The Glastonbury Festival co-organiser also suggested that two of next year’s headliners could be women.
“2024 is still a little up in the air,” she told Annie Macmanus and Nick Grimshaw on Thursday’s episode of their podcast, Sidetracked with Annie and Nick.
“And I thought it was kind of taking shape and then last week I just got a call, and this is what happens if you wait a little longer, because quite often we’ll be booked up from July. This year we’re holding out for a little bit longer and last week I got a call from a really big American artist saying this person’s around next year, and I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is incredible.’ Thank God we held the slot.”
Glastonbury has long been criticised for its gender split of artists. Last year’s festival was headlined by all-male acts: Guns N’ Roses, Arctic Monkeys and Elton John.
A prominent female artist, who many believed to be Taylor Swift, had been due to perform but pulled out because of a change in her touring commitments.
“I’ve always been really passionate about gender split (on festival lineups) and I think actually, our problem was that I’d been so outspoken about it that having a year where there wasn’t a female sent people a bit mad, or some people,” Eavis said.
“And actually we did have a female, she pulled out and we replaced them with Guns (N’ Roses) on the Saturday… But everyone who knows, knows that it’s top of my list. I’m always trying to make it the most balanced, diverse bill.
“It is difficult with female artists because there aren’t enough headliners. But we’re also creating them. We’re putting the bands and female artists on smaller stages and bringing them through all the time so I feel like the pool is going to be bigger soon. And who knows next year we might get two… And certainly I can say that the legend is female.”
Tickets will cost £355 and a £5 booking fee. Those lucky enough to secure tickets, however, will only need to pay a £75 deposit (plus coach fare if successful on the Thursday sale) when booking in November. The remaining balance will be paid in the first week of April 2024.
The 2024 Glastonbury Festival will take place from 26 to 30 June.
Sidetracked with Annie and Nick is available every Thursday on BBC Sounds.
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