Adele rules out Glastonbury headline slot: ‘The crowds are too big’

Singer has always maintained that she does not enjoy playing festivals

Adele has rubbished speculation that she will headline Glastonbury next year, saying that she is too scared of the festival’s huge crowds.

The hugely popular singer returned this week with new single ‘Hello’ and details of her next album ’25’, which will be released in November. Adele remains a perennial part of the Glastonbury headliner rumour mill alongside Prince, Coldplay and Fleetwood Mac.

Asked about the chances of her playing the Pyramid Stage in 2016, Adele told Capital London’s Breakfast Show that she can’t see her position on festivals changing: “I think I have made myself pretty clear on Glastonbury,” she said. “The crowds are too big – I don’t know if I could do it.”


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Adele was at Glastonbury this year as a fan: “I went this year to watch Kayne [West] and I literally just crapped my pants on the size of the audience. It was pretty insane.”

Joking about the dirty conditions of a three-day festival, she added: “Well, the front row – they always do a poo and a pee so they don’t lose their spot. They do – I have seen it happen! I nearly did it myself years ago. It’s true, that is why it stinks down the front.”

Earlier this week, Adele published an open letter to fans in which she apologised for making fans wait to hear it.

In the letter Adele wrote about how she always wanted to be older when she was growing up and her regrets over not enjoying her life in the moment. Talking about her new music, Adele writes: “My last record [’21’] was a break-up record and if I had to label this one I would call it a make-up record. I’m making up with myelf. Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did.”

Later in the letter Adele added: “’25’ is about getting to know who I’ve become without realising. And I’m sorry it took so long, but you know, life happened.”