Madonna has reportedly been lined up to headline Glastonbury 2019, according to ‘sources’.
The ‘Like A Virgin’ icon has long been rumoured to top the bill at Worthy Farm next year, but now insiders have told The Sun that she is among the first to be booked during Glasto’s fallow year.
“Preparations are already well under way after they’ve taken this year off, and Michael and his daughter Emily Eavis want to make it better than ever,” they reportedly told the tabloid. “They have always been massive fans of Madonna and know she would put on an unforgettable show.
“It was really important that they had a diverse line-up for the 2019 festival after criticism of previous ones.”
The source added: “With this being a fallow year they want to secure a really big name to drive ticket sales.
“Thanks to all her huge hits, they are convinced that she would be a real crowd pleaser on the Pyramid Stage.”
NME has approached representatives for both Madonna and Glastonbury for comment.
Michael Eavis has been very vocal about wanting to book the Queen Of Pop for some time, saying in the year 2000 after Bowie played: “I would really like to get Madonna, I tell you that. I might spend a bit of time working on that actually . . .
“I’d be very keen on getting Madonna. That’s the one to do.”
Other rumoured headliners for Glastonbury 2019 include Arctic Monkeys, ABBA, The Cure, Fleetwood Mac, Taylor Swift, Oasis and Kendrick Lamar.
This comes after Eavis also said that Culture Club would be a ‘great idea’ to play the legend’s slot next year.
Michael Eavis said that the 2019 headliners will be “two or three [acts] that have never played”. Meanwhile, a spokesman for ABBA recently issued a statement denying rumours that the band could headline the next edition of Glastonbury.
Speaking to NME, Emily Eavis said: “Headliners should be the best artists around – whether they’re rappers, pop stars or rock bands. The genre is irrelevant – it’s about who is going to produce the most exciting show and is making the best music.”
“We always encounter debate, which is great, that’s what it’s all about. Most music fans are open minded and many discover new music by coming to festivals and getting blown away by some amazing artist that they’ve never seen before.”