Giddings’ Granny For Glasto?

John Giddings, the man behind the annual Isle of Wight Festival in the UK, has said that money was what convinced Fleetwood Mac to headline his event rather than Glastonbury. 

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Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita, Kans.

In an interview with Music Week, he said: “Michael Eavis said, ‘How did you get Fleetwood Mac?’ I said, I paid them.” Giddings, who is agent for U2MadonnaLady Gaga, Sting, and Pharrell Williams, who is also playing IOW, said Glastonbury “could book my granny and still have a festival.”

“The rest of us are still in the realms of having to book a decent line-up and make it attractive to people and want them to come,” he explained.

The other acts on IOW June 11-14 include Paolo Nutini, The Courteeners, Ash, The View, Billy Idol, Kodaline, Counting Crows, You Me At Six, First Aid Kit, Jessie Ware, and Kool & The Gang.