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Final Glastonbury Festival line-up hints as Michel Eavis hands Thatchers a headline slot

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: April 29, 2014

By Michael Ribbeck

Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis with Martin Thatcher. the Somerset cider giant's drink will be the official cider at the festival this year

Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis with Martin Thatcher. The Somerset cider giant's drink will be the official cider at the festival this year

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Glastonbury fans will have to wait just a few more days to find out who is headlining this year's festival, but Michael Eavis has dropped some very big hints.

The founder of one of the world's most popular festivals is still refusing to name the all-important Saturday night headliner, but has given a few tantalising clues.

He revealed that it will be "one of the biggest selling bands in the world at the moment" and confirmed the mystery act will be making its first appearance at Worthy Farm. The veteran festival organiser was speaking 24 hours after the last 10,000 tickets for this year's festival were snapped up in a record 12 minutes.

Speculation reached fever pitch in the run-up to the sale of last remaining tickets which were leftover following the returns from last October's sale.

Mr Eavis said: "We are expecting to announce the full line-up at the beginning of May and everything is now in place. We are more than happy with calibre of the acts and the headliner on Saturday will be one of the biggest selling bands in the world at the moment."

Originally the plan was to have three bands headlining on the three main nights of the festival who had not made the trip to Worthy Farm before, but Mr Eavis admitted that one of the groups he originally had in mind "slipped through his fingers".

Mr Eavis was speaking at an event to launch a commercial tie-in with Thatchers, which will see the North Somerset firm's drink sold in bars across the festival.

He said: "We start working on the line-up as soon as the festival has finished because we want to get it right. We are pretty pleased with all of the acts this time around. It is not just about the headliners it is about the whole programme."

Speculation in recent weeks has gone into overdrive and in the run-up to this weekend's resale a Tweet from Liam Gallagher led to bookmakers closing bets on Oasis reform ing for the festival. Mr Eavis said: "The Oasis thing had nothing to do with us, we hadn't even considered asking them.

"They have played at the festival three or four times and they are a great band.

"They were not that well known the first time they played here but they were a great band even then. I am not sure that Noel is ready to go back on the road with Oasis because he has his own band at the moment.

"I think if it were to happen and they did come back to Glastonbury it would probably be in four or five years time, I can't see it happening before then."

The names in the frame for the final piece in the jigsaw have included Prince, dance band Daft Punk and veteran heavy metal band Metallica.

But Michael Eavis said that the festival is about much more than the bands who appear on the Pyramid Stage.

He said: "My dream is to sell all the tickets without people knowing anything about the bands who are going to be playing and I think we are getting pretty close to being in that position.

"We are staging one of the best known festivals in the world and we want people to come to enjoy the whole event. This is an incredible event and every year we do our best to make it a little bit better and improve it in some way."

Asked if he was proud with what he has achieved over the last 43 years of running the festival he said: "I don't believe in looking backwards, for me it is far more important to look forwards. What we are aiming to do is to improve every year.

"I think we put on a great party and there is 1,000 acres of stuff going on across the site, the nightlife is incredible and is now a really important part of the festival."

Perhaps even more importantly of all the dairy farmer revealed he has been working on improving the toilet arrangements for the sites.

He said: "The toilets are really important for people and we work really hard to get them right. I have come up with a new design which we are calling the long drop mark III. We tried them out last year and they seemed to work well so we are increasing the number of them on the site."

He added: "I think one of the best things about the festival is that people feel a real connection with it. I travel all over the world and wherever I go people want to talk to me about the festival.

"We get people coming to us from every part of the world and the festival is a really important part of their lives."

Asked which act he is most looking forward to seeing this year around Mr Eavis said: "I am really looking forward to Dolly Parton and hearing all those great songs of hers.

"Last year we had Kenny Rodgers and he was great. She is big star and I am sure she will put on a great show."

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