March 6, 2013. A date which shall live in infamy. It’s the day Serge Pizzorno made my job as music columnist for Anglotopia a whole lot easier, because, as it turns out, he’s outed the news I’ve been waiting to hear since I first got assigned to write about Glastonbury in September: THE ROLLING STONES WILL PERFORM AT GLASTONBURY! MESSAGE REPEAT: THE ROLLING STONES WILL PLAY GLASTONBURY!
A seemingly unremarkable interview of Kasabian by MTV News was going over Kasabian’s headlining slot at Hard Rock Calling, which takes place the same week as The Glastonbury Festival, but then he said this: “I hope ours is the most talked about performance of the weekend, but that would be a miracle because The Rolling Stones are playing Glastonbury.”
Alas, there’s been no additional news of the performance, but, for those of you who are interested in Kasabian and Hard Rock Calling, he added that: “It’s nice because we’ll be christening the Olympic Park and we’re playing with Paul Weller and Miles Kane, so it’s gonna be a great Saturday night.”
And, ideally, this will mean that the festival doesn’t need to talk about the sound levels like at Hyde Park. “This band does not work at low levels – it needs to be deafening,” said Pizzorno.
Kasabian will headline day 1 of the festival, and Bruce Springsteen will headline Day 2. Other bands who will perform include: Paul Weller, Miles Kane, The Cribs, Klaxons, Kodaline, Tribes, The Black Crowes, and Alabama Shakes.
“Last year, Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band made international news and history when their Hard Rock Calling encore with Sir Paul McCartney was unceremoniously cut short due to a noise curfew at Hyde Park,” said CEO of Hard Rock International, Hamish Dodds. “This summer we are giving Bruce and the band the opportunity to finish what they started and make history again with a celebrated performance at Hard Rock Calling.”
Tickets for Hard Rock Calling go on sale this Friday (March 8) at 9am with Saturday tickets priced at £45 and Sunday tickets £62.50.
But, now that I’ll never have to write another article speculating whether or not The Stones will headline at Glastonbury 2013, what ever shall I write? Well, come back soon so you can see me do another article about Adele.