Bruce Dickinson: ‘Iron Maiden will never play at bourgeois Glastonbury’

Iron Maiden will never be tempted to follow Metallica to Britain’s Glastonbury festival, according to frontman Bruce Dickinson. James Hetfield’s band will become the first heavy metal act to headline the fabled event when they take to the iconic Pyramid Stage next month (Jun14), prompting speculation they will pave the way for more hard rock bands at the event.
However, Dickinson is adamant Iron Maiden won’t be one of them, branding the festival too “bourgeois” for his band.
He tells Britain’s Daily Star newspaper, “Personally I have no interest in going to Glastonbury. In the days when Glasto was an alternative festival it was quite interesting.
“Now it’s the most bourgeois thing on the planet. Anywhere Gwyneth Paltrow goes and you can live in an air-conditioned yurt is not for me… I’ll leave the middle classes to do Glastonbury and the rest of the great unwashed will decamp to Knebworth (for the Sonisphere festival) and drink lots of beer and have fun.”
The 2014 Glastonbury festival also features sets from acts including Lily Allen, Ed Sheeran, Arcade Fire and Kasabian.