Rumors Continue to Link Guns N’ Roses to a Glastonbury 2023 Headline Slot

By Mitch Rice

Axl Rose and Guns N’ Roses are being lined up as one of the premier acts of this summer’s Glastonbury 2023 roster. Guns N’ Roses and British rock band, Arctic Monkeys, are reportedly the remaining headline acts yet to be announced. The pair would join British legend Elton John, with the “Rocket Man” set to perform live for the final time in his career at Worthy Farm.

It’s fair to say that Guns N’ Roses are one of the few 1980s hard rock bands to remain relevant almost four decades later. Axl Rose, Slash and co. certainly put in the hard yards, with regular tours worldwide. 2023 looks like being more of a quiet year, with only a June gig at London’s Hyde Park currently officially scheduled. However, this slots in just one week after the weekend of Glastonbury 2023, which has sparked strong rumors that the band will be playing two huge sets back-to-back in England at the start of the summer.

It’s not just their live performances that help the band and “franchise” remain in the psyche of the mainstream masses. Its franchise continues to be officially licensed out to offer new and immersive Guns N’ Roses experiences both on and offline. One of the latest experiences is the official Guns N’ Roses online slot, which is developed by iGaming pioneers NetEnt. The game features all the iconic hits played in the background as the reels spin, ideal for those looking to remind themselves of the band’s adrenaline-fueled repertoire. This slot is now available in the US iGaming market too, with FanDuel Casino listing it within its game library. First-time users can access a FanDuel Casino promo code to get started, with risk-free gaming offered during their first 24 hours of play. By creating a FanDuel Casino account, users also get direct access to its sportsbook and daily fantasy sports services.

Guns N’ Roses are long overdue at Glastonbury Festival

One thing is for sure, interest in the Guns N’ Roses slot and other licensed games or products surrounding the band will peak in June if their place at the world-renowned Pyramid Stage is confirmed. In 2021, Emily Eavis, daughter of Glastonbury founder, Michael Eavis, spoke to Metal Hammer and admitted that Guns N’ Roses “need to play here at some point” before it’s too late.

Since the announcement of Guns N’ Roses’ Hyde Park show on June 30, 2023, some of the most trusted Glastonbury sources have confirmed the appearance of Axl Rose at Worthy Farm. For many years, eFestivals has been a reputable portal for Glastonbury headline rumors and they now have the band listed as “TBC” on their roster for 2023.

It somehow beggars belief that Guns N’ Roses have evaded the Glastonbury line-up for this long. The band’s guitarist, Slash, has performed independently at Glastonbury before, alongside his solo band in 2010. Slash even cracked out five covers of Guns N’ Roses tracks, sung by session performer, Myles Kennedy.

What does the rest of the Glastonbury 2023 line-up look like?

Elton John is the only confirmed headline act, although Sheffield rockers Arctic Monkeys are likely to headline on the Friday. Their return would mark the 10-year anniversary of their first headline performance when they rocked the Pyramid Stage on the first evening of the three-day festival. In fact, Elton John is the only confirmed act across all of the stages at Glastonbury 2023, with the Eavis family keeping their powder dry to date.

Other strong rumors for Glastonbury 2023 include Scottish pop singer, Lewis Capaldi, American pop singer, Lizzo, and iconic British DJ, Fatboy Slim. Former One Direction singer Harry Styles has also been rumored to be lined up for a slot on the Pyramid Stage on Sunday evening before Elton John.

Glastonbury 2023 organizers have come in for significant criticism in recent months after announcing a substantial hike in its ticket prices to £335, including a further £5 booking fee. Despite the protestations, the festival remained a complete sell-out, with 210,000 people embarking on the Somerset countryside for the world’s most iconic celebration of music.

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