European fans of Lionel Richie will have plenty of opportunity to see the singer on their home soil next year. Richie plans an extensive European tour, and has just been announced as the Sunday “tea time” act at Glastonbury Festival.
According to his official website, Richie will play shows throughout Europe and the United Kingdom in February and March. The singer is the first act to be confirmed for the Glastonbury Festival in June.
Rolling Stone reports that betting sites are placing odds on what other acts might appear at the already sold-out event. Foo Fighters, AC/DC, and Muse are considered strong bets, while legendary performers such as Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and David Bowie are less likely. The Inquisitr previously reported that there are rumors of an Oasis reunion at the long-running summer festival.
Organizer Emily Eavis revealed Lionel Richie pitched his own appearance at Glastonbury, and they were receptive to the idea.
“[W]e felt very lucky to get the call from a true Motown legend asking to play next year. He’s got so many amazing songs, to see him perform here on the farm is just going to be wonderful.”
Not only did Richie express his interest, but he did so enthusiastically, according to Eavis.
“We got the phone call from his agent saying he was up for coming down, pretty much as we were packing the tents away from this year’s festival.”
The Sunday “tea time” slot, according to Rolling Stone, is often reserved for music legends. When Richie performs, he will join a long line of big names, including Leonard Cohen, Brian Wilson, James Brown, and this year’s featured performer, Dolly Parton.
Richie himself expressed his anticipation of the high-profile gig.
“I’m really excited to play Glastonbury next year as it’s one of the most iconic festivals in the world. It has a phenomenal history and the alumni of artists who have previously played is incredible so I’m honoured to be joining that club. It will be a really special moment for me and I can’t wait to share it with everyone. I can now say ‘Yes, I’m playing Glastonbury.'”
The first Glastonbury festival was held in 1970 and had 1,500 attendees. Tickets included free milk from the farm where the show took place. Marc Bolan, known as the front man of the glam rock group T-Rex, was among the featured performers.
Glastonbury’s 2015 full line-up will be announced in the Spring.
[Lionel Richie Image: Google]