Glastonbury Festival organiser addresses rumours about Madonna and Dua Lipa

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Glastonbury Festival co-organiser Emily Eavis has refuted the rumours regarding the headlining act for the Pyramid Stage next year.

According to reports now labelled “untrue,” superstars Madonna and Dua Lipa were set to headline the annual event.

The Mail on Sunday had reported on Saturday evening that these two acts, along with Coldplay, were slated to be the headliners on the main stage in June.

Emily Eavis wrote on Instagram on Sunday morning: “As always, there is much speculation and excitement about who is playing at Glastonbury.

“We are working on the line-up day and night at the moment, but it’s still changing every day. The story about our confirmed headliners is untrue.

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“As always, we love your enthusiasm and guesswork – but accurate news on headliners will be with you sometime in the new year!”

The report suggested a Glastonbury lineup with Dua Lipa headlining on Friday, Coldplay, who have headlined four times before, on Saturday.

Madonna would have then been the final act to close the festival on Sunday.

This arrangement would have marked the first time two female artists had occupied the premier headlining slots at the festival.

Last year, Glastonbury received criticism for having all-male headliners, featuring Arctic Monkeys, Guns N’ Roses, and Sir Elton John.

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Explaining last year’s lack of female headliners, Eavis said: “I’ve always been really passionate about gender split [on festival line-ups] and I think, actually, our problem was that I’d been so outspoken about it that having a year when there wasn’t a female sent people a bit mad – or some people.

“And we did have a female – she pulled out and we replaced them with Guns N’ Roses. But everyone knows that it’s top of my list.

“It is difficult with female artists because there aren’t enough headliners. But we’re also creating them. We’re putting the bands and female artists on smaller stages and bringing them through all the time.”

Teasing the upcoming acts, Eavis said: “And who knows? Next year we might get two. And certainly, I can say that the legend is female.”

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