ROD FACES GLASTO!

Organiser Eavis looks to Rod Stewart, Radiohead, The Strokes, Coldplay...

ROD STEWART, RADIOHEAD, COLDPLAY and THE STROKES look certain to play at next year’s Glastonbury festival, organiser MICHAEL EAVIS has told NME.COM.

Speaking at the annual Pilton festival late on Friday (August 31), a charity-raising thank-you to the local villagers for their on-going support, this year featuring sets from Starsailor, The Beta Band and, for the second year in a row, a surprise acoustic appearance from Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Jon Buckland, an excited Eavis said: “We’ve got one or two headliners actually lined up and people are really queuing up to play it. Rod Stewart wants to do the Sunday night slot, which should be fun.

“I’m a good old favourite of Radiohead, so I would like to see them headline next year. Coldplay will be playing as well. They’ll have a very prominent slot. I went to Reading and saw The Strokes. They’re very good, very good fun and I’m sure they’ll be there too.” Eavis had previously said that Rod Stewart may reform The Faces for the Sunday night close, although it is unclear exactly who is confirmed for the event.

Eavis added that he has been pulling out all the stops to much sure next year’s festival goes ahead after this year’s was cancelled. “We’ve been going through the hoops with the police and the authorities,” he said, “and I think we’re OK. We’ll have the hearing about the beginning of November.”

At Friday’s show, Starsailor played a rapturously-received 45 minute set that consisted of their entire forthcoming debut album ‘Love Is Here’, a cover of Gram Parson’s ‘Hot Burrito No 2’ and frontman James Walsh’s solo acoustic version of Jeff Buckley’s ‘Eternal Life’. The Beta Band, meanwhile, played tracks from ‘The Three EPs’ with newer songs including ‘Broke’, ‘Squares’ and forthcoming single ‘Life’ from latest album ‘Hot Shots 2’.

The show was stolen by Coldplay, who had flown in from promotional duties in Paris barely an hour before playing. Joking about the lack of the full band, Chris Martin said: “I think Michael Eavis loves Simon & Garfunkel and we’re fulfilling some fantasy for him”, before playing a set that included ‘Shiver’, ‘Spies’, ‘Don’t Panic’, ‘Trouble’ and ‘Yellow’ during which he pulled a man and a woman from the audience to sing and play tambourine. The duo also played affectionate, truncated versions of Wheatus’ ‘Teenage Dirtbag’ and Travis’ ‘Sing’, the latter introduced with Martin announcing “everyone always confuses us with Travis anyway, so we thought we’d make it a bit more confusing.”

Traditionally the bands appearing here go on to star at the following year’s festival.