You can't always get what you want: Rolling Stones' Charlie Watts 'doesn't want to play Glastonbury because of the wind'


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Mick Jagger might have his yurt and his wellies at the ready but his Rolling Stones bandmate Charlie Watts says he doesn’t want to play Glastonbury.

The legendary drummer said in an interview that he doesn’t like festivals or playing outdoors  because of the wind.

"I don't want to do it [Glastonbury]. Everyone else does. I don't like playing outdoors, and I certainly don't like festivals," he told the Guardian.

"The worse thing playing outdoors is when the wind blows, if you're a drummer, because the cymbals move … it really is hard to play then."

Yesterday the Stones added another outdoor date to their summer line-up confirming they will play London’s Hyde Park in July.

Tickets will be priced at £95 for the Saturday 6 July concert, part of the Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park series at the Royal Park.

Last month the band, who also announced a North American tour, confirmed they would headline at Glastonbury on 30 June. Jagger tweeted: “Can’t wait to play Glastonbury. I have my wellies and my yurt!”

In an earlier interview Jagger expressed similar views to Watts’, telling the BBC of the muddy swamp the 2011 festival became:  “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.”

He said: “I don’t want to play Glastonbury on the Sunday night in the pouring rain, which is what the Who did [in 2011].”