Mavis Staples to Play Glastonbury Festival: Foo Fighters, Fleetwood Mac and AC/DC Still Possible Headliners
According to various reports, Mavis Staples will be playing the Glastonbury Festival in June. Organizers for the event have yet to confirm the news, though, which means that plenty of other acts are still in the running to headline. NME and William Hill have been keeping odds for possible headliners and right now the Foo Fighters top the list followed by Fleetwood Mac, AC/DC and Muse.
Rick Holstrom, who leads the singer's band, reportedly shared the news on his website. Tour pages for Holstrom and Staples only have a June 30 gig scheduled, though (Glastonbury runs June 24–28). Perhaps Holstrom jumped the gun on posting the news. Either way, Staples would be a welcomed addition to the festival, which has only confirmed Lionel Richie so far.
Currently, Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters look to be a plausible choice. Back in November, Grohl urged organizers to give the band a call seeing how they haven't played the festival since 1998. No news has surfaced from that exchange other than Grohl adding a week later that Glastonbury organizer Emily Eavis hadn't contacted the band.
Fleetwood Mac is a curious choice to headline simply because they have already ruled out a performance at the event.
"One of the things that I'd like to clear up is that we're not playing Glastonbury," Mick Fleetwood said last year. "A lot of folks think that we are, so loud and clear: We love Glastonbury and all the surrounding history of such a lovely festival but we're not playing it."
Which leaves AC/DC — a prime choice for the festival. The boys are currently riding high behind the success of Rock or Bust. They will play the Grammys next month and have already been confirmed for Coachella.