Glastonbury 2016: Prince was in talks to headline Pyramid Stage before death, Michael Eavis confirms
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After years of rumours, Prince could have finally made his first appearance at Glastonbury this summer. Festival organiser Michael Eavis has revealed that he was set to have meetings with the singer’s management before his death in April 2016.
Prince, who was 57 at the time of his death, had been one of the last remaining favourites to headline the festival’s Pyramid Stage. Speculation had mounted every year that the singer would make an appearance but to no avail leaving fans in hope that he would one day perform.
Confirming he was in talks with the Purple Rain singer’s team, Eavis told The Sun: “I was going to meet his agent, it was all planned but it didn’t happen. His death was so sad. That’s a real star that we never had.”
In 2014, Prince was said to have pulled out of performing at the festival after the news was leaked to the press. Addressing the cancellation, Eavis said at the time: “We wanted him and it got to the point where his people were talking to us about him doing it.
“But before he confirmed he got upset as he thought we had advertised that he was playing. We hadn’t, but with social media, rumours get everywhere, and one was that Prince was coming. So he didn’t want to do it in the end.”
In November 2015, Glastonbury booker Martin Elbourne admitted that while Prince had been top of their list of dream headliners, it had proved difficult to persuade the iconic singer to sign up. Elbourne told Loaded: “We were trying to get Prince for the last couple of years, but it just goes on forever. You have to get in early and the process takes so long with these bookings.”