Eavis told the Daily Star newspaper he came close to landing Prince on a number of occasions, but was never quite able to tie down the deal.
“I tried to get Prince earlier on. At one point he was, then he wasn’t, then he was. It was a question of a bird in the hand,” he said. “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, if not three in a bush. In the end I went for the bands we have on the bill now, which ain’t bad.”
In the end, Beyonce, booked by Emily Eavis to keep the diversity of the festival a priority, Coldplay, and U2, forced to cancel last year, were all secured for next month’s event.
Recently, it was confirmed the Hop Farm festival had managed to pull off something of a coup by going one step further than the Eavis’ by securing the signature of Prince.