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2003-Jun-16: Sir Paul May Play Glastonbury Next Year

The BBC reports today that Sir Paul had wanted to perform at Britain's famous Glastonbury festival this year, but his offer was turned down.  According to the festival's organizer, Michael Eavis, Radiohead had already been confirmed to headline:
"We tried to work it out with Paul - I offered him the headline on Friday and Sunday but it was Saturday or nothing. I told him Radiohead were already booked but it was no good, so I had to say no to him."
A spokeswoman for the festival added:
"We were in discussions with Paul McCartney, but it never got to a point where we were talking about slot times.  He may play at the festival next year though."
Jeff Baker confirmed the story saying:
"There was some talk about playing Glastonbury very early on, but it did not fit into the tour.  Paul has been on the road for 14 months, and the tour finished two weeks ago."
Glastonbury is the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world.  This unique festival's goal is to encourage and stimulate youth culture from around the world in all its forms, including pop music, dance music, jazz, folk music, fringe theater, drama, mime, circus, cinema, poetry and all the creative forms of art and design, including painting, sculpture and textile art.  In addition, the festival hosts areas to showcase complementary and alternative medicine, demonstrations and displays of environmentally friendly technologies and techniques, various forms of religious expression, and a forum for debating environmental, social and moral issues.  The festival also actively pursues the objective of making a profit and thus is able to distribute large amounts of money to Greenpeace, Oxfam, Water Aid and other humanitarian causes.

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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