Virtual Festivals, July 14, 2012
"It's the plan. Because that's what we do. Everybody is on board" is what Stevie Nicks said earlier this week when asked on US TV show This Morning (no Philip Schofield to be seen on this one) if Fleetwood Mac would be reuniting for a tour in 2013.
So the rumour mill splutters into life once again – when The Mac last toured in 2009, they were heavily rumoured to be headlining Glastonbury that year, until Emily Eavis put the kibosh on it all, revealing that they hadn’t been asked.
Stevie has not been a stranger to Glastonbury rumours herself, her solo show was hotly tipped to take one of the guest slots last year as she came to play Hard Rock Calling 2011 over the same weekend.
But, with the festival returning next year, and golden oldies Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones already tipped as headliners, what price a big Pyramid Stage singalong to ‘Go Your Own Way’ and the like?
Talking of The Stones, it looks like they’re finally preparing to return to live duties, having given the oft-rumoured Olympics show a miss:
Speaking to ITN, singer Mick Jagger said: "I didn't think, to be honest, we were quite stage ready [for the Olympics]. We haven't played in a long time, and it's a very big gig and it's very risk-taking. I didn't think the band themselves felt they were really ready to do it at this point.
We hope we're going to do some gigs this year. We haven't actually finalised them, but we hope we're going to do some gigs. We've done rehearsing, hanging out together and all that discussing so you know, we've been seeing each other quite a lot."
Guitarist Keith Richards also confirmed to the BBC that the wheels were in motion: “There's things in the works - I think it's definitely happening. But when? I can't say yet. We're playing around with the idea and had a couple of rehearsals - we've got together and it feels so good.”
So they’ll be a well-oiled machine by, say, next June? Perhaps 2013 will see the band make it to Worthy Farm, with some speculating that it could be the setting for their final-ever show.
Other names in the headliner frame at this stage include The Stone Roses, Radiohead, Adele, The Killers, Mumford & Sons, Florence & The Machine, Arctic Monkeys, Jay-Z & Kanye West and even Metallica, but no-one is likely to be confirmed for a long time yet. Michael Eavis recently said that all three headliners had already been booked for next year's festival, but declined to name names.
Glastonbury 2013 tickets will go on sale at 9am on Sunday 7 October. As with the last few years, anyone wishing to buy a ticket for the festival will have to register in advance.
Registration is open now and free of charge, and can be done by heading to www.glastonburyregistration.co.uk
and filling in your details and uploading a photo of yourself, which will be printed on the ticket. Every would-be ticketholder will need to register individually.
If you have registered to buy tickets to the Festival before, you may well still be registered, as you now only need to do it once, and you can also now edit the details of your existing registration (for example if you need to change your address) on the site.
Ticket prices will be confirmed at a later date.
Glastonbury Festival 2013 takes place on 26-30 June 2013 at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset