Glastonbury 2015 line-up: Iron Maiden bookies' favourites to headline as odds slashed for AC/DC

William Hill changed odds for Iron Maiden from 12/1 to 7/1 after Metallica's roaring success

Natasha Culzac
Tuesday 01 July 2014 09:26
L-R Adrian Smith, Dave Murray, Bruce Dickinson, Steve Harris, Nicko McBrain and Janick Gers of Iron Maiden
L-R Adrian Smith, Dave Murray, Bruce Dickinson, Steve Harris, Nicko McBrain and Janick Gers of Iron Maiden

The mud hasn’t even had a chance to dry yet and already there’s a flurry of interest in Glastonbury 2015.

Earlier today, organiser Michael Eavis alluded to next year’s headline act saying that he booked the group while watching Metallica’s show-stopping performance last night.

Throwing us a bone – but yet still leaving us hanging – a clue, he said, was that the frontman was British “but the band are not British anymore”.

The interest has caused bookmaker William Hill to adjust the odds on who could be causing waves as next year’s seminal entertainment.

Iron Maiden are now favourites – their odds slashed from 12/1 to 7/1 “partly because Metallica went down well and because they are also very good live,” William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams told The Independent. “Iron Maiden are also slightly controversial.”

A further change has been for the bookies to include AC/DC on the list after The Independent alerted them to their grave oversight, what with the band’s British lead singer Brian Johnson and its Scottish-born Australian guitarists Malcolm and Angus Young. AC/DC is now being offered at 10/1.

“Prince was the favourite and he’s now drifted out,” Mr Adams added, after Eavis confirmed today that the musician was definitely not on the roster.

“The only significant number of bets have been on Iron Maiden,” Mr Adams confirmed.

A further two headline acts have also been secured.

Other bands and singers that are favourites to headline next year include Kate Bush whose second on odds of 8/1, Oasis - third - also with odds of 8/1.

AC/DC then comes fourth before Coldplay, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, U2, Foo Fighters, Prince, Fleetwood Mac, Elbow, Arctic Monkeys, David Bowie and Linkin Park.

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The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Adele and Robert Plant make up the final three on the list.

William Hill’s list, which launched on Tuesday, will change as rumours persist and will be open until there’s an official announcement.

"We've got some good headliners," Mr Eavis told a news conference about next year's act.

"We had an agent [for a band] yesterday on the platform by the stage watching Metallica with me, saying 'My band want to do it next year'. I can't tell you who it was but that was done on the platform watching Metallica."

Earlier this month Iron Maiden's lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson vowed never to step foot in Glastonbury on a professional basis because it's "the most bourgeois thing on the planet," he said.

His comments clearly haven't negatively affected the odds, despite telling the Daily Star that he personally has "no interest in going to Glastonbury."

He said Iron Maiden will "leave the middle classes to do Glastonbury – and the great unwashed will decamp to Knebworth, drink a lot of beer and have fun."

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