Monday, 28 June 2010

Glastonbury a success without U2

This year’s Glastonbury Festival was a huge success, although headline act U2 was forced to pull out as headliner when front-man Bono injured his back last month. The festival celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2010, and although U2 did not appear as a group, band guitarist The Edge made a short appearance on stage with Muse on Saturday.

According to Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis, he anticipates U2 will play at the festival at some point in the future, as The Edge’s experience with Muse Saturday provided him with a taste of playing on the Pyramid Stage. He went on to add during his interview with BBC News that he is sure the band is keen to playing when it suits them, and that festival-goers will be very pleased to be able to see U2 perform live.

Mr Eavis said this year’s festival, which he holds annually on his dairy farm in Somerset, was one of the best in its 40-year history. He went on to say that although he has three headliners in stored for next year’s Glastonbury Festival, at the moment he will keep the names secret, although he did hint that talks were ongoing with U2 to make a return.

While the vast majority of festival-goers enjoyed the music throughout the weekend without problems, high temperatures were a concern with event officials, who announced that over 3,000 festival-goers treated for dehydration and sunburn. Crime was down from last year at the event, with 345 offences reported in 2010, compared to 363 last year.

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