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Glastonbury 2008: The Verve and Kings of Leon to headline

Story by Jack Foley

THE Verve and Kings of Leon will fill the remaining headline slots at this year’s Glastonbury Festival (2008).

Kings of Leon will headline the Pryamid Stage on Friday, June 27, while Jay-Z will topline on Saturday (28) and Richard Ashcroft’s The Verve will close the three-day event on the Sunday (29).

The headliners were revealed on Radio 1’s Newsbeat and come one week after this year’s registration process was launched.

Kings of Leon may seem like a surprise choice for headliners but they are an increasingly popular band and their selection is probably in keeping with Michael Eavis’s attempt to appeal to younger music fans. Likewise, the presence of hip hop star Jay-Z.

Speaking to Newsbeat, co-organiser Emily Eavis added that Kings of Leon were deserving of the top slot having “come through the ranks” at previous festivals.

She felt they were ready to make the leap and would follow “the great heritage of [past] Friday night headliners Coldplay and The White Stripes”.

The Verve, meanwhile, were described as “a great Glastonbury band” that both Emily and Michael had been pursuing for a headline slot for some years.

Jay-Z, on the other hand, was part of a move to “break with tradition” and to draw a wider participant at this year’s event.

Glastonbury 2008 takes place at Worthy Farm from June 27 to 29 and will feature some of the top names in music alongside emerging and breakthrough bands.

Other acts to have been confirmed so far include Hot Chip, who will headline The Other Stage, British Sea Power and music legends Neil Diamond and Leonard Cohen.