FEST OF BIG NAMES!

The likes of Prince, Radiohead and Jay-Z lined up for headline slots...

Although the summer festivals may seem miles away, big names are already being booked for the GLASTONBURY, V2003 and READING and LEEDS festivals.

As ever, Glastonbury’s line-up is attracting speculation, but organisers may announce a final bill when tickets go on sale in March. Last year the bands were kept under wraps until just days before, although most of the main acts had already hinted they would appear.

As long as a licence appeal is successful, REM will definitely headline on the first night of the festival (June 27). Festival sources have told NME.COM that a “special guest” will play just before the American rockers, although rumours David Gray will appear are currently unconfirmed.

Radiohead are a good bet for the following evening, with their album due in June and the band looking for a huge comeback show. The Sunday headline slot is strongly rumoured to be Prince. Michael Eavis usually ends the festival with a veteran or legend – last year veteran rocker Rod Stewart played, in 2000, David Bowie.

Other clues as to the bill come from last year’s Pilton Party, a small event organised by Michael Eavis. Idlewild played at this, and are likely to be Second Stage headliners or high up on the Main Stage. They have also been approached for T In The Park and Reading.

Suede, who are planning the release of a ‘Greatest Hits’ in 2003, could also return to Glastonbury – a festival they played at their prime in 1993.

With the New Rock Revolution in full swing, expect next summer’s Reading and Leeds festivals to be amongst the best yet. Metallica will headline, with the likes of Linkin Park, Audioslave, System Of A Down and The Vines contenders for prime slots.

Sources close to the V2003 festival have told NME.COM that Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The White Stripes and Coldplay are on their wish list for this year, while Scotland’s T In The Park is celebrating its tenth birthday, and will see a headline appearance from REM, while Foo Fighters and Travis are also possible.

Final announcements on festival line-ups are expected in the spring.