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Glastonbury 2015: Lionel Richie to play Sunday teatime slot

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Lionel Richie has confirmed he will play the Sunday teatime slot at the 2015 Glastonbury Festival, organizers have announced.

He is the first artist confirmed for the next year event.

“We are over the moon,” said festival co-organizer Emily Eavis, daughter of Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis.

“We felt very lucky to get the call from a true Motown legend asking to play next year,” she continued.

Lionel Richie will play Glastonbury 2015

Lionel Richie will play Glastonbury 2015 (photo Getty Images)

“He’s got so many amazing songs, to see him perform here on the farm is just going to be wonderful.”

Lionel Richie, 65, said he was “really excited to play Glastonbury next year as it’s one of the most iconic festivals in the world”.

“It has a phenomenal history and the alumni of artists who have previously played is incredible so I’m honored to be joining that club.

“It will be a really special moment for me and I can’t wait to share it with everyone

“I can now say <<Yes, I’m playing Glastonbury>>.”


Dolly Parton played the Sunday teatime slot at the 2014 festival, following in the footsteps of such acts as Neil Diamond, Shirley Bassey and Tom Jones.

Tickets for the 2015 Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset sold out in less than 30 minutes, before any acts on the line-up had been announced.