As a rule,the artists who’ll play Glastonbury aren’t announced until the Spring. But occasionally, some artists will confirm their involvement ahead of time. Like two weeks ago, when the first artists to confirm their spot at Worthy Farm took to Facebook to announce it. Briston-based Drum n Bass duo Stanton Warriors said simply: “Glastonbury Festival (official) 2014 is a go!” the post reads. “It will be our 10th anniversary of playing there : )” They didn’t reveal the stage they’d play on; last year, they played the Glade stage and have, in years past, played the West Dance stage. As mentioned before, this would be the tenth straight festival they’ve performed at.
But there’s two artists who’ve mulled over the possibility of playing at Glastonbury, although, since Michael Eavis has confirmed that all the headliners are already in place, it’s safe to assume that they’re not headlining.
First off, there’s Metallica, who have recently announced that they plan on being the first rock band to play on every continent on Earth, including Antarctica, says that they’d love to play Glastonbury and all Michael Eavis has to do is call them.
They have never played Worthy Farm before, but, with no headliners revealed for the next year’s festival, Ulrich has thrown his hat into the ring, especially as he fears that Metallica’s chances at getting a headlining spot are dwindling ever down.
Quoth Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich: “Every year there’s probably less chance of us doing it than the previous year, but it just looks like it would be a fun night out. We’ve been fortunate enough to play every other festival on this planet numerous times, so Glastonbury is the only one that’s eluding us. There’s such a vibe and it’s maybe the most quintessentially English festival. Everybody who goes there loves it and obviously Michael [Eavis] doesn’t need our help – I completely appreciate and respect that – but if he ever wants to get hold of us we’re in the Yellow Pages and ready to go!”
And the Manic Street Preachers has revealed that they have plans to perform “The Holy Bible”, their magnum opus which just happened to have hardly any US exposure in full at Glastonbury in commemoration of its 20th anniversary.
Quoth Nicky Wire: “I’ve had a good rummage in the attic and there’s plenty of stuff. Lots of letters from each other. Lots of notebooks really that I forgot we had, myself and Richey especially. It’d be nice to do some sort of thing. We’ve wrestled with the idea of doing a gig playing the whole of it, but I’m not so sure…” After the audience rejoiced, he added: “I’d like to do it at Glastonbury actually, I really would.”
Guitarist James Dean Bradfield added: “I think [Nicky Wire] might have a plan. We’ve definitely found a lot of ‘Holy Bible’ material which we didn’t know we had. I don’t mean music – pictures, perhaps some notebooks, that kind of thing. We’ve found things there, definitely.”
Drummer Sean Moore had no comment. And do you really think Richey would have come out of retirement to say anything about the gig?