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U2 to headline Glastonbury 2010

U2

Story by Jack Foley

U2 ARE to headline next year’s Glastonbury Festival as the world-famous summer festival celebrates its 40th anniversary.

The band, who will be performing for the first time at the venue, will lead the line-up on Friday, June 25, 2010.

The gig also marks their first festival gig for more than 25 years and will involve them make a flying visit to the UK in the middle of a North American tour.

A statement released by festival organiser Michael Eavis revealed: “The 26-year-old rumour has finally come true. At last, the biggest band in the world are going to play the best festival in the world.

“Nothing could be better for our 40th anniversary party. And there are even more surprises in the pipeline…”

As part of their ongoing 360 Degrees world tour, U2 will play a stadium show in Edmonton, Canada, on June 23, before jetting to Somerset for June 25, and then resume their tour in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the following evening.

U2 promoter John Giddings said on Twitter: “It is true, U2 headline the Fri night @ Glastonbury. They fly back for the weekend in the middle of their US tour.”

but tickets sold out in 24 hours after going on sale last month.

Next year’s Glastonbury event takes place on Mr Eavis’ legendary dairy farm venue from June 25-27, 2010. No other artists have been confirmed as yet but tickets are already sold out. Some 177,500 people will be at the 40th anniversary celebration.