The 118,000 wellie-clad rock fans who descended on the famous fields of Glastonbury today were left ‘furious and crestfallen’ following the shock last minute cancellation of many of this year's headline acts, and were left with further frustration after one-hit-wonder Chris De Burgh was rushed in as the ‘emergency stand-in’.
De Burgh, who received brief notoriety for his 1986 hit ‘The Lady in Red’, now only famously played by wedding DJs to clear dance floors at last orders, was contacted in hast last night after a rail and airport strike left previously booked legends like the Rolling Stones and Arctic Monkeys stranded and unable to attend the world famous festival.
Fighting back tears, music fanatic Tom Harris who is attending his first ever festival this weekend, said: "I paid £110 to witness Professor Green, Primal Scream and Mumford and Sons blast out tunes to hundreds of thousands of screaming people. Then they announced on large speakers that they've all cancelled, and that Chris De Burgh is on his way. I don't even know who that is'.
In a statement released on Twitter and Facebook this morning, Glastonbury organisers have insisted that their options were ‘disastrously limited’ after the Europe-wide strike brought domestic and continental airports to a complete standstill.
‘We are extremely sorry to announce the cancellation of many headline acts this weekend. The unexpected strike has decimated the original line-up, and we were left with no choice but to draft-in musicians that live within walking distance of the festival. Chris De Burgh will take the main stage on both Saturday and Sunday night. Anybody who is unhappy with the changes can claim a refund through our official website’, explained the statement.
De Burgh, who rents a bedsit just half a mile from the Glastonbury perimeter couldn't believe his luck this morning. "I literally haven't had a booking for 24-years, so to be told I will be headlining Glastonbury all weekend is going to take some time to sink in. When the call came in I was applying to appear on the gameshow Wipeout".
Glastonbury organisers have confirmed that De Burgh will be supported by novelty rock band the Wombles and X-Factor waste products Chico and Eoghan Quigg.
When asked about the set he has planned for the proposed 18-hour stage appearance, he added: “It’s all a little rushed. I’m currently working with festival coordinators to work out a way of stretching a performance of The Lady in Red over two days’.