Monday 19 March 2018

Foo Fighters given headline slot for last night of 2017 Glastonbury Festival

The Foo Fighters have announced they will headline Glastonbury on Saturday June 25
The Foo Fighters have announced they will headline Glastonbury on Saturday June 25

American rock band Foo Fighters have been announced as headliners for the last night of Glastonbury Festival 2017.

Performing at a free concert in Frome, Somerset, on Friday, they announced they would take over the event's Pyramid stage on Saturday June 25.

The invite-only event marked the band's first show in one and a half years.

"It's been a long time," they said as they walked on stage.

"We gotta play a lot of songs."

Fans who were not fortunate enough to attend the gig at the Cheese and Grain were able to tune into the announcement via a live stream.

In the teasing video, event organisers pulled up to the location of the summer festival at Worthy Farm, Somerset, only to find the band sitting ready to perform, four months early.

One said: "We are here to build the stage you will be performing on," before offering them the slot down the road in Frome instead.

The video then cut to the venue, where Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis introduced the group the stage and confirmed all suspicions.

The band had kept their fans in suspense, with cryptic clues to the big announcement on their website, designed to look like a flight check-in page.

People were told to choose a seat and wait until the live stream kicked off at 7.45pm.

But after days of speculation, the news did not come as a shock to everybody.

BBC Radio DJ Jo Whiley tweeted a picture from the gig and wrote: "A very blurry Michael Eavis announcing @foofighters will be headlining @GlastoFest Saturday night. A surprise, I know."

Led by founder and frontman Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters will join recently announced Brit rockers Radiohead as headliners for the famous festival.

Grohl, 48, paused mid-show to ask the audience how well the band's mysterious revelation had played out.

"So, who knew? How did you know?" he asked, and joked: "You just can't keep a f****** secret any more."

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