The Rolling Stones have denied reports they will retire next year with a headline slot at Glastonbury. It was reported "sources" close to the band had indicated that their Glastonbury appearance will be their final date in a "handful" of shows in the UK and USA in 2012. It was also suggested that, as it is part of the group's 50-year anniversary, it will be seen as a good time to call it a day on live performances.

The Rolling Stones have denied reports they will retire next year with a headline slot at Glastonbury.

It was reported “sources” close to the band had indicated that their Glastonbury appearance will be their final date in a “handful” of shows in the UK and USA in 2012. It was also suggested that, as it is part of the group’s 50-year anniversary, it will be seen as a good time to call it a day on live performances.

Representatives for the band insisted there is no truth in the claim, which appeared in the Sunday Mirror yesterday (June 17) and they would not be playing at Worthy Farm next summer.

The veteran four-piece have never played Glastonbury before. A spokesman for the festival told The Guardian there have been no conversations as yet. He added: “Everybody in the year off thinks they’ve come up with the perfect Glastonbury lineup. But at the moment there isn’t anything to confirm or deny.”

In a Twitter post the band said, “Every year the @RollingStones are asked to play this UK festival..but playing Glastonbury is not in our plans”.