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Thursday 24 April 2014

Demo threat to U2 Glastonbury show

U2 are set to perform at the Glastonbury festival

Protesters are plotting disruption at U2's long-awaited headline gig at Glastonbury.

The Irish rockers are expected to face a "visual spectacular" from campaigners angry at the group's alleged "tax dodge" in Ireland.

With heavy rain forecast, the 170,000-strong crowd will continue to party in a 900-acre mud bath as the main acts get under way. But Bono and his bandmates could have more than the quagmire to worry about.

Direct action group Art Uncut is planning to unfurl a giant inflatable before the BBC cameras as the "world's biggest band" take to the Pyramid Stage.

Campaign member Anna Walker, 32, said: "Everyone there will see it. If the BBC do not broadcast it, there is little doubt that it will have been an editorial decision."

Placards will also be held up declaring "Bono tax dodger" and "Bono pay up".

Fellow campaigner Charlie Dewar said: "U2's multimillion-euro tax dodge is depriving the Irish people at a time when they desperately need income to offset the Irish government's savage austerity programme.

"Tax nestling in the band's bank account should be helping to keep open the hospitals, schools and libraries that are closing all over Ireland. Bono is well known for his anti-poverty campaigning but Art Uncut is accusing him of hypocrisy."

Meanwhile, Radiohead were revealed as the secret headline act to play the Park Stage on Friday afternoon, The Sun reports.

Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis, who personally picks the bands for that stage, said earlier this month: "We do have a special guest that's a really big thing for us. It's a band who could potentially be headlining. I don't want to big it up too much or we might have to close the field again!"

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