Madonna’s Glastonbury negotiations have reportedly collapsed over money issues (Picture: Getty Images for dcp)
Organisers had teased a ‘really big American artist’ would be headlining, after Emily Eavis said she had her ‘fingers crossed’ to secure ‘two female headliners.’
While Glastonbury bosses had appeared to attempt to dispel speculation Madonna was appearing, the rumour mill turned regardless, and fans’ hopes were very much up.
Now, however, reports have emerged that negotiations between Glastonbury and Madonna have broken down as securing the star would have been too expensive.
There’s another music legend now rumoured to take Madge’s spot though – none other than Stevie Wonder.
Legendary musician Stevie Legend is now rumoured to be in talks about taking the slot (Picture: Getty Images for The Recording Academy )
The star last performed at Worthy Farm in 2010 on the Pyramid Stage (Picture: WireImage)
According to the Mail Online, the 73-year-old musician has been offered the coveted Sunday night headline slot, with a source describing it as ‘a massive coup if we get him.’
Stevie last performed at Glastonbury in 2010 to a tens of thousands-strong crowd, with a setlist including Sir Duke, I Just Calle to Say I Love You, and Happy Birthday – marking Glasto’s 40th anniversary.
A source had told the outlet that Madonna negotiations fell apart due to ‘money issues,’ calling it ‘a real shame.’
‘There is still some hope it can be resurrected but it’s pretty unlikely,’ they added.
Concertgoers were promised a lineup announcement ‘in the new year’ (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)
In 2023, boss Emily was forced to deny rumours after the line-up supposedly leaked.
Declaring the Madonna speculation ‘untrue’, she asked fans to be patient while plans are finalised.
‘As always, there is much speculation and excitement about who is playing at Glastonbury,’ she wrote on Instagram.
She continued: ‘We are working on the line-up day and night at the moment, but it’s still changing every day. The story about our confirmed headliners is untrue.
‘As always, we love your enthusiasm and guesswork – but accurate news on headliners will be with you sometime in the new year!’
Metro.co.uk has gone to reps for Stevie Wonder, Madonna and Glastonbury for comment.
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