The Who have this morning been announced as the headline act on the closing Sunday night bill at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, on June 28. The band’s appearance on the Pyramid Stage will come two days after they headline Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time in London’s Hyde Park.
It’s eight years since The Who first played at Glastonbury, when their 2007 appearance was thought by many reviewers to be the highlight of the entire weekend. Other artists that year included Amy Winehouse, Arctic Monkeys and Shirley Bassey.
This year, they will follow Paul Weller on stage, thus confirming the recent remark by Glastonbury figurehead Michael Eavis that the two Sunday night headliners would both be British acts. Weller also joins The Who on the Hyde Park bill, along with Kaiser Chiefs, Johnny Marr, Gaz Coombes and others.
“It’s great to be ending this part of a fifty-year career at the most prestigious and respected music festival in the world,” says Roger Daltrey. “We’ll do our best to close this year’s event with a bang, unless of course the fireworks get wet!”
The Who are currently on the first of two North American legs of their 50th anniversary tour, on which the recent British dates were warmly acclaimed by the press. “A privilege to bear witness,” said the Daily Telegraph of one of their performances at The 02, while Uncut magazine said it was “as thrilling as you could hope for.” The Financial Times commented: “If this really is the last hurrah for The Who, then this was a stirring, moving and memorable farewell.”
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