Elbow wanted Benedict Cumberbatch for Glastonbury duet

Guy Garvey says he wanted the 'Sherlock' actor to 'rant' during a cover of Destiny's Child's 'Independent Women'

Elbow have revealed they wanted the Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch for a Glastonbury duet.

The band’s frontman Guy Garvey explained that he wanted the actor to join them on the Pyramid Stage at the end of last month to ‘rant’ over “a really heavy, Deep Purple-style version of Destiny’s Child’s ‘Independent Women'” – a song the band have previously covered.

Speaking to Mojo, Garvey said: “You know in the middle of the song, there’s that list of everything that BeyoncĂ© bought and owned? We were going to have him ranting it in a kind of King Lear fashion.” Sadly, Cumberbatch wasn’t free on the day Elbow played the festival.

Elbow’s most recent album, ‘The Take Off And Landing Of Everything’, was the band’s first to reach Number One in the Official Album Charts. The closest the group had previously reached was Number Two with 2011’s ‘Build A Rocket, Boys!’.

Speaking previously about the release, Garvey stated that the album was largely concerned with getting older and the band’s members approaching their forties. “When you’re 40, you’re all ages at once, because you’re thinking of your youth, which has very definitely passed, and about how you became the person you are. You wonder about how the rest of your life plays out from here,” Garvey said.

The album was recorded at the band’s own Blueprint Studios in Manchester and at Peter Gabriel’s Real World studios in Bath.