Ed Sheeran could be heading to Worthy Farm next summer with reports the Photograph singer will headline Glastonbury 2017. According to reports, the British musician has finished talks with festival organisers Michael and Emily Eavis and plans to mark his return to music at Europe's biggest music festival.
It is expected that the Thinking Out Loud singer will release his anticipated third studio album in 2017, more than a year after he embarked on a hiatus. The Sun claims Sheeran, 25, has now agreed to headline Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage in June for the first time.
A source told the newspaper: "Michael is delighted to get Ed signed up. It's going to be a huge moment for the festival having him up there marking his comeback in front of a giant crowd. Ed's always said headlining Glastonbury has been a big ambition of his. Topping his three sold-out Wembley Stadium shows last year will be tough, but this is as big as it gets."
If reports are true, Sheeran will join previously-announced headliners Radiohead while the Foo Fighters are expected to fill the final headline slot after they were forced to cancel their 2014 performance due to Dave Grohl's leg injury.
Fans are highly anticipating Sheeran's comeback and it was recently revealed he plans to release the follow-up to his critically-acclaimed second album, x, "very soon". Songwriter Amy Wadge told BBC's Newsbeat: "The third album is on its way and is the best thing I've made. His album is done. All of this year he's been preparing for his next album," adding that his new material will "break the internet".
The I See Fire hitmaker returned to social media on 13 December, sharing a cryptic blue square on Twitter and Instagram without a caption. It came a year to the day after Sheeran announced to fans he would be disappearing from the spotlight to enjoy travelling without the pressures of touring.
The singer wrote: "Hello all. I'm taking a break from my phone, emails and all social media for a while, I've had such an amazing ride over the last 5 years but I find myself seeing the world through a screen and not my eyes so I'm taking this opportunity of me not having to be anywhere or do anything to travel the world and see everything I missed.
"To my friends and family, if you love me you will understand me buggering off for a bit, to my fans, my 3rd album is on the way and is the best thing I've made thus far. See you all next album and thank you for being amazing."
Glastonbury 2017 will take place at Somerset's Worthy Farm from 21 to 25 June.