Irish rockers U2 have pulled out of performing at next year's (05) Glastonbury Festival, because they'll be too busy touring.

The band - who are currently promoting their upcoming album HOW TO DISMANTLE AN ATOMIC BOMB - were expected to headline the annual English music event after entering negotiations with organiser Michael Eavis.

But Eavis reveals, "U2 are not doing it. We heard last week. They are doing a tour with Clear Channel and it would get in the way of their schedule.

"Their manager said they will do it at some point in the future. We're always talking to potential headliners from a very early date because they are the most complicated to sort out."

Eavis is now busy searching for a replacement to top the bill in 2005.

He says, "We have sent someone out to the States this week to pursue an artist we want.

"Yes, they are American and yes, they are of superstar proportions. That's all I can say!"

However, he did hint after this year's (04) bash, "I've got three headliners for next year... Prince promised me he would do it."

Meanwhile, rockers Razorlight, Franz Ferdinand and Snow Patrol are all expected to perform at Glastonbury 2005.

18/10/2004 21:04