The US band are the bookies’ favourites to headline next year’s Worthy Farm event after the group were forced to cancel their European tour, including a Glastonbury headline appearance, plus London and Edinburgh arena shows.
Foo Fighters pulled out of Glastonbury after Grohl suffered a fall at a gig in Sweden. They were replaced at Glastonbury by Florence + The Machine on Friday (June 26), who were previously booked to perform immediately before the group.
Speaking to NME in an interview at Glastonbury, Fray said that while he sympathised with the disappointment fans must have felt over the Foos’ cancellation, it wasn’t “the end of the world”.
He said: “It’s sad Dave broke his leg but it’s not the end of the world, I’m sure they’ll get another chance next year.”
Fray also stated that he was “glad” that Florence + The Machine were headlining and that whilst he agreed with The Vaccines’ recent criticism of The Who’s booking being a “safe bet”, he felt that “You can’t just put someone who’s on John Kennedy’s XFM slot, let them headline the Pyramid Stage, that doesn’t work”.
The singer continued: “Catalogue and history should play a part in it, I think. It’s taking that risk, like should Florence + The Machine have been there to start with? Maybe. They didn’t take that risk did they? It’s an interesting thing, I don’t know exactly where I stand on it in all honesty.
“Now, an album that gets to Number One because the one track preceding it was decent… [but] there’s only one song you know on it so it’s quite interesting when you see bands come high up on bills… If you deserve to be at the top then yeah but sometimes people are fast tracked, and more often than not, they’ll come crashing down so it’s a weird one.”
The Courteeners frontman also claimed that his band are “not in any rush to headline” festivals like Glastonbury.
Fray said: “I’d rather play to 25,000 who love us than playing to 100,000 and three quarters of the crowd being bemused because they only know one song, that doesn’t fill me with any sense of enjoyment or success.”
Earlier in June, The Courteeners played a sold-out show at Manchester’s Heaton Park, with 25,000 people attending the hometown event.
Tickets for the gig were gone in under an hour when it was announced and marked the biggest show of the band’s career to date. The band described the gig as “unbelievable”.