The festival boss speaks exclusively to NME.COM about his long-running efforts to get the queen of pop to come to Worthy Farm...

GLASTONBURY boss MICHAEL EAVIS continued his long-running quest to persuade MADONNA to get down with the real rock fans at next year’s festival, by courting the queen of pop at her LONDON gig last night (November 28).

He issued another invite to Madonna as he attended her triumphant London Brixton Academy show.

He told NME.COM: “If she wants the real thing, she can come to Glastonbury, if that’s what she likes. We can’t offer her a fortune, but we’d be happy if she wants to do it, if it suits her, like this gig here. I think she does like to play to the ordinary folk really, rather than high-faluting, middle-class audiences.”

He admitted that if she agreed to do the festival, whose previous pop treats have included David Bowie and Pet Shop Boys this year and Robbie Williams in 1998, it would be the realisation of four years’ ambition: “I’ve been on the case for about four years now. I asked her in ’96, so I’ve been trying for a long time. And she’s more popular now than she was then. She might do it. We’ll have to wait and see really.”

Speaking about the gig, he said: “It must be about the most hyped-up thing I’ve ever seen. Apart from Glastonbury! It was very good, very exciting, and she was obviously enjoying herself, everyone was absolutely thrilled. The whole hysteria surrounding the gig worked.”

To find out what the rest of the fans thought about London’s pop event of the year, check back on NME.COM for our exclusive video interview with the Madonna faithful – including Michael Eavis – later on today.