Festival bosses decide against showing potential last 16 match because it will clash with main headliners

Glastonbury festival organisers have announced they will not be screening England’s World Cup matches this year.

Michael Eavis and co have pulled the plug on showing the team’s potential last 16 match during the three-day bash because the game will either clash with the main headliners on Saturday (June 28) and Sunday (29).

A statement on Glastonbury’s official website reads: “Should England’s football team qualify from the group stages to the knock out rounds of this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, their match in the Last 16 is scheduled to either take place at 9pm UK time on the Saturday of Glastonbury (if they finish second in their group) or 9pm UK time on the Sunday of Glastonbury (if they win their group).”

It continues: “In previous years, we have endeavoured to show England’s matches on big screens where possible (other nations’ matches have not been shown). However, with the potential England matches clashing with the headline sets at this year’s festival, the decision has been made that – should England qualify from their group – their last 16 match will not be shown at Glastonbury 2014.”

“As England’s final group game takes place at 5pm UK time on Tuesday, June 24th (the evening before Glastonbury 2014 begins), it won’t be known until then whether or not England will actually play a match during the festival. But, as we are already being asked about our plans, we wanted to let everyone know well in advance that the decision has been made not to screen the potential match.”

“We’d also like to take this opportunity to wish Roy Hodgson’s side all the best in Brazil. And we very much hope that we’ll all be able to watch England playing a Quarter Final match on the 4th or 5th of July.”

Tickets for this year’s bash will be resold with ticket and coach packages on April 24 from 7pm and general admission tickets going on sale on April 27 at 9am. General admission tickets will cost £210, with a £5 booking fee.

The acts officially confirmed so far are headliners Arcade Fire and Kasabian along with Dolly Parton, Lily Allen, Disclosure, Blondie, The Black Keys, Lana Del Rey and Warpaint. A third headliner is due to be revealed in the coming weeks.

Kasabian guitarist/singer Serge Pizzorno recently said he’ll “die happy” after headlining Glastonbury 2014 this summer in an interview you can watch below.