'Biggest bands' vow as Glastonbury ticket sales begin
TICKETS for next year's Glastonbury Festival go on sale tomorrow, with speculation already rife over who will headline the event.
Festival founder Michael Eavis says he has booked "three biggest bands in the world" for next year's event but their identities will not be revealed until after the event has sold out.
Rumours have been circulating that U2, who had to cancel a planned appearance this year after lead singer Bono was injured on tour, will be one of the Pyramid stage headliners.
Other acts which have been linked include Coldplay, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Take That and the Rolling Stones – but Eavis would say only that they were "incredibly impressive".
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He added: "I deliberately want to announce them after the tickets have been sold. It'll be on a par with this year, and possibly slightly better, even."
Mr Eavis said he had deferred his retirement and vowed to continue organising the world's biggest open-air festival for another ten years – by which time he will be 85.
The Pilton farmer, who is preparing to mark his 75th birthday, has previously said the festival of 2011 would be his last.
But yesterday he insisted he was "feeling cock-a-hoop" and will now not retire next year – indicating he could still be at the helm for the 50th festival in 2020.
Mr Eavis runs the show from Worthy Farm with his daughter Emily, 31.
He said: "Maybe I've got another 10 years left in me.
"Emily will be in a good place to take the show on eventually."
Stevie Wonder, Muse and Gorillaz headlined its 40th anniversary this year.
Mr Eavis indicated that one of this year's headliners was to be an American artist – sparking rumours it could be legendary singer Madonna.
Tickets for next year's festival, to take place at Worthy Farm from June 24 to June 26, go on sale from 9am tomorrow.
Registration for tickets closed yesterday.
Once all those who have registered have had a chance to book tickets for next year's festival, registration will reopen on Monday.
Those who have already registered on the site www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk will have a chance to book by paying a £50 deposit, with the remaining £150, including a £5 booking fee, payable next spring.