Monday 18 December 2017

U2 set to headline Glastonbury's 40th anniversary

Controversial US rapper Snoop Dogg will play at this year's Glastonbury festival. Photo Getty Images
Controversial US rapper Snoop Dogg will play at this year's Glastonbury festival. Photo Getty Images

Ben Leach

U2, Muse and Stevie Wonder will headline Glastonbury this year as the world-famous festival celebrates its 40th anniversary.

Snoop Dogg, Dizzee Rascal, The Flaming Lips, Vampire Weekend and the Pet Shop Boys have all been named in this year’s Glastonbury festival line-up.

Michael Eavis, the festival’s founder, told the Guardian: "This is it! It is the most staggering line-up, to match the 40-year reputation of the festival.

"I have been trying to get U2 to play at the festival since 1982, and Muse have never headlined Saturday here, although they have played before."

The Friday night line-up includes Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, Vampire Weekend, Dizzee Rascal and U2 on the Pyramid stage.

On Saturday Jackson Brown, Seasick Steve, the Scissor Sisters and Muse will perform, while Slash, Ray Davies, Jack Johnson and Faithless will perform on Sunday.

The inclusion of Snoop Dogg in the line-up is likely to cause controversy. He won an expensive legal battle against the British government last month, after it tried to ban him from visiting the country.

The British Home Office fought for three years to prevent the 38 year-old from entering the country following a brawl at Heathrow Airport in May 2006.

But Mr Eavis dismissed any concerns about the rapper’s reputation: “Jay-Z worked so well, when we heard it was a possibility that Snoop Dogg could do it we went to work.

"We never pass judgment on the people who play here; we hire them for their musical ability. We are only interested in their music and what they will bring to the festival. We never compromise on that.”

Other bands in the line-up include Florence and the Machine and Hot Chip on Friday, Editors on Saturday and LCD Soundsystem, MGMT and Orbital on Sunday.

Groove Armada, Mumford & Sons, the xx and Julian Casablancas will also perform.

Paul Stokes, associate editor of NME, told the Guardian the line-up showed "the unique place Glastonbury occupies in not only the hearts of the British festival-going public, but also the world's most influential music artists".

"Someone like Snoop would rarely share a bill at an event he isn't headlining – or better still, running – yet the moment his UK visa issues were worked out he's booked a slot at Glastonbury," he said.

"He's seen what it's done for Jay-Z's international career – taking him from being the biggest rapper in the US to the biggest in the world – and wants in."

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