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I just saw this on the BBC website. Below is the article about the line up for this year's Glastonbury festival.


The Raconteurs, Crowded House, Mark Ronson and The Fratellis are among the acts who have been confirmed to play this year's Glastonbury Festival.


The full line-up has been revealed a day after details were leaked on an internet forum.


They will join previously announced headliners Jay-Z, The Verve and Kings of Leon at the event from 27-29 June.


Other acts range from Shakin' Stevens to Editors. "It is our most diverse line-up," organiser Emily Eavis said.


Panic At The Disco, Massive Attack, Groove Armada and The Fratellis will play at the festival in Somerset, now in its 38th year.


Goldfrapp, Manu Chao, The Feeling and The Gossip will perform on the main Pyramid Stage during the weekend.


They will be joined by singer-songwriters James Blunt, John Mayer, KT Tunstall and Gilbert O'Sullivan.


"The Pyramid Stage throughout our history has always represented a total cross-section of big popular bands," Ms Eavis told the BBC. "We've never ever been led by what we think is fashionable."


The second Other Stage will host acts including Hot Chip, Duffy, Elbow and The Hoosiers.


Headlining the John Peel Stage will be Jamie T and Biffy Clyro.


Ms Eavis was unable to comment on the likelihood of Amy Winehouse appearing, while Neil Diamond had previously been mooted but does not appear on the current line-up.


There are still a few names to be announced, Ms Eavis said, promising some surprises "in the far-flung corners of the site".


There are still "a few" of the 137,500 tickets on sale, she said. Unlike in recent years, tickets did not sell out within hours.


Ms Eavis said that was down to bad weather at recent festivals, rather than this year's choice of headliners - and that the slower ticket sales could be good for the event.


"For a while we haven't had a year where there hasn't been a ticket scramble and I think what we end up with is proper Glastonbury-lovers," she said.


"A lot of those people haven't been able to come over the last few years because of the nightmare to get tickets, so in a way we've ended up with a distilled Glastonbury crowd and I genuinely think they will make it phenomenal this year.


"Maybe we need that, the real Glastonbury audience, rather than a different crowd."



I know one of the biggest debates this year has been Jay-Z being a headline act, and the fact it drifts away from the tradition that is Glastonbury. Personally, I think it's a good idea to have a bit of diversity, considering there is a wide variety of choice on anyway. If you don't like, go and find one of the other stages! But from a quick glance, it looks a good line up.


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Seems nothing compared to what Radio 1 have managed to get for their festival and what the others are doing. Dunno if theres a thing as being too diverse. Certainly in terms of headlining, people just don't go to festivals for Jay Z's kinda thing. Guitars, drums, that kind of thing, to get everyone hyped and enjoying it. Given the festivals history of amazing headline sets, this year doesnt look liable to be another one

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