August 13, 2012 17:32

Michael Eavis eyes The Stone Roses for Glastonbury 2013

Festival boss also promises a 'greater sense of freedom' next year

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Glastonbury festival boss Michael Eavis is pursuing The Stone Roses as headliners for next year's event.

Eavis was spotted watching the reunited band at Hungary's Sziget festival on Friday (August 10). And the following day he told NME: "I'm very keen on The Stone Roses – I always have been. They played at Pilton Party for 300 people in 1995, which is the year they cancelled on the main event and Pulp stepped in to replace them. I would like them to come back at some point. Are they a possible headliner for next year? I think it is possible, yeah."

Eavis says the break from putting on the festival this year has been a welcome one, allowing the team to concentrate on taking the licensing back in house after a decade-long association with Festival Republic. "We've actually changed the structure quite a bit, the management," Eavis continued. "We're managing the licensing, the health and safety now ourselves, which means we're back driving the train again. We'll be back to how we were before the problems we had in the year 2000. We're venturing into a new era now and it's very exciting. Will there be more of a sense of freedom? You bet there will be."

Echoing his traditional comment at each year’s press conference, Eavis promised that Glastonbury 2013 will be the best one ever. "We've already got some acts confirmed, but I can't say who they are," he said. "There’s not a shadow of a doubt – it will be the best festival we've ever done."

Eavis was visiting Sziget as a guest of the organisers, and was impressed by what he saw. "It's not quite the same thing as we do, but there's an element of it because it has a lovely atmosphere. They're much tidier than we are too – maybe it's a continental thing. It reminds of the Bath & Wells Agricultural Show because there are stalls about the rural economy and the price of wheat. My lot wouldn’t be interested in the price of wheat, would they?"


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