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Lionel Richie confirmed for Glastonbury

By | Published on Monday 1 December 2014

Lionel Richie

In an interesting bit of casting, Lionel Richie will be playing Dolly Parton in the 2015 rendition of ‘Glastonbury’. Which is good news if he really was who you were looking for.

Confirming he had been booked to play Glastonbury’s Sunday teatime slot in 2015, the bit in the programme filled by Parton this summer just gone, Richie told reporters: “I’m 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 honoured 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'”.

The festival’s Emily Eavis added: “He’s one of the great soul legends. He’s got all the songs, some incredible songs, and I think he will get people on their feet. There will be a lot of love out there for Lionel”.

Admitting that the ‘music legend’ Sunday teatime slot had become something of a standout segment at her festival, not least this year with Parton, Eavis went on: “In many ways it’s its own headline slot. And I’d say Dolly probably opened the door for Lionel. We got the phone call from his agent saying he was up for coming down, pretty much as we were packing the tents away from this year’s festival!”