The Rolling Stones to headline Glastonbury 2013

Veteran rock band will join Mumford & Sons and Arctic Monkeys as the leading acts at this year's music festival

The Rolling Stones have been confirmed as one of three headline acts for this year’s Glastonbury Festival.


It’ll be the first time that the veteran band, who celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2012, have performed at the event at Worthy Farm in Somerset.

They’ll play on Saturday night, while Mumford & Sons and Gordon Brown’s favourite indie band Arctic Monkeys will fill the festival’s other headline slots.

“Can’t wait to play Glastonbury,” tweeted Stones front-man Mick Jagger. “I have my wellies and my yurt!”

Guitarist Ronnie Wood said that he’d used all his “persuasive charm” to convince the rest of the Stones to take the Glastonbury gig and enthused that he “can’t wait to be getting out on that stage.”

Lead guitarist Keith Richards added: “We all had such a ball last year, and the energy between the band is so good, we can’t wait to play Glastonbury, see you on a summer’s day in England.”  

“It is something we never thought we’d be able to pull off – a dream booking,” said Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis. “We’ve tried or talked about getting the Rolling Stones to play Glastonbury throughout my entire life – I can’t remember a year it hasn’t been wished upon.

“It is such an honour to have them. I get the sense they are excited too, there’s been a real buzz about it from both camps.”

Other acts due to appear at the festival, which will take place from Wednesday 26 to Sunday 30 June, include Primal Scream, Professor Green, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Dizzee Rascal and Elvis Costello.

Veteran country star Kenny Rogers will perform on the festival’s Pyramid Stage, which will also play host to Rita Ora, Rufus Wainwright and Billy Bragg.      

The Smashing Pumpkins, PiL, The XX and Foals are among the acts who’ll play the Other Stage at Glastonbury 2013.


Tickets for this year’s Glastonbury Festival have already sold out, but fans will have the chance to snap up additional passes when some tickets go on re-sale next month.