Ian Brown has been confirmed for this year’s Glastonbury Festival which runs from June 26-28.
In this week’s NME, Brown says: “I’ve not got enough material at the minute for headline tours, so I’m doing festivals. I’ve never been (to Glastonbury) before and 80,000 people tripping in the mud doesn’t sound like much fun.”
The Stone Roses were due to headline Glastonbury three years ago but had to pull out after John Squire fractured his collarbone while mountain- biking in California. Brown is to headline the second stage on Saturday night. Spiritualized, the only other band to confirm a Glastonbury appearance so far, will play the second stage on Sunday night.
Hundreds of fans packed into the London Oxford Street Virgin Megastore on February 4 when Brown made his first solo public appearance since the demise of The Stone Roses to DJ and sign autographs. Brown played mostly dub and reggae from artists including the hotly-tipped Sizzla during his hour-long DJ set.
Meanwhile, Brown is refusing to apologise for his recent criticism of Tim Burgess, which saw The Charlatans singer avoid the NME Brat Awards With Miller Genuine Draft in case he ran into Brown.
Brown told us: “Look, I like the kid, he’s a nice kid, but yeah, my friends and family do laugh at him, and that’s it. If that’s for real that he didn’t go that night ‘cos he thought I’d be there, that’s a shame. That’s bullshit. If it had been on Wednesday, I would have been there, I’d have loved to have gone. But I was in Brighton, I was on a date with a girl that I’d promised her for ages.”