Brian May doubles down on the reason why Queen “could never” play Glastonbury

Brian May has doubled down on the reason why Queen “could never” play Glastonbury.

The guitarist previously ruled out playing Worthy Farm after clashing with Michael Eavis over the badger cull.

The Glastonbury founder previously called May a “danger to farming” and criticised the guitarist’s opposition to the controversial cull, arguing that the process aims to fight against the impact that bovine tuberculosis can have on infected cattle.

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As a result, May insisted that Eavis’ comments would prevent the band from playing at Glastonbury, even if it became a remote possibility.

“We won’t [play Glastonbury] and there are a lot of reasons for that. One of them is that Michael Eavis has frequently insulted me, and I don’t particularly enjoy that. What bothers me more is that he’s in favour of the badger cull, which I regard as a tragedy and an unnecessary crime against wildlife,” he previously said.

Adam Lambert and Brian May of Queen perform during a concert at the Ziggo Dome on July 1, 2022 in Amsterdam CREDIT: Sven Hoogerhuis/BSR Agency/Getty Images

“There’s a little bit of a schism there, I wouldn’t do Glastonbury. Unless things changed radically.”

May has now reiterated his stance on performing at the festival, telling The Sun in a new interview: “Would I ever do it? No. As the man who runs it advocates killing badgers for no good reason and I could never level with that.

“Have they tried to book us? I think the feeling is mutual so I think they understand how I feel.”

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Asked if the badger cull row was the reason Queen were unlikely to feature on any future Glastonbury line-ups, Eavis previously said: “Not really but it does have a bearing on it. I have to say, it does have a bearing on it.”

Despite May’s comments, Eavis claimed in the past that the band were “not quite our thing” and said that Queen’s manager had sent him a “hand-written postcard” in an unsuccessful attempt to secure a headline slot for the band.

This year’s festival is due to take place on June 21-25, but so far only Elton John has been revealed as a headliner.

Other rumoured acts that could top the bill so far include Arctic Monkeys, Roxy Music in the legends slot, and Guns ‘N’ Roses (after bassist Duff McKagan appeared to self-confirm the band’s slot last week).

Elsewhere, fans suspect that Red Hot Chili Peppers could be performing at Glastonbury this year after bassist Flea shared a cryptic social media post.

Meanwhile, the festival has announced details of its Emerging Talent Competition for 2023, with slots on the line-up up for grabs.

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Here’s your chance to play Glastonbury 2023 as Emerging Talent Competition opens

Glastonbury has announced details of its Emerging Talent Competition for 2023, with slots at the festival up for grabs.

The annual contest offers rising acts the chance to win a slot on one of the festival’s main stages, as well as a £5,000 Talent Development prize from the PRS Foundation.

2022 saw Lewis McLaughlin win first prize, with rapper Crae Wolf and Leeds band English Teacher taking third and second place respectively.

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Other past finalists include Marie WhiteFlohioIzzy BizuDeclan McKennaJosh Barry and She Drew The Gun.

Entries for this year’s Emerging Talent Competition open on Monday (January 30), with full details available below.

Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent Competition returned in 2022 after the 2020 and 2021 festivals were both cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Prior to that, the last edition took place in 2020, with R.A.E being announced as the winner. West London singer-songwriter Matilda Mann and Newcastle’s AJIMAL took third and second place respectively.

Speaking to NME last year, Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis said of the competition’s finals: “It’s like the opening gig to the festival because we work all year planning it and when the Emerging Talent Competition final happens, it’s like the beginning of the season of Glastonbury.”

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This year’s festival is due to take place on June 21-25, but so far only Elton John has been revealed as a headliner.

Other rumoured acts that could top the bill so far include Arctic Monkeys, Roxy Music in the legends slot, and Gun N’ Roses after Duff McKagan appeared to self-confirm the band’s slot last week.

Elsewhere, fans suspect Red Hot Chili Peppers could be performing at Glastonbury this year after bassist Flea shared a cryptic social media post.

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Björk to perform career-spanning orchestral set at Coachella 2023

Björk has shared details of her upcoming performance at this year’s Coachella, revealing that her set will feature a local orchestra and span her three-decade discography. 

“We are so excited to bring björk orkestral to [Coachella], the singer wrote on Twitter yesterday (January 25). “We will bring on the stage a local orkestra and play arrangements from 30 years”. The announcement was accompanied by the dates Björk is due to perform at Coachella, which are slated across the festival’s two weekends on April 16 and April 23.

Björk’s orchestral set will mark her first appearance at Coachella since 2007, when she headlined the Californian event alongside Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Rage Against The Machine. For this year’s line-up, the singer is billed beneath Frank Ocean, who will headline Coachella 2023 with Bad Bunny and BLACKPINK.

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Additional performers at the upcoming festival – which will take place at California’s Empire Polo Club between April 14-16 and April 21-23 – include Gorillaz, Burna Boy, boygenius, Lucy Dacus, Julien Baker, Rosalía, The Chemical Brothers, Charli XCX and Kali Uchis, among many others. See the full line-up for Coachella 2023 here.

Björk first started enlisting orchestras for her performances in 2021, debuting the concert format with a series of much-delayed livestream sets that year. Since then, the singer has brought her Orkestra series to venues in Miami, and has elsewhere performed her multimedia ‘Cornucopia’ concerts in London and New York in 2019, and Australia in March of this year.

Björk’s Coachella set will be one of many performances live-streamed on YouTube, following news that the festival had renewed its contract with the platform through to 2026.

Spanning the singer’s 10-album catalogue, it will include songs from latest album ‘Forrossa’, which NME described as “heavier – and more hopeful – than anything before” in a four-star review. “​​There’s a lot of pleasure in the album,” Björk said of ‘Forrossa’ in an interview with NME last year. “It’s about enjoying that space.”

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Blur and Wizkid lead new names for Flow Festival 2023

Flow Festival has announced a second wave of acts for 2023 including Blur and Wizkid.

The event is due to take place in Helsinki, Finland between August 11 and August 13. Organisers confirmed last month that acts including FKA Twigs, Caroline Polachek, Suede and Devo would perform over the weekend.

Today (January 25) it’s been revealed that Blur will head to Flow as part of the band’s 2023 reunion. Wizkid, meanwhile, is set to make his first-ever appearance in Finland as part of this summer’s festival.

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The remaining newly announced acts are as follows: Tove Lo, Moderat, Sudan Archives, Eddie Palmieri, Nu Genea, Maustetytöt, and Litku Klemetti Viihdeorkesteri.

Tickets for Flow Festival 2023 are on sale now – you can purchase yours here. Check out the announcement post below.

Flow Festival made its return last year for the first time since before the COVID pandemic, with acts including Fontaines D.C., Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Gorillaz gracing its stage at the historical Suvilahti, a former power plant area in the city.

Meanwhile, Blur have been revealed as the first headliners for the 2023 edition of Summer Sonic Festival in Japan.

The Britpop icons will reunite this summer for a pair of huge concerts at Wembley Stadium in London as well as an outdoor gig at Malahide Castle in Dublin. Additionally, they’ve confirmed appearances at Primavera Sound, Roskilde and Italy’s Lucca Summer Festival.

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Last November, frontman Damon Albarn talked about living up to fans’ expectations of the highly anticipated concerts.

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Wireless Festival announces first names for 2023 including Travis Scott and 50 Cent

Wireless Festival has announced the first wave of acts for its 2023 edition – check out the line-up below.

This year’s event is due to take place at Finsbury Park in north London on between July 7-9. Tickets go on general sale at 10am GMT this Friday (January 27) – you’ll be able to buy yours here.

Today (January 25) organisers have confirmed that Travis Scott, Playboi Carti and D-Block Europe will all play at Wireless ’23 as UK exclusive headliners. 50 Cent, meanwhile, is set to perform as a special guest.

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Other artists on the bill include Lil Uzi Vert, Headie One, Joey Bada$$, Lil Durk, Popcaan, Lola Brooke and Glorilla. The latter artist, who features in this year’s NME 100, will make her exclusive UK debut at Wireless.

Additionally, the following BBC Radio 1XTRA hosts will appear across the weekend: Kenny Allstar, Seani B, DJ Target, Tiffany Calver, Nadia Jae and Remi Burgz.

1XTRA is once again the official broadcaster partner for Wireless, giving fans the option to tune in to the festival live via BBC Sounds, BBC iPlayer and the 1XTRA socials.

See the full list of names below and announcement video below.

FRIDAY
Playboi Carti
Lil Uzi Vert
Metro Boomin
Lancey Foux
Latto
Ken Carson
Destroy Lonely
Lola Brooke

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SATURDAY
Travis Scott
Ice Spice
Headie One
Bryson Tiller
Flo
Joey Bada$$
Maria The Scientist
Clavish

SUNDAY
D-Block Europe
Special guest: 50 Cent
Lil Durk
Popcaan
Lil TJay
Dexter Daps
GloRilla
Black Sherif
Dreya Mac

BBC Radio 1XTRA hosts appearing across the weekend
Kenny Allstar
Seani B
DJ Target
Tiffany Calver
Nadia Jae
Remi Burgz

Last year’s Wireless Festival saw Cardi B headline Finsbury Park for a UK exclusive performance. SZA played her debut UK festival headline set, while Nicki Minaj also topped the bill. Read NME‘s review here.

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