Today Gorillaz have been confirmed as the replacement headliners for U2 at this year’s Glastonbury festival.
Damon Albarn’s band will play on the Pyramid Stage on June 25, a booking that was apparently secured after the band phoned organizers to offer their services.
The news was confirmed on Glastonburyfestivals.co.uk, with organiser Michael Eavis saying, “This is going to be Gorillaz’ only UK festival appearance, and it’ll be a massive audio-visual spectacle which will really ignite the Pyramid on the Friday night, with Muse then Stevie Wonder to follow.”
Gorillaz’ cartoon front-man Murdoc Niccals also spoke about the booking, likening the band to “some great big horrible warship pulling in to the Bay of Glastonbury to save the day”.
“It was us or The Beatles and they split up years ago,” he said. ‘”The previous soldiers got pulled from duty last minute so it’s up to my ‘Plastic Beach’ naval cavalry to sail in and sort the battlefield out.”
The festival headline appearance will be Damon Albarn’s second in as many years, following Blur’s show on the same stage in 2009.