Exclusive – Arctic Monkeys respond to Glastonbury rumour

'If Michael Eavis said it, we must be playing' say band

Arctic Monkeys have responded to claims that they’re set to headline Glastonbury this year.

As previously reported, the festival chief said that the band would be playing the Pyramid Stage at the event this June despite the fact the line up will not be officially confirmed until later in the year.

Speaking to NME.COM, Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders was cautious to confirm that his band are playing.

“Er, if Michael Eavis said it, well we must be (true) then,” he observed. “I can’t really confirm anything. Nothing gets announced until March, and though stuff leaks out they can always change it!”

The drummer however was keen to join in the speculation about other bands who are set to play this year’s festival.

“I’ve heard that Dire Straits will definitely not be playing, despite the rumours,” he mused. “But someone said Eric Clapton might be there – you never know!”