Take That: ‘We want to play Glastonbury, but Michael Eavis won’t return our calls’

Pop group say they contacted Glastonbury founder but never heard back

Take That have revealed that they are desperate to play Glastonbury but say the festival’s founder Michael Eavis won’t return their calls.

Speaking at the BBC Music Awards, where they performed their single ‘These Days’, the band’s Howard Donald said: “Historically we’ve never done festivals – we did try and contact Michael Eavis but he didn’t reply.” His bandmate Mark Owen later added that “they keep leaving him messages”.

Speaking to NME, however, Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis said that she hadn’t heard anything from the massive-selling boyband. “I’ve had a few missed calls today but I’m pretty sure none of them were from Take That!” she said.

The BBC Music Awards were held for the first time in London last night. Hosted by Fearne Cotton, of BBC Radio 1, and Radio 2’s Chris Evans, the event saw performances from Take That, Coldplay, One Direction, Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit, among others.

Pharrell Williams won the awards for International Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for ‘Happy’, Ed Sheeran took home the big prize of British Artist Of The Year, and Catfish & The Bottlemen picked up a surprise BBC Introducing Award.

Meanwhile, Take That’s new album, ‘III’, was released last month. It is the band’s first studio album as a trio since the departure of Jason Orange from the band.