Blur: ‘We nearly played Glastonbury’

Alex James says 'Damon's mum nixed' offered headline slot

Blur‘s Alex James has revealed that his band were offered a headline slot at this year’s Glastonbury festival.

Writing in The Independent, James explained that the band were close to agreeing a deal to play on Worthy Farm, but the booking was eventually scuppered.

The bassist did, however, suggest that the band could headline the festival in the future, having last done so back in 1998.

Blur very nearly played Glastonbury this year,” he wrote. “There was a pang of regret when I heard Damon [Albarn]’s mum had nixed it at the 11th hour.

“I was looking forward to showing off to [his wife] Claire and the kids, but I suppose the important thing was to have been asked, and listening to all that screaming I felt pleased about how things had turned out.

“I’m sure it’ll happen one day, but for the meantime I put Rossini back in the machine and ate the high road.”