Dizzee Rascal is angling to be a Glastonbury headliner when the festival resumes – hopefully – in 2021, saying he got a ‘bigger reaction’ than the actual headliners in the past.
The rapper, 35, was on the line-up for this year’s 50th anniversary festival prior to it being cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, and he opened up on his desire to headline the Pyramid Stage one day.
Dizzee told The Guardian’s Weekend magazine: ‘I was supposed to play Glastonbury this year. At this point they need to hurry up and just let me headline that thing.
‘Those sets I played on the Pyramid stage […] got me a headlining reaction – bigger than the actual headliners.
‘That’s the thing about my sets – there’s not a lot of downtime, not a lot of dip, it’s just energy all the way through.’
Dizzee had previously headlined the West Holts Stage in 2017 and played sets on the Pyramid Stage ahead of headliners Gorillaz in 2010 and Arctic Monkeys in 2013.
He said back in 2017 that the Gorillaz headline set was ‘sleepy’ and that they and other headliner Radiohead ‘did not get the same reaction’ from the crowd that he did.
Glastonbury announced this year’s event would be cancelled at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic as large gatherings began to be banned.
At present, it is unknown when live music events and festivals will be allowed to resume due to social distancing measures in order to stop the spread of coronavirus among the public.
Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis has said that he hopes next year’s event will be able to go ahead as planned as the iconic festival could face bankruptcy if it were to miss another year.
He told The Guardian: ‘We have to run next year, otherwise we would seriously go bankrupt… It has to happen for us, we have to carry on.
‘Otherwise it will be curtains. I don’t think we could wait another year.
‘We haven’t got unlimited resources,’ he added. ‘We carry enough to float the next event.’
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