Bono at Glasto? It woz Kate Moss wot did it!
When U2 take to Glastonbury's Pyramid stage at 10pm on June 24 it will be the landmark moment, and set, of their record-breaking 360 tour.
However, festival organisers say fans have supermodel Kate Moss to thank for U2's decision to perform for the first time at the legendary music and arts event.
Festival organiser Michael Eavis told The Diary this week that Moss was one of the "persuaders" who helped book the Irish group for the massive headline show.
"There was a lot of pressure on Bono to do it from his friends. Kate Moss, the TV presenter Lauren Laverne and people like that, part of their social scene. They were the persuasion mob. There was some tie-up with people like that, along with my own daughter Emily, who moved mountains on this one," Michael Eavis told The Diary.
The performance at Europe's most renowned music festival will be the highlight of U2's current 360 world tour. Furthermore, it is anticipated that the tour will have taken over $700m (€491m) in ticket sales by the time they perform their final show of the tour in Canada on July 30.
Despite U2 being unable to erect their massive claw structure at the festival because, in Adam Clayton's words, "it's very un-Glastonbury to have a big production", organisers say festival-goers can still expect to be impressed by U2's set when they hit the Pyramid stage next month.
"We are spending a lot of money on it. For U2 we have to do it. It's the biggest show on earth so we are throwing everything we can to please them. It's going to be one hell of a set because they will be playing all their favourite old songs. They'll be on-stage for two hours but I think we will allow them to do a few encores," said Eavis.