MADONNA’S RAY OF LIGHT FOR FARMERS?

Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis is currently planning the proposed festival...

MADONNA is being lined up to play at a Farm Aid-style festival being organised by GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL figurehead MICHAEL EAVIS.

According to reports in this morning’s (March 30) Mirror, Paul McCartney, who also owns a farm, may perform at the event.

Meanwhile, today’s Times newspaper reports that Radiohead, REM and Neil Young are also possibilities for the projected festival.

However, it’s not yet known when – or if – the event will go ahead or even if Eavis has approached any acts to play.

As previously reported on NME.COM, Michael was forced to scrap this year’s Glastonbury over safety concerns because of previous over-crowding due to fence jumpers.

But talking to NME.COM last month, he admitted that he would have been forced to scrap the event this year anyway, due to the foot and mouth disease crisis currently sweeping the UK.

Worthy Farm, where the festival is held, is a working dairy farm and Michael said he could never have risked spreading the disease to his livestock.

And experts are predicting that the disease may not be eradicated until Christmas in a worst-case scenario.

A spokesperson at Worthy Farm told NME.COM this morning that nothing could be confirmed as yet regarding Farm Aid.

She said: “To be perfectly honest, it’s just in the initial stages at the moment. No concrete plans have been made about it as yet. But the idea is to promote the countryside and help the farmers out in the foot and mouth crisis.”

She added that the venue, time and the bill were still to be planned.

The spokesperson also said that at present, Michael’s farm had managed to escape the foot and mouth scourge and that so far, only one case had been confirmed in Somerset. “We’re hoping it stays that way,” she said.