Robbie Williams has revealed that he would like to play at Glastonbury again in order to have his “moment on the Pyramid Stage in front of a record-breaking amount of people.”
The former Take That singer released his latest album, ‘‘Heavy Entertainment Show‘, last week, and will embark on a UK tour in June 2017. There was some speculation that, as the tour ends in London on the Friday of the festival, Williams might perform at Glastonbury – his first appearance at the festival since 1998.
However, Williams addressed these links in a recent press conference and admitted that the festival’s 2017 edition will probably pass him by.
“If they asked me I do it, but I don’t think it’s gonna be next year,” Williams told reporters at a London press conference yesterday (November 7). “I would love to do Glastonbury. I’ll probably [be having that weekend off]. I would like my moment at the Pyramid Stage in front of a record-breaking amount of people.”
These remarks come after Williams recently reminisced about how indie fans “looked down on him” the last time he performed at the Somerset festival.
“There was a sort of indie fundamentalist mentality that was with us all the way through the ’90s that was very apparent to me, where I was literally looked down on when I was in conversation with a lot of people in various drinking establishments,” he said. “It was like people were scared that it was going to rub off on them; the Butlins redcoat or the Pontins bluecoat thing.
“We live in a very different world than we used to,” he continued. “I don’t think someone who’d left a pop band would feel the same way now. You know, one of One Direction being seen walking around Glastonbury isn’t the same as me walking around Glastonbury in 1995.
“When I was at Glastonbury it felt like the rest of the festival was like: ‘What the fuck are you doing here, you cunt?’” he added. “And I sort of wanted to be OK with the big boys, I wanted to be accepted, there’s a playground mentality that carries on through life and at that time, I wanted to be accepted by the bullies, and that became part of the very fabric of my DNA: ‘Oh, I’ll be accepted by these people eventually, right, here’s my new album. Oh, they’re not accepting me, they’re not coming.’”
See Williams’ 2017 UK dates below.
Fri June 02 2017 – MANCHESTER Etihad Stadium
Tue June 06 2017 – SOUTHAMPTON St Marys Stadium
Fri June 09 2017 – EDINBURGH BT Murrayfield Stadium
Tue June 13 2017 – COVENTRY Ricoh Stadium
Sat June 17 2017 – DUBLIN Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road Stadium)
Wed June 21 2017 – CARDIFF Principality Stadium
Fri June 23 2017 – LONDON Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park