Girls Aloud to play Glastonbury 'Legends' slot?

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28 Nov 2023, 12:18

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In a dazzling revelation that has pop enthusiasts buzzing with excitement, Girls Aloud might be adding a legendary Glastonbury performance to their highly anticipated reunion tour.

According to reports, the iconic girl group is allegedly in talks to secure the coveted Legends slot on the Pyramid stage for the grand finale of the renowned music festival.

Girls Aloud, comprising Cheryl, Nicola Roberts, Nadine Coyle, and Kimberley Walsh, recently set the stage on fire with news of their reunion tour across the UK and Ireland.

Now, the rumour mill suggests that the Pyramid stage might witness the sensational return of the beloved Sound of the Underground girl band.

Sources close to The Sun newspaper have revealed that Girls Aloud's potential inclusion aligns perfectly with Glastonbury's quest for a dose of girl power, especially following the previous year's all-male lineup, with Arctic Monkeys, Guns N’ Roses and Elton John on the bill.

Their upcoming tour next year also leaves a fairly clear slot for them to make an appearance at the Worthy Farm weekend, with at least 6 days clear between their show at the 02, London and their next date in Liverpool at the M&S Bank arena.

That's a free space that even gives the Love Machine that powers the band a couple days of before the festival starts, on the 26th June 2024.

The group's extensive repertoire of pop anthems promises a sing-along spectacle, catering to a diverse audience and encapsulating the essence of the revered Legends slot.

If the rumours are true, it means Cheryl, Nicola Roberts, Nadine Coyle, and Kimberley Walsh will follow in the footsteps of acts including Yusuf/Cat Stevens, Lionel Richie, Tom Jones, and Diana Ross in landing the Legends slot.

The Sun's source told their Bizarre column: “Girls Aloud have been at the top of the wishlist to play after rumours of a reunion emerged."

Words like this only end up heightening the anticipation surrounding the possible Glastonbury appearance.

Emily Eavis, the mastermind behind Glastonbury's lineup, has been vocal about her inclination to feature prominent female stars.

“The music industry needs to invest in more female musicians to create future headliners." Eavis said earlier this year, adding: "This starts way back with the record companies, radio. I can shout as loud as I like, but we need to get everyone on board.”

Responding to the backlash of the all-male headliners last year, Emily said: “We try our best and we obviously aim for 50:50. Some years it’s more, some years it’s less.

“This year, we did have a female headliner, and she unfortunately had to pull out.”

"The festival needs some girl power after last year’s all-male lineup and the girls fit the bill," adds the source, hinting at the cultural impact Girls Aloud could bring to Glastonbury's stage.

While the festival buzzes with speculation about Girls Aloud's potential Glastonbury appearance, it's worth noting that the reunion tour marks the first time the group will perform live as a foursome since the tragic loss of bandmate Sarah Harding in 2021.

Although no new material is slated for the shows, fans can expect a spectacular journey down memory lane with a setlist featuring all the band's greatest hits.

As the rumour gains momentum, it's clear that if Girls Aloud takes on Glastonbury, it will be a reunion for the ages, blending nostalgia, girl power, and the indomitable spirit of a legendary music festival.