Blur and Bob Dylan are thus far slated to headline this year's
Glastonbury Festival in the
U.K., according to Michael Eavis, the festival's organizer, who said the
two acts will be appearing on the Pyramid Stage.
Acts scheduled to appear on the festival's other stage include
Spiritualized, Underworld, Placebo,
Cornershop, Tricky and Ian Brown, with others to be added, Eavis said.
Details of the festival -- which will take place on June 26-28 on a
farm in Pilton, Somerset, in Southwest England -- were recently confirmed
by Eavis after having been published on the website of a British
newspaper, The Guardian.
While Eavis endorsed the information on the site, Dick Vernon, a
spokesperson for the
festival, warned that "these are bands that have been involved in
contractual discussions, but there are always many more acts, and the
lineups may change. We make a point of not advertising the bands, either
before or after tickets are on sale."
Jules Griffith, marketing executive for The Guardian, said the
information was approved by festival organizers, despite that they
had originally intended to follow last year's precedent of keeping the
lineup for the massive annual festival under tight wraps right up until
the month of the concert.
Further confusing matters, the announcement that Blur will be appearing on
June 27 contradicts recent statements by the band in which group members
strenuously refuted rumors that they would be playing at the festival.
"Basically, yes, Blur will be playing Glastonbury this year. But the
festival press office doesn't want us to confirm it," said an
anonymous spokeswoman for Blur.
Blur, who have said they wouldn't be touring in 1998, would be offering their
only live U.K. performance during the festival. The band will concentrate
year on a forthcoming album, which vocalist Damon Albarn intends to start
recording in July. The band refused to comment on its plans for the
Festival organizers will debut a new attraction at the event this year --
"The New Tent," which will host English pop-rock acts such as former
Stone Roses singer Ian
Brown and Asian Dub Foundation (June 26); Cornershop and Jesus and Mary
Chain (June 27); and Earl Brutus and Red Snapper (June 28).
Approximately 80,000 tickets are being offered for the festival, priced at
£80 ($132) each for the weekend, including camping.