Emily Eavis booked Beyonce to keep Glastonbury ‘diverse’

Organiser also says she is 'lucky' to get Coldplay

Emily Eavis has explained why she booked Beyonce as a headliner for Glastonbury this year.

After the announcement last week (February 11) that the former Destiny’s Child singer was headlining the Somerset event, Eavis said she was keen to keep the festival as “diverse” as possible.

She told Glastonburyfestivals.co.uk: “We are really keen to keep the line-up as diverse as possible. It’s always been that way. We really want the people who are the masters of their fields, and that’s what she is.”

She added: “I went to see her live last year and was blown away by the might of the show. She has such soul, an amazing voice with an incredible, all-female band. She knows how to deliver live, and she packs a big punch – it’s gonna explode!”

Eavis also said that Coldplay, who are also set to headline, had visited Worthy Farm recently to “start planning their show”.

“We were really lucky to get them [Coldplay],” she said. “It’s been a while since they came and played here [they headlined in 2005], so I think this will be a big one. They’re one of the great Glastonbury bands, that really get what we’re about and that have supported us through some tricky times.”

Glastonbury 2011 takes place at Worthy Farm, Pilton. Billed music takes place on June 24-26, with the site opening on June 22.

Last year Gorillaz replaced U2 as headliners, with Muse and Stevie Wonder also playing headline slots. Michael Eavis has asked U2 to headline this year, but the band have not confirmed if they are playing or not yet.

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