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Glastonbury 2008: Neil Diamond confirmed

Neil Diamond

Story by Jack Foley

AMERICAN singing legend Neil Diamond is the first major act to be confirmed for this year’s Glastonbury Festival (2008).

Organiser Michael Eavis has revealed that the 67-year-old singer, best-known for hits Sweet Caroline and Cracklin’ Rosie, will play the event on Sunday, June 29.

He told the BBC: “Neil Diamond is for people closer to my age.”

Turning to younger fans, he added that electronic dance act Hot Chip, who release comeback single Ready For The Floor this week, have also been confirmed for a slot.

But Eavis remained tight-lipped on the identity of any further acts, except to reiterate that a New York hip-hop star would perform in the Saturday headline slot in a bid to attract younger fans to the event.

Speculation is rife that this could be someone of the stature of Jay-Z or Kanye West.

Registration for tickets to this year’s event opens on Friday, February 1, and demand is once again expected to be massive.

Festival-goers will have until March 14 to register and tickets will go on sale from April 6. Potential fans must submit their contact details and a passport photo as part of the registration process in order to be in with a chance of buying tickets for the event.

Glastonbury takes place at Pilton Farm in Somerset from June 27-29.