Prince was lined up for Glastonbury slot Michael Eavis confirms

23 June 2014, 17:44 | Updated: 23 June 2014, 17:55

Prince performs on stage at the 2006 Bet Awards

Michael Eavis has admitted he was trying to get Prince to headline this year's Glastonbury.

The festival organiser said that negotiations with the Purple Rain singer fell through because Prince thought that they had leaked that he was playing before it was confirmed.

"We wanted him to play, and it got to the point where his people were talking to us about him doing it, but before he confirmed he got really upset because he thought we had advertised that he was playing," Michael Eavis explained in an interview with The Guardian.

"We hadn't, but with social media, rumours get everywhere, and one of those rumours was that Prince was coming. So he didn't want to do it in the end.

"All the social media chit-chat now about who might be playing really doesn't help us. People think we've advertised them early, but there'd be no point to us leaking details because the tickets sell out in an hour in October, before the headline acts are announced. People come for what the event means to them, not the headline acts."

Arcade Fire, Metallica and Kasabian are headlining this year's Glastonbury, which takes place this weekend.