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Glastonbury 2007: First names unveiled

The Arctic Monkeys

Story by Jack Foley

THE Arctic Monkeys, The Who and Bjork are the first major acts to be confirmed for this year’s Glastonbury music festival – even though tickets have yet to be released.

According to festival organiser Michael Eavis, the Arctic Monkeys will headline the main Pyramid Stage during the event in June, while The Who, Lily Allen, Cumbawumba and Bjork will also appear.

Co-organiser Emily Eavis told the BBC News website earlier this month: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be able to put Bjork and the Arctic Monkeys on because both are firm favourites in our household.

“The Arctic Monkeys have never done it so this will be their first year and Bjork has done the festival a few times now and is absolutely fantastic.”

No date had been set to reveal the full line-up, but it’s believed that the full bill will remain a secret until after tickets have gone on sale.

There is also no confirmation of which nights the Arctic Monkeys or Bjork will play.

In related Glastonbury news, Kylie Minogue will not be appearing this year contrary to initial reports. The popular singer, who had been due to headline in 2005 before being diagnosed with breast cancer, has previous commitments to fulfil.

The report prompted rumours that Californian rockers the Red Hot Chili Peppers had approached Mr Eavis about taking Kylie’s place but were turned down because the space had already been filled.

The 2007 Glastonbury Festival is scheduled to take place from June 22-24 on Mr Eavis’ Somerset farm.