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Glastonbury taps Gorillaz as U2’s replacement

on May 26, 2010, 10:31am

With a headlining spot currently open and Plastic Beach collaborators Snoop Dogg and Mos Def already on the 2010 bill, the Glastonbury Music Festival went with one of the more logical choices to fill the vacant spot left by U2 — Damon Albarn and Gorillaz.

The acclaimed UK electro project has been tapped to headline the festival’s Pyramid Stage on Friday, June 25th. It will mark the band’s Glastonbury debut and only UK festival appearance this summer.

“I’m very excited about Gorillaz’ show coming here because they’re so open to guests and collaborations. The alchemy of Friday’s show is going to be astonishing, a perfect, contemporary way to kick off the 40th anniversary celebrations,” explained Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis (via Guardian).

In a statement to the Guardian, Murdoc, the band’s animated bassist, added, “We’re like some great big horrible warship pulling in to the bay of Glastonbury to save the day. It was us or The Beatles and they split up years ago.”

“The previous soldiers got pulled from duty last minute so it’s up to my Plastic Beach naval cavalry to sail in and sort the battlefield out. I can assure you though, I’m bringing extra troops. Loads of them. Glastonbury will be ours … cutlasses drawn, trumpets ready. We’re coming in …”

Of course, don’t expect to actually see Murdoc. and co. on stage at Glastonbury. As the band’s recent live performances suggest, the Gorillaz “replacement” band, which consists of Albarn, The Clash’s Mick Jones (guitar) and Paul Simonon (bass), Jesse Hackett (keyboards), Mike Smith (keyboards), Cass Browne (drums), Gabriel Wallace (drums), and Geoff Wotton (guitar), will perform instead. There should also be collaborations aplenty — as mentioned, Plastic Beach collaborators Snoop Dogg and Mos Def are already on this year’s bill.

Glastonbury takes place between June 23rd and 27th at Worthy Farm in Pilton, England. Other 2010 acts include Muse, Stevie Wonder, Vampire Weekend, Orbital, Pet Shop Boys, and LCD Soundsystem among others. Tickets sold out a long time ago.

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