“Can’t wait to play Glastonbury. I have my wellies and my yurt!” Sir Mick Jagger tweeted last night after the news that the Rolling Stones were to headline at the Somerset festival was announced.
Speculation has been rife since veteran rockers Ronnie Wood, 65, Jagger, 69, Keith Richards, 69, and drummer Charlie Watts, 71, stormed the 02 Arena in November with their 50-year anniversary concerts that they would headline Britain’s biggest musical event of the year.
It is believed to be their first British pop festival appearance since Knebworth in 1976.
But the “Jumpin Jack Flash” musicians will be hoping that despite the recent poor weather the weekend of the 28, 29 and 30 June won’t be a wash-out.
In an interview with the BBC Jagger displayed an aversion to the muddy swamp the festival became in 2011.
“I don’t want to play Glastonbury on the Sunday night in the pouring rain, which is what the Who did this year,” he said.
“I was watching it on the telly, and my kids were there. I was on the phone saying ‘it’s awful’. They said it’s really fun, but it didn’t look fun to me. You’ve got to pick your slot.”
The Stones will top the bill with other headline acts Mumford & Sons and Arctic Monkeys two years after the festival was last staged. In 2012 organiser Michael Eavis was forced to cancel due to a shortage of police and portable toilets in the run-up to the London Olympics.
The full line-up, announced on the official website, also includes other old school acts Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Primal Scream and Elvis Costello alongside Dizzee Rascal, Professor Green, Rita Ora and Jake Bugg who will play the Pyramid stage.
Mercury prize-winners Alt-J, Foals, Alabama Shakes and Portishead will appear on the Other Stage.
Elsewhere on the huge rural site in Somerset there will be performances by 1970s' disco pioneers Chic, Tom Tom Club, rap stalwarts Public Enemy, Dinosaur Jr, The Horrors and Johnny Marr.
Tickets for this year’s show sold out in a record time of 1 hour 40 minutes when they went on sale in October.
The Stones fuelled rumours that they will play Glastonbury repeatedly last year around their anniversary celebrations.
Wood said in February: “Wouldn't [Glastonbury] be nice? We've got a meeting [with the band] next month and that's going to be my first question to them. It's something I've always been interested in. I'm going to twist their arms.”
On the red carpet at the world premiere of Crossfire Hurricane Richards was asked if they’d play Glastonbury this year. "I don't know yet..,” he said. “I'd love to though."
Speaking to NME about Glastonbury Jagger seemed less than keen to confirm the rumours: "But is it going to be rainy on the Sunday? Isn't it nearly always rainy on the Sunday?”
But while the Stones will appear on the Pyramid stage their former bass player Bill Wyman is on the bill for the acoustic stage with his group Rhythm Kings.
He may be lining up a surprise appearance with his old bandmates like he did when the Stones played the O2.Reuse content