Mick Jagger on Glastonbury: 'It's the alternative Ascot'

Rolling Stones frontman says he "had fun" headlining the 2013 festival

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Mick Jagger has labelled Glastonbury festival the "alternative Ascot".

In an interview with The Observer , looking back at The Rolling Stones' momentous year, in which they celebrated 50 years of being together as a band and headlined the Worth Farm bash, Jagger likened the festival to the posh horse racing event.

He said:
It's the alternative Ascot, let's face it. Not that I've ever been to the proper Ascot.

However, he went on to talk favourably about headlining the festival and revealed that Bono and Coldplay's Chris Martin convinced him that it was a good idea to play Glasto. He added: "It was kind of fun."

Jagger famously posted a picture of himself on instagram standing outside a luxurious yurt with the caption: "Me and my yurt! #StonesGlasto #yurtalert#glastonbury." But he has now come clean and admitted he never actually spent the night camping – and the yurt belonged to his daughter. "I wasn't going to rent my own," he said.

Last week, The Rolling Stones announced a series of live dates to take place in 2014, including shows in the Far East, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Mick Taylor, who was a member of The Rolling Stones from 1969-1974, will be a special guest for the tour, which is titled '14 On Fire'.

The band played two sold-out headline dates at London's Hyde Park in July this year (2013). They are yet to announce any further UK dates.

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