Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts says he doesn't want to play this year's Glastonbury Festival and that he "never liked the hippy thing."

Speaking to today's Guardian newspaper, the gentleman jazzer says: "I don't want to do it. Everyone else does. I don't like playing outdoors, and I certainly don't like festivals. I've always thought they're nothing to do with playing. Playing is what I'm doing at the weekend. That's how I was brought up. But that's me, personally.

"When you're a band . . . you do anything and everything. But Glastonbury, it's old hat really. I never liked the hippy thing to start with. It's not what I'd like to do for a weekend, I can tell you.

"The worst thing playing outdoors is when the wind blows, if you're a drummer, because the cymbals move . . . it really is hard to play then.

His memories of the Stones' legendary free gig in Hyde Park in 1969 shortly after the death of Brian Jones aren't that rosy either.

"I had to rush around and get my silver trousers done for it. And then Mick Taylor, of course, it was his first big gig. And my wife got hit with a stale sandwich. I remember her going mad with that," Watts says. "I don't blame her. She got hit on the back. She reckoned it was stale because it obviously hurt a lot.

"The butterflies (Mick Jagger released a load of butterflies in memory of Jones before the show began). I didn't like that, because the casualty rate was worse than the Somme. Half of them went woosh. And the other half of them were dead."