GLASTONBURY SNUB FOR U2

Michael Eavis won’t be phoning Bono for Glastonbury 2007…

GLASTONBURY organiser MICHAEL EAVIS has snubbed U2 in favour of new bands for GLASTONBURY 2007.

Speaking this morning (June 26) at the event, Eavis revealed that he won’t be making any effort to book U2 when the festival returns in two years time, and instead is looking to many of the bands who starred on this year’s NME Awards tour.

”I’m not doing the U2 thing again,” he said. “They’ve got to phone me now, I can tell you that.”

He added: “A lot of these new bands are creeping up fast. The best bands of this year have been Kaiser Chiefs, Razorlight, Bloc Party and there are so many of them out there who are racing up the scale. One of those are going to be headlining eventually. There’s plenty of new stuff to choose from. If U2 give me a ring I’d be delighted – but I’m not going to ring them anymore.”

Glastonbury 2005 has seen headlining performances from The White Stripes, Razorlight, Babyshambles as well as last night’s triumphant Pyramid Stage set from Coldplay – Eavis’ personal highlight of the weekend.

He said: “(My highlight was) Coldplay’s last song ‘Fix You’. I’m a real Coldplay fan. I think Chris Martin has come up with something really new in pop music. The whole concept and songwriting – it’s original music and it’s not churning out the same rock and roll music like so many other bands do year after year.”

The weekend also saw much of the festival site flooded on Friday (June 24) leaving many campers’ tents underwater following torrential rain in the early hours of the morning.

Many festival-goers were forced to uproot their tents and The Subways, Dead 60s and Black Bud had to cancel their sets.

Speaking about the bad weather, Eavis explained: “Two inches on Friday morning was a bit of nightmare as you can imagine but the greatest thing is that it hasn’t rained since – it’s been fantastic. If you have wellies on it doesn’t make any difference with the mud. It does stimulate the character a little bit as a kind of fun factor rather than boring continuous hot sun which makes people lethargic.”

He added: “It’s very difficult for the crew – especially for the electricians. They started here about 35 years ago and they’re so good at their job they’re going into Afghanistan after the war and supplying electricity from what they’ve learnt here. It’s a fantastic training ground for crisis.”

Summing up Glastonbury 2005, Eavis said: “(It’s been) pretty damn good. Wherever I go people seem to love the festival more and more every year. That’s the people who keep me going – the people out there in their wellie boots and just enjoying themselves. It’s really inspiring for me.”

Today at the closing day of the event will see performances from Brian Wilson, Van Morrison, Basement Jaxx and Primal Scream.