Metallica will play Glastonbury as the festival’s Saturday night headliners.
The heavy metal band is the last confirmed act for the famous Pyramid Stage, joining Arcade Fire on Friday night and Kasabian on Sunday night.
This is the first Glastonbury appearance for the band, who have been together since 1981.
Speaking to BBC Radio 6, festival founder Michael Eavis said that Metallica “wanted to play for a long, long time…Everywhere I go people say, ‘When are Metallica going to play?’ I said, ‘They will be here one day’ and this is their time now.”
It’s yet another step into the unknown for Glastonbury, who veered away from their traditional line-up in 2008 by booking Jay Z to headline.
Drummer Lars Ulrich is aware that his band is not the traditional headliner for Glasto, saying, “It’ll be your friendly neighbourhood Metallica. If nothing else, we’ll enjoy it.”
This year’s festival takes place 25-29 June. Other Pyramid Stage acts include Dolly Parton, Jack White, Elbow, The Black Keys, Robert Plant, Lily Allen, Ed Sheeran, Lana Del Rey, The War On Drugs and Kelis.
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