Bassist Duff McKagan was discussing the band’s summer plans on his SiriusXM radio show, Three Chords & The Truth, which will include some time in the UK and a concert in Hyde Park.
He then said, “…and Glastonbury is gonna be iconic” – seeming to officially confirm the rumour that has been swirling for weeks.
The news has set the internet on fire: although Guns N’ Roses have been on an ongoing world tour since 2020, they played for just two nights in London in July 2022, so this is another major opportunity for fans to see the band.
So far, there’s very little else that we know. Elton John was announced as the first act to headline the festival in December. Sir Elton said it was a “fitting way” to say goodbye to his British fans, as the 75-year-old musician is retiring after his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, the last date of which is in July 2023.
Here’s everything else we know about Glastonbury so far.
Who is performing?
There are rumours, but very few confirmations, which is why the Guns N’ Roses confirmation has thrilled fans of both the festival and the American rock band so much.
The full line-up has yet to be revealed but Elton John will top the bill on the Pyramid Stage on Sunday June 25 for his first-ever performance at the Somerset spot. Roxy Music has also been rumoured to be filling the Sunday teatime legends slot.
Other rumoured headline acts include Taylor Swift, who was confirmed as a headliner for the cancelled 2020 festival, and Harry Styles, with fans spotting a small gap in his 2023 tour coinciding with the confirmed Glastonbury festival dates.
Bruce Springsteen, following his surprise appearance during Sir Paul McCartney’s headline Glastonbury set this year, is also rumoured to be on the roster.
When is it on?
The 2023 music event will run from June 21 to 25, 2023.
Can I still buy tickets?
It might come as no surprise that Glastonbury tickets are no longer available, given that approximately ten people want every available ticket.
This year, during the November 6 sale, it took more than an hour to sell out after the site experienced a “technical problem”, with many fans reporting that the site repeatedly crashed at different stages of the booking process.
However, a lucky few still might be able to pick some tickets later: there will be a re-sale of any cancelled or returned tickets in Spring 2023.
Tickets this year cost £335 plus a £5 booking fee for standard tickets.
Has accommodation gone on sale?
Yes, bookings for caravan and campervan, on-site tipis and official off-site pre-erected campsites went on sale from December 1.
There were a range of accommodation options to go for: from campervan and caravan tickets (£150 for a regular pitch and £250 for oversized vehicles) to the Glastonbury Bell Tent (approximately £875 for up to five people) there was something for every kind of camper.
Accommodation could also be bought via Sticklinch, Worthy View’s sister campsite, which offers a “more gently undulating walk to the festival site” with accommodation ranging from Podpads, Tipis, Yurts and Bell Tents. Prices vary from £525 for a two-person Podpad to £1200 for a six-person 16ft Yurt.
Something to note if you do manage to bag a Spring ticket and will be looking for somewhere to stay: accommodation at both Sticklinch and Worthy View are both unfurnished so guests have to bring their own bedding.
What happened at the festival in 2022?
Eilish’s Friday slot made her the youngest ever solo performer while Sir Paul’s Saturday headline gig on the Pyramid Stage saw the former Beatle become the festival’s oldest solo headliner, performing a week after he celebrated his 80th birthday.
The festival featured countless other memorable moments including Greta Thunberg delivering a passionate speech from the Pyramid Stage calling on society to take on its “historic responsibility to set things right” with the global climate crisis.
It also hosted an array of Ukrainian representatives, with the country’s president Volodymyr Zelensky giving a poignant address via a video message and Kalush Orchestra playing their first UK performance since they triumphed at Eurovision 2022.
The festival also – finally – celebrated its 50th year this summer, after the coronavirus pandemic forced organisers to cancel twice.