Dizzee Rascal to replace U2 at Glastonbury?

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 May 2010
Dizzee Rascal

Dizzee Rascal

Dizzee Rascal is being lined up to replace U2 at this year's Glastonbury festival if the band's frontman Bono fails to recover in time following back surgery

Dizzee Rascal is being lined up to replace U2 at this year's Glastonbury festival.

The 'Bonkers' rapper has been asked by the British music event's organiser Michael Eavis to fill in for the Irish band after frontman Bono had emergency back surgery last week.

The 'Beautiful Day' hitmakers are set to headline the Pyramid Stage on Friday June 25 but if Bono has not recovered in time, they will have to pull out.

Dizzee is currently set to play the set before U2 but may be promoted to close the evening.

However, Eavis has also phoned Coldplay - who are currently in the studio working on their fifth album - to see if they are available, according to The Sun newspaper.

Bono suffered his injury while preparing for his group's world tour, and attended a specialist neurosurgery clinic in Munich, Germany, for immediate work on his spine.

He is expected to stay in Germany for a few days before returning to his home in Ireland.

A planned tour date in Salt Lake City on June 2 has been postponed.

A statement on the band's website reads: "Once his condition has been assessed further, a statement will be made regarding the impact on forthcoming tour dates."

Industry insiders expect the band will announce later this week that they will not be able to play Glastonbury.


The legendary Irish rock group – comprised of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr – perform a number of shows as part of the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour.

Manchester Arena

Fri 19 Oct

£35–£190 / 0844 847 8000

Sat 20 Oct

£35–£190 / 0844 847 8000

The O2 Arena, London SE10

Tue 23 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 856 0202

Wed 24 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 856 0202

The SSE Arena, Belfast

Sat 27 Oct

£38–£185 / 028 9073 9074

Sun 28 Oct

£38–£185 / 028 9073 9074

Dizzee Rascal

Squawking young garage MC who combines the sublime and the ridiculous in his progressive music and has scored some huge hits with 'Bonkers', 'Holiday' and 'Dance Wiv Me'.

Glastonbury Festival

The UK's largest music festival returns for its 35th year.

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