The Glastonbury headliner rumours are flying thick and fast today – with news that the Only Girl in the World could be strutting her stuff on the Pyramid Stage at the end of June.
UK tabloid The Daily Star reports that Rihanna is being lined up to headline the final night of the infamous festival, similar to fellow diva Beyonce, who topped the bill on the Sunday night in 2011.
However, as NME points out, Rihanna is already doing her own show in Zurich, Switzerland that night – so there’s pretty much next to no chance of her playing on the Sunday.
She could still be slotted in on either the Friday or Saturday night; however, based on other reports floating around the web, the Arctic Monkeys and the Rolling Stones are firming to lead proceedings on those days.
Rihanna has previously expressed an interest in playing the festival, telling Q Magazine in 2011 that she reckons she “could rock Glastonbury, no question”.
“I have heard so many things about what happens there. I love rock music. I love Kings Of Leon and The Prodigy. The music is awesome. I like the more traditional rock bands, too – Aerosmith and Bon Jovi. I think I could rock Glastonbury, no question.
“I know Jay-Z played. They are open to a lot more R&B. And Umbrella would be the perfect song for that place, too.”
Sources told The Daily Star that she would be “the perfect choice” for a headlining spot at Glastonbury.
“Beyoncé stole the show two years ago and there’s no reason why Rihanna can’t do the same. She’s got a huge back catalogue and is undoubtedly the biggest female artist around at the moment bar Adele,” the source said.
Rihanna has already signed on to play a couple of festivals in the European summer. She’s locked in for Roskilde in Denmark and T In The Park in Scotland, which are being held on the first and second weekends of July respectively. Given Glastonbury is on the last weekend of June, the timing could be right on.
Earlier today, The Sun reported that the Arctic Monkeys are likely to headline the Friday night of Glastonbury. And last week, Rolling Stone’s guitarist Ronnie Wood said that he’s working on convincing his bandmates to play the festival.
Glastonbury 2013 takes place on June 26-30 at Worthy Farm in Pilton, England. The event is sold out; however, a limited number of returned tickets will be put back on sale on April 21.