EAVIS ‘MISSED THE BOAT’

Glastonbury is all about "sitting in a field and buying funny hats", according to Justin Hawkins...

THE DARKNESS singer JUSTIN HAWKINS has dismissed GLASTONBURY as the festival for “buying funny hats”, and has said organiser MICHAEL EAVIS “missed the boat” when trying to get the group for the 2004 festival.

The band famously played bottom of the bill in 2003, when they were relatively unknown.

However, this year they will headline the Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds festivals in August, and will not appear at Glastonbury, who claimed the band would want much more money to perform this year.

Speaking in today’s The Sun newspaper (March 30), the singer gave his opinions as to why.

He claimed: “Eavis is a c**k. We don’t deal with fucking arseholes. We were speaking to all the big events before Christmas and Glastonbury was on the list. But Eavis said he thought we wouldn’t be around for the festival in June. It’s his loss. Our decision not to play Glastonbury is nothing to do with cash.

“Of course we asked for a lot — we’re the best band around. Michael Eavis is just annoyed that he missed the boat. He came back to us after he realised his mistake. But it was too late. We’d already agreed to do the Carling Festival for a lot less money. So he’s lost out. Glastonbury is all about sitting in a field and buying funny hats.

“When I go to a festival it’s because I want to see bands and like the line-up. I never went to Glastonbury until we played there. Don’t bother with Glastonbury unless you want to stand in a field and be healed. Reading is about the rock.”

Also already confirmed for this year are 50 Cent, The Offspring, Ash, Hives, Lostprophets, Streets, [/a] and [a].

This year’s festival takes place over their weekend of August 27-29 at Richfield Avenue, Reading and Bramham Park, Wetherby, West Yorkshire.

Tickets are priced £105 for a three-day weekend pass and £45 for a day ticket, not including camping. Tickets are limited to eight per household. Each day the arena opens at midday.

For ticket availability, here for Leeds, or call the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663.

For more on this year’s festivals, including more on Reading and Leeds, Glastonbury, T In The Park and V Festival, see next week’s NME which is out in London tomorrow (March 30) and nationwide Wednesday.