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Bruce Springsteen to play Glastonbury 2009

Bruce Springsteen

Story by Jack Foley

BRUCE Springsteen is to headline this year’s Glastonbury Festival, it has been confirmed.

The US rocker, dubbed The Boss, will top the bill on the show’s Saturday night, in a slot that was controversially filled by US rapper Jay-Z last year.

Springsteen, who has just released his 24th album, and who has already sold out another UK festival – London’s Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park – will headline on Saturday, June 27 as part of a line-up that also includes Franz Ferdinand.

Commenting on the annoucement, a delighted Michael Eavis, festival founder, told the BBC: “He’s one of the all-time rock legends and I’m confident that this will be one of our best shows ever.”

Co-organiser Emily Eavis added: “I’m knocked out that we’ve managed to get Bruce to play. It’s the icing on the cake of this year’s bill, which I’m sure will take everyone’s breath away when we announce the full details.”

Tickets for the event have sold out, with a “very limited” number of cancelled tickets due to go on sale on April 5.

The Glastonbury date will form part of Springsteen’s world tour and will follow his headline appearance at Hyde Park’s Hard Rock Calling event on Sunday, June 28.

Although acts are only just being confirmed for this year’s Glastonbury, two further names that are expected to be announced are Neil Young and reformed indie darlings Blur.