Legendary rock band The Rolling Stones have emerged as one of the favourites to headline next year’s Glastonbury festival. 2010 will mark the 40th anniversary of the famous event, and festival-goers have been promised an extra special weekend to mark the anniversary.
The Rolling Stones are 4/1 at bookmakers William Hill, followed by Coldplay and David Bowie at 8/1. Despite the walkout by Noel Gallagher in August, Oasis have been moved to 33/1 from 50/1 after a number of bets were placed on the rock band settling their differences to headline.
Tickets sold out on the day they went on sale on Sunday for the first time since the festival returned from a year’s break in 2007. While the 40th anniversary is sure to have played a part in the rapid sell-out, the huge demand for tickets is also likely to be a result of the brilliant headline performances over the past two years from the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and Jay-Z – who took the festival by storm in 2008 despite receiving heavy criticism in the months leading up to his appearance.
Speaking to nme.com after the last tickets were sold, co-organiser Emily Eavis said: “It took a few months last year, we went on sale in October and were sold out by February, so it was brilliant, but we’re just a little bit shocked and surprised. It’s amazing to sell out this far in advance. I’m sure the 40th anniversary has something to do with it, and we’ve had a really good run of a few brilliant years.”
Here’s a documentary on the festival shot in 2008:
“It’s quite humbling for us, because people are showing a lot faith in us, and it makes us think we’ve got to rise to it and really pull out all the stops next year! To be honest it’s what we’ve been doing for next year anyway, but it’s a good reminder.”
The current front-runners with the bookies to headline next year:
Rolling Stones 4/1
David Bowie 8/1
Arctic Monkeys 12/1
Elton John 16/1
Red Hot Chilli Peppers 16/1
Kings Of Leon 16/1
Green Day 20/1
Robbie Williams 20/1
Stone Roses 20/1
Spandau Ballet 25/1
Manic Street Preachers 25/1
Take That 33/1