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Western Daily Press, January 8, 2009

http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/wdp/n...l/article.html

Last year's youthful Glastonbury Festival line-up could be replaced by veteran rockers such as Fleetwood Mac and ageing stars like Madonna.They are the latest names to be linked with an appearance at Worthy Farm this year, alongside Coldplay, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and Blur.

Madonna, aged 50, who spent several years in Wiltshire before a divorce from movie director Guy Ritchie, is said to be concerned about her UK profile after the split and with her latest single, Miles Away, doing badly in the UK charts.
According to a showbiz source quoted in a national newspaper, Madonna is lining up some "selected" dates in the UK to woo fans.

The source said: "Whether one of these gigs will be Glastonbury is still being finalised."

They added: "It's a strange decision. Madonna's only just finished her deal with Warners and hasn't been in the studio yet so there is no new material to promote.

"After such a gruelling year, surely it would be better if she relaxed with her family and laid low for a while?

"Then she could come back next year with new material and everyone gagging for a tour.

"The thing with Madonna is she can't bear to be lazing about."
The Material Girl, whose recent Sticky and Sweet world tour reportedly earned a record £195 million in ticket sales – mostly in North America, is said to be desperate to win back UK fans.

The latest single was the worst-performing release in her 24-year career, entering the charts at No.39.

Meanwhile, Ritchie is reportedly dating socialite Jemima Khan, former wife of Pakistan cricketer Imran Khan.

Britpop band Blur were rumoured to be set for a headline slot after re-forming for a show in London's Hyde Park.

Bassist Alex James, from Dorset, revealed that the four-piece famous for songs Parklife and Country House were asked to play at this year's Glastonbury, but claimed their plans were scuppered by singer Damon Albarn's mum.

But Albarn and guitarist Graham Coxon are said to have resolved a longstanding feud – Coxon left the band in 2002 – and the rumour mill is in overdrive as to who will headline Glastonbury 2009.

Some music critics say a Blur reunion at the Somerset festival, criticised for the choice of rapper Jay-Z as a headliner last year, would indisputably make it the UK's top music event again.

Glastonbury organisers have always refused to confirm or deny reports as to who might be appearing at the festival and said this summer's line-up had yet to be finalised.

It has been reported that organisers will reveal who is headlining on February 1, and the full line-up is normally confirmed on June 1.

Last year, the names of headline acts – Jay-Z, Kings of Leon and the Verve – were leaked in February.

UPDATE from Efestivals:

http://www.efestivals.co.uk/news/09/090224g.shtml

It's more than Rumours: Fleetwood Mac for Glastonbury Festival?

eFestivals believes that Fleetwood Mac will be making an appearance at this year's Glastonbury Festival.

The British/American rock band which formed in 1967 are putting together a 'Fleetwood Mac Unleashed: Hits Tour 2009', and it's more than a rumour that the dates will include an appearance at the Festival in Pilton, Somerset. The tour will feature the band's greatest hits, rather than their latest material, and will coincide with a new CD/DVD version of their classic album 'Rumours' which contains previously unreleased tracks and footage.

eFestivals is unsure which day they will be appearing, but one of our sources says that Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, and company will be playing on the Saturday.

Tickets for Glastonbury Festival held for five full days from Wednesday 24th until Sunday 28th June 2009 at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset have already sold out months before the event.

Although the full line-up for this year's Festival has not yet been announced, to see who might be playing take a look at the eFestivals' Glastonbury 2009 rumours >>.

A further release of a limited number of cancelled tickets will go on sale from 9am on Sunday 5th April 2009, although in order to do so you must have registered beforehand to be eligible to buy a ticket. However, it's unlikely that they'll be a huge number of tickets available on that day. They will be priced at £175 (plus a booking fee of £5).