Mick Jagger: ‘I’ve been studying tapes of former Glastonbury headliners’

The Rolling Stones headline this year's festival on Saturday (June 29)

The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger has been watching videos of the past four years’ Glastonbury headliners in preparation for the band’s own headline set at this year’s festival on Saturday (June 29).

Speaking to Radio Times, the singer explained that it’s necessary research because festivals are a challenge.

Festivals are great to be at, but not always the easiest things to play. You’ve got to really work at that bit, but I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.

Jagger also revealed that the band have been putting a lot of thought into the setlist. He said: “We’re looking forward to it and I’m thinking about the setlist for the day and how we’re going to deal with it. You’ve got to try and make sure the first number really cooks… gets everyone confident. If it doesn’t, you’ve got to put it behind you. So that first number’s got to be something you’re super confident with. It’s no good doing a slightly unknown number that the audience isn’t going to deal with.”

The BBC are set to broadcast an hour of the Stones’ set. The latter part of the performance – which will run for a total of two hours and 15 minutes – will be seen by festival attendees only, and will include a fireworks display. Festival organiser Michael Eavis has said that the Pyramid Stage area has been extended to make sure the site doesn’t become overcrowded during the band’s show, although he says he is still concerned about how popular the set will be, saying: “There might be a problem with the size of the crowd so it’s slightly worrying for me, in a way.”

The Stones will follow their Glastonbury debut with two shows at London’s Hyde Park, taking place on July 6 and 13.