Emily Eavis has spoken out to deny rumours that Daft Punk may play Glastonbury this year.
Daft Punk are staging a comeback this year with their first new album in eight years due out later this year. Inevitably, this led to fans speculating as to whether live performances would also happen around the album release. The French duo recently signed a new record deal with the Sony-owned Columbia and will release their fourth album this spring.
However, chatting to festival goers via her Twitter page, Emily Eavis confirmed that she has not booked Daft Punk for Glastonbury this year and that she believes they are not touring at all. Responding to a fan asking about the possibility of seeing them on the Pyramid Stage, Eavis wrote: “They might be doing other stuff but they’re not playing here. Onwards.”
Since releasing their last album in 2005, Daft Punk have ventured into the film industry, providing the score to the 2010 sci-fi sequel, Tron: Legacy.The pair have been working with Chic’s Nile Rodgers, who previously hinted their fourth album would appear in 2013, as well as Oscar-winning songwriter Paul Williams and electro-disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder. Animal Collective’s Panda Bear and Feist collaborator Chilly Gonzales are also rumoured to have worked with the Gallic duo.
There were strong rumours Daft Punk would be among the headliners announced for April’s Coachella Festival, with many disappointed when their names were absent, although Bestival organiser and BBC Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank told eFestivals earlier this year that the band would definitely not be touring during 2013.
He said: “There’s all kinds of crazy rumours flying about at the moment about Daft Punk at Coachella, and The Rolling Stones playing Glastonbury. We got told months ago that Daft Punk were definitely not touring next year, but it keeps the rumour mill going.”
Daft Punk released their debut album ‘Homework’ in 1997, followed by ‘Discovery’ and ‘Human After All’ in 2001 and 2005 respectively.