June 20, 2011 11:49

U2 bringing their own stage to Glastonbury?

Michael Eavis hints the headliners' production will be bigger than anticipated

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Glastonbury boss Michael Eavis has suggested that U2 are bringing their own stage to the festival this weekend.

The Irish rock legends headline the festival this Friday (June 24) in their first festival performance since the 1980s. In recent years, the band have been more used to lavish stage productions, like the infamous 'claw' construction that formed the centerpiece of their most recent world tour.

Now, Eavis has suggested that their show may not be as stripped down as expected.


He told the Daily Star: "U2 are excited, especially after they couldn’t come last year. I first tried to book them 35 years ago. They are bringing their own stage with them. We're having to put a lot of stuff in for them but we’re so happy to have them."

Eavis' comments may have to be taken with a pinch of salt, however. It would not be logistically possible to install 'the claw' on Worthy Farm, and Glastonbury's own listings have it that U2 are playing the Pyramid Stage.

Yet at last year's Download, headliners AC/DC did bring their own stage, sat adjacent to the main stage, to accommodate their own huge production. No other acts were permitted to play at the same time as them.

Eavis once again repeated his annual claim that this year's festival will be the best ever. He said: "The line-up must be the best we've had – we sold all the tickets in three hours. No other event has sold as fast as this one, so after 41 years that's not bad."

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