Glastonbury Festival has announced the first tranche of artists to be playing at Worthy Farm this year, confirming 83 acts in addition to the three main headliners of Ed Sheeran, Radiohead and Foo Fighters.

Among the dozens of confirmed acts announced on Thursday (March 30th) are some surprisingly massive names, not least in the shape of pop royalty Katy Perry and Scottish rock titans Biffy Clyro who could expect to headline virtually any other festival in the world.

A large number of music veterans and heroes of yesteryear are also scheduled to make appearances. Former Bee Gee Barry Gibb is set to take the traditional Sunday afternoon ‘legend’ slot, filled by Madness, Lionel Richie and Dolly Parton in the previous three editions of Glastonbury.

The Jacksons, Chic and country star Kris Kristofferson are also due to appear, in addition to the Can Project, which features original members of the krautrock cult heroes Can alongside a number of guests include Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore.

Lorde, whose second album is finally due out this summer, is also due to perform on a bill with a healthy number of female acts such as Laura Marling, Warpaint, Solange Knowles, Emeli Sande, Haim, Goldfrapp and First Aid Kit.

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The xx, The National, Sleaford Mods, reformed shoegaze act Ride, Royal Blood and Alt-J are also scheduled to make notable appearances. Grime is also well represented, with Stormzy, Kano, Boy Better Know and grime godfathers Wiley and Dizzee Rascal on the bill.

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After the land at Worthy Farm is left to recover next year, Glastonbury Festival will next be held in 2019 – but its long-term location has been the subject of speculation for many months now.

Emily Eavis, the festival’s organiser, says that the plan is still to return to Worthy Farm in 2019 for its next edition. “I think we’re most likely going to come back here in 2019 after the fallow year in 2018,” she told the Guardian in January. “Then 2020 is our 50th anniversary. And 2021, we may then do a show somewhere else, which we’re calling the Variety Bazaar. But none of this is set in stone.”

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