Cartoon collective to the rescue

Cartoon pop collective Gorillaz are set to replace U2 on the Friday night of this year's Glastonbury.

It's been a big year for Gorillaz. The cartoon pop outfit returned with their spectacular third album 'Plastic Beach' and took off on a whirlwind series of festival appearances and British tour dates.

Now it's only going to get bigger for Gorillaz. The band have swooped into Worthy Farm, with the cartoon outfit set to replace Irish rock giants U2 as headliners at this year's Glastonbury.

With singer Bono having an operation on his back, U2 were forced to pull out to the band's clear dismay. The search for a replacement was ended earlier today (May 26th) when Gorillaz were unveiled as the new headliners.

"We're like some great big horrible warship pulling in to the Bay of Glastonbury to save the day" singer Murdoc explained. "It was us or The Beatles and they split up years ago. 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."

"I can assure you though, I'm bringing extra troops. Loads of them. Glastonbury will be ours…cutlasses drawn, trumpets ready. We're coming in…"

Recent appearances from Gorillaz have been marked by special guest appearances. Punk icons Paul Simonon and Mick Jones play in the live band, while Boby Womack, Mos Def and De La Soul have all joined them onstage.

Michael Eavis seemed delighted at the group's decision. "This is going to be Gorilllaz' 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."

Glastonbury takes place between June 23rd - 27th.

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