One can only imagine the splendor that would have been to see Prince performing at the 2016 Glastonbury Festival.
According to reports, the late musical great was in negotiations to do just that before his untimely death.
Glastonbury Festival’s founder Michael Eavis and his daughter Emily had reached out numerous times to the Prince camp to get the superstar to headline the British event, but were never able to tie down a definitive date for the star to take to the famed Pyramid Stage.
Trying to secure the star for this year’s lineup was no exception, with Michael scheduled to meet Prince’s agents to finally make a deal for Prince to take a headline slot. Prince tragically died on April 21th, aged 57.
Eavis told Britain’s The Sun newspaper: “I was going to meet his agent, it was all planned but it didn’t happen. His death was so sad. That’s a real star that we never had.”
Prince was originally going to play the festival in 2014 but he pulled out because rumours of his appearance began circulating on social media before he had confirmed.
Telling Britain’s Guardian newspaper at the time, Eavis had said: “We wanted him to play, and it got to the point where his people were talking to us about him doing it, but before he confirmed, he got really upset because he thought we had advertised that he was playing. We hadn’t, but with social media, rumours get everywhere, and one of those rumours was that Prince was coming… So he didn’t want to do it in the end.”
In 2015, Prince dropped out of the event for the second year in a row with The Who taking his headline slot after they were drafted in to replace him.
The festival is planning a major tribute to Prince during this year’s event.
Glastonbury will take place in Somerset, England, between the 24th and 26th of June.