Glastonbury 2014 headliners already booked, says Michael Eavis

Festival news causes riot of speculation about who will be billed at Worthy Farm next year

Michael Eavis says next year's Glastonbury headliners are "more or less in place". All three are apparently groups, not solo acts, and none have played the festival before.

"They're three bands who haven't played Glastonbury, and that's important," Eavis told NME. "There aren't many bands left who haven't played the festival, and before we run out I'd like to persuade the ones on my wishlist to come down. I think I've managed that with these three."

Immediately fans began guessing. The website eFestivals had already suggested back in July that Fleetwood Mac, Depeche Mode and Elbow could be the 2014 headliners. But Gigwise discarded the "bands" idea and proposed the involvement of festival "virgins" such as Daft Punk, the Strokes, Rihanna, Adele, Kanye West and a reunited Led Zeppelin. The bookies' favourites are Oasis, the Foo Fighters and David Bowie.

Although Eavis's daughter, Emily, books most of Glastonbury's lineup, Worthy Farm's 77-year-old owner is still the one who picks the top of the bill. He has already said that 2014 will be a step down from this past summer's festival, at which the Rolling Stones headlined with Arctic Monkeys and Mumford & Sons.

"I'm not going to say we can do it better because we can't, that was the ultimate festival this year," he recently told BBC Newsbeat. "Downhill all the way now. I've had 44 years of an incredible career and we're still milking the old cows as well."

Tickets for Glastonbury 2014 will go on sale next month.

This article was amended on 5 September 2013 to correct a reference to eFestivals.co.uk

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