Monday 19 February 2018

The Who to close Glastonbury 'with a bang'

Roger Daltry and Pete Townsend from 'The Who' on stage. STEVE HUMPHREYS
Roger Daltry and Pete Townsend from 'The Who' on stage. STEVE HUMPHREYS

Martin Chilton

The Who will make their first Glastonbury appearance since 2007 when they appear as the headline act for the final night of this year's festival.

Lead singer Roger Daltrey said: "It's great to be ending this part of a 50 year career at the most prestigious and respected music festival in the world. We'll do our best to close this year's event with a bang, unless of course the fireworks get wet!"

The announcement of The Who playing the festival confirms director Michael Eavis’s remark that the final headliners would be two British musicians. The two remaining core members of the Who are Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend. Last year marked the 50th anniversary of the band, who have not made a new album since 2007's Endless Wire.

Glastonbury is not the only festival The Who, famous for hits such as My Generation, Quadrophenia and Tommy, will be playing at that weekend. On Friday June 26 they will take to the Great Oak Stage in London's Hyde Park, where they will be joined by the Kaiser Chiefs, Paul Weller and Johnny Marr.

The band is also undertaking a world tour in honour of reaching their 50th anniversary milestone.

Other big acts confirmed for Glastonbury this year include Pharrell Williams, Florence And The Machine and Mark Ronson. The festival runs from June 24-28 at Worthy Farm, in Somerset.

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