours, and whilst she might just be trying to keep things deep under cover, we have to believe that she wouldn’t come out with that sort of remark if she didn’t believe it.
Posting on her Instagram account this Sunday, Eavis said: "As always, there is much speculation and excitement about who is playing at Glastonbury.
"We are working on the line-up day and night at the moment, but it's still changing every day.
"The story about our confirmed headliners is untrue.
"As always, we love your enthusiasm and guesswork - but accurate news on headliners will be with you sometime in the new year!"
The report – if there had been any truth to it – would have meant that 2024 would be the first time that two female headliners had played together, after last year’s all-male affair.
As well as Elton and the Monkeys, Guns N’ Roses also featured on the main stage.
The festival will take place in Somerset next year between June 26 and June 30.
Speaking last month on Nick Grimshaw and Annie Mac’s Sidetracked podcast, Eavis confirmed that there will be a female performer for the classic Sunday afternoon Legends slot.
She said: "I've always been really passionate about gender split [on festival line-ups] and I think, actually, our problem was that I'd been so outspoken about it that having a year when there wasn't a female sent people a bit mad - or some people.
"And we did have a female - she pulled out and we replaced them with Guns N' Roses.
“But everyone knows that it's top of my list.
"It is difficult with female artists because there aren't enough headliners.
“But we're also creating them.
"We're putting the bands and female artists on smaller stages and bringing them through all the time. And who knows? Next year we might get two.
“And certainly, I can say that the legend is female."Featured Image Credit: Anna Barclay via Getty Dave Benett via Getty