One Direction stars Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan made it to the pyramid stage at the iconic Glastonbury festival last weekend. The One Direction boys were on a platform to the side of the stage watching emerging star James Bay’s set on Friday afternoon. An overeager cameraman spotted the One Direction stars and flashed their image onto the huge screens on either side of the stage.
As everyone must know by now, the FooFighters had to cancel their Friday headline slot after Dave Grohl broke his leg falling from a stage. As a result, Florence And The Machine were moved up to headline the day, and a huge gap was left on the main stage schedule. After Niall and Louis’s images had flashed on the screen, a rumor swept Glastonbury saying that One Direction were to fill the empty slot. After all the controversy over Kanye West headlining Saturday night, it would be fair to say that the Glastonbury fans were less than impressed by the prospect of One Direction, a manufactured pop group, appearing on the pyramid stage.
Thankfully, for the vast majority of Glastonbury fans, the rumors about a One Direction appearance were just that, rumors. The slot was actually filled by a surprise act, the Libertines. Most Glastonbury fans will hope that standing backstage watching James Bay is as close as One Direction will ever get to standing on a stage at the world’s most important music festival.
Glastonbury festival fans will no doubt fully agree with Niall Horan when he says that One Direction are “not cool enough” to play at the festival. The Mirror reports that Niall wants to return to Glastonbury next year, but only as a punter.
Niall said, “We’re not cool enough to play at Glastonbury. It’s so cool, we had loads of fun. We were there for a day but we had to leave at 1 a.m. because we had a gig, but we’re going back next year for sure.”
According to the Independent, Glastonbury organizer Emily Eavis announced over the weekend that next year’s Glastonbury headliners have already been booked, but, of course, their identity is a closely guarded secret. It is almost certain that Foo Fighters will fill one of the slots after this year’s disappointment. Glastonbury does like to surprise people, but booking a manufactured boy band like One Direction would no doubt be a step too far.
It would seem that the world is falling out of love with One Direction. Whilst the UK leg of their “On The Road Again” tour is sold out, the same cannot be said about their U.S. shows. With just a week to go before One Direction’s U.S leg commences, not a single show is sold out.
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