Coldplay are the bookies tip to replace U2 at Glastonbury 2010 as headliners, The Metro have confirmed. Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis has not confirmed whether U2's slot will now be cancelled or replaced by another band. Instead, he said: ‘We would simply like to send Bono our very best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.’
However, Coldplay have emerged as the bookies favourite to become the headline act. Ladbrokes have given the band odds of 2/1 to take U2's place, with Aussie popstrel Kylie coming a close second, also with odds of 2/1.
And Billboard confirms that a British act has been signed up to fill U2's headline slot at Glastonbury on June 25. Operations director Melvin Benn tells Billboard a deal "is done" and confirms that the act replacing U2 is British. He adds that the name will be unveiled "very soon."
A Ladbrokes spokesperson said: "There are few bands up there with U2 in the global superstar stakes, but Coldplay are one of them, with a massive following. They are well-suited to Glastonbury and would certainly be a very popular alternative to Bono's group. Kylie would also be a viable option for the organisers. She's a top performer and would definitely get the crowd rocking. She'd relish the chance to headline the festival."
Other performers being touted as U2 replacements include Dizzee Rascal, with odds of 9/4, the Rolling Stones at 4/1, Led Zeppelin at 12/1, Sir Paul McCartney 12/1, Kings of Leon 16/1 and Jay-Z being offered at 50/1. However, it appears that neither Florence and the Machine or Dizzee Rascal - the favorite with bookmakers - will step up to headline the Pyramid Stage at the U.K festival. Both acts play Glastonbury on June 25 but Benn says of the replacement act for U2: "They weren't on the bill already."