May 27, 2009 10:56

Glastonbury boss reveals how Bruce Springsteen was persuaded to play

Emily Eavis says she gave The Boss a special document

Glastonbury boss reveals how Bruce Springsteen was persuaded to play
Glastonbury festival organiser Emily Eavis has revealed that she had to write a special document to persuade Bruce Springsteen to make his first festival appearance at the Somerset bash next month.

Eavis explained that Springsteen's agent had never heard of the Worthy Farm event before, so Eavis had to construct a document featuring glowing quotes from past headliners to persuade him to accept the booking.

"It's been our mission for quite a long time to get Bruce," she told BBC 6music. "I thought it was quite unlikely, especially when the agent said, 'Glaston-what?'

"We put together a document for him and spoke to his people a lot and they are really up for it. He's never done a festival before so we didn't expect him to know much about it. It included quotes from lots of different people, musicians who have played.

"It's quite hard to understand why you should play a festival for not much money when you're being offered quite a lot to go elsewhere.

"We put together some information and said 'This is what happens, this is all the money that goes to charity'. Pretty quickly he said: 'Yes'. It's amazing."

Bruce Springsteen will headline the Pyramid Stage on the Saturday night (June 27) of the festival.

Read the full Glastonbury line-up on NME.COM now.

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