Arcade Fire headline Glastonbury 2014

Glastonbury Pyramid Stage

Canadian six-piece, who released their No 1 album Reflektor in October, are the first headline act to be revealed

After months of speculation about who might be treading the boards at Worthy Farm in 2014, Arcade Fire have been announced as the first confirmed headliners for next year's Glastonbury.

The band, who last appeared at Glastonbury in 2007 on the Other Stage, announced they would top the bill on Twitter today.

Following the release of their number one album Reflektor, the six-piece had already confirmed a slot at Primavera next summer. However rumours surrounding their performance at Glastonbury were triggered last month, when Arcade Fire announced an US arena tour which included a notable tour break in between June 22 and July 30. A few weeks later, they dropped hints on Jo Whiley's BBC Radio 2 show about a potential Glastonbury slot. When frontman Win Butler was asked whether they would be appearing at any UK festivals by the host, he replied: "Yeah, I hope so. It's a special experience." After refusing to give any further information, he added: "Get your wellies ready!'"

While the rest of the bill is yet to be announced, last month Lily Allen declared that she will be performing at next year's Glastonbury festival. "It got confirmed yesterday," the singer told Nick Grimshaw on his Radio 1 Breakfast Show in November. "I'll be doing 16 weeks of festivals over the summer and then tour."

Speaking to NME at this year's AIM Awards, Eavis stated that the headliners for next year would all be newcomers to the headline slot: "Next year's headliners are more or less in place. They're three bands who haven't played Glastonbury, and that's important. There aren't many bands left who haven't played the festival, and before we run out I'd like to persuade the ones on my wish list to come down. I think I've managed that with these three."

Maybe he was being disingenuous: Arcade Fire have played Glastonbury before, though never as Pyramid Stage headliners.

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