Mar. 28 - The Rolling Stones are set to play Britain's Glastonbury music festival, along with the Arctic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons, and Rufus Wainwright among others. John Russell reports.
The Rolling Stones will play Britain's Glastonbury music festival for the first time, organizers announced on Wednesday (March 27), joining Arctic Monkeys and folk band Mumford & Sons as headliners at the three-day June event. The appearance by the veteran British rock group follows weeks of rumors that the Stones, who in 2012 celebrated 50 years in the music business with a handful of concerts, would finally play at Glastonbury, one of Europe's biggest music festivals. According to a line-up on the Glastonbury website for the June 28-30 festival, the Rolling Stones will play the main Pyramid Stage. The exact date of their appearance was not listed. The line-up also includes singers Elvis Costello, Kenny Rogers and Rufus Wainwright among others. Members of the Stones have been saying for weeks that they would like to play Glastonbury. Speculation has also been rife that the Stones will launch a full world tour in 2013, which would be the band's first since their 2005-2007 "A Bigger Bang" tour.