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Gorillaz to replace U2 at Glastonbury


Story by Jack Foley

VIRTUAL pop band Gorillaz are to replace U2 at next month’s Glastonbury Festival.

The announcement comes just 24 hours after the Irish rockers were forced to withdraw following an injury to frontman Bono that required surgery.

Announcing the Damon Albarn project as U2’s high-profile replacements, organiser Michael Eavis predicted “a massive audio visual spectacle which will really ignite the Pyramid Stage”.

Gorillaz appearance will be their only festival appearance and will top the bill on June 25.

Commenting further, a delighted Mr Eavis said: “I’m very excited about Gorillaz’ show coming here because they’re so open to guests and collaborations. The alchemy of Friday’s show is going to be astonishing – a perfect, contemporary way to kick off the 40th anniversary celebrations.”

Gorillaz released their latest album, Plastic Beach, earlier this year to widespread acclaim. It features collaborations with a diverse range of artists, including Lou Reed, Snoop Dogg and Bobby Womack.

Confirming their appearance, Albarn said that while it was “a terrible thing for U2, Glastonbury is magical”.

He wished Bono “all the best” for a speedy recovery.