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Thursday, February 12, 1998 Published at 00:24 GMT


Dylan invited to play Glastonbury
image: [ Mud, glorious mud: Glastonbury last summer ]
Mud, glorious mud: Glastonbury last summer

Veteran rocker Bob Dylan could be one of the headline acts at Britain's biggest music event this summer - the Glastonbury Festival.

Organiser Michael Eavis confirmed he had been busy trying to tempt the artist to appear at the three-day festival in June.

But if he fails Mr Eavis will fall back on silver-haired crooner Tony Bennett to fill the Sunday evening "old boy's slot", which in previous years has featured the likes of country legend Johnny Cash, born-again hip swinger Tom Jones and even Rolf Harris.

"Tony is really keen to do it. He's as keen as mustard and I don't like to thwart someone's enthusiasm," said Mr Eavis.

"But I'm still waiting for confirmation from Bob Dylan."

[ image: Bob Dylan: back after surgery]
Bob Dylan: back after surgery
Dylan, the widely acknowledged father of folk rock, broke off his non-stop world tour last year to undergo heart surgery. Since then he has made a spirited recovery and late in 1997 released his first album of new material in several years - Time Out of Mind - to wide critical acclaim.

Generally, Mr Eavis prefers to keep the Glastonbury line-up a secret, although he also let it slip that former Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown will be appearing, in the new bands tent.

"We don't really advertise the bill. The idea is to make it more fun and a bit of a surprise," he said.

Organisers of the event in the Somerset countryside are working flat-out for the biggest festival yet, and will be seeking a licence for it in March.

[ image: Dylan's latest offering has been highly acclaimed]
Dylan's latest offering has been highly acclaimed
This year's Glastonbury is likely to swell to its largest capacity with 80,000 paying revellers and a further 20,000 working on-site. Tickets go on sale on April 1.

The festival, on the weekend of the June 26 to 28, will clash with a major concert for the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Trust, to be held at Althorp Park in Northamptonshire.

But Mr Eavis does not anticipate a conflict for die-hard Glastonbury fans.

"They haven't got the big names. We're still the market leaders," he said.

Last year's rain-soaked festival was sold out in three-weeks.

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