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Prof. Stephen Hawking to appear at Glastonbury

Prof. Stephen Hawking on the red carpet of the British Academy Film Awards 2015 Credit: Matt Crossick/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Professor Stephen Hawking is to make an appearance at Glastonbury Festival.

The world famous physicist and mathematician will be a special guest in the Kidz Field alongside childrens' TV presenters and magician Dynamo.

Kids under 12 are admitted free to festival and often the Kidz Field attracts acts even the adults want to see.

Eavis on booking The Who for Glasto 2015

Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis has been describing his delight at booking The Who as Sunday headliners for the event in June.

They last performed at Worthy Farm in 2007.

They cancelled one of their dates abroad and they said we'd love to do it so we're thrilled to bits about that and last time they were brilliant. Fantastic show it really was. The sound was perfect, lovely evening when they played last time.

– Michael Eavis, Glastonbury Festival founder
The Who last played the festival in 2007 Credit: PA

It might be the last time for them, I don't know so we simply could not resist and I'm so pleased they agreed to reschedule the tour in order to do it. It's going to be a highlight it really is.

I am a fan. I think Roger Daltrey is one of the best singers in the world you know. Fantastic. The whole shebang is going to be absolutely fantastic. Marvellous.

– Michael Eavis

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The Who confirmed to headline Glastonbury

The Who last played the festival in 2007 Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

It's been confirmed that The Who will fill the final headline slot at Glastonbury Festival.

It had already been revealed that the Foo Fighters would headline on the Friday, and Kanye West on the Saturday.

It has also been announced that Paul Weller will take the slot immediately before the band.

The Who are now doubled booked however, with a show already scheduled for Sunday 28th in Paris. It's not been confirmed whether this concert will be moved to a different date.

Train named after Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis

Michael Eavis founded the world-famous Glastonbury Festival. Credit: First Great Western

Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis has had a train named after him at Paddington Station today.

The ceremony in London saw Mr Eavis' name and the Glastonbury logo put on a First Great Western train, which will run between London, Wales and the South West.

Extra trains will be getting festival-goers to Glastonbury this year - including this one. Credit: First Great Western

One of its stops is Castle Cary, the nearest station to the festival's site in Somerset. Fifty extra trains will be travelling this route during this year's event in June - the 45th year the festival has run.

Act confirmed for this year include Kanye West, the Foo Fighters and Motörhead.

Jay-Z performing at Glastonbury in 2008. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Glastonbury Festival 2015 line-up unveiled

Glastonbury have released a list of all those performing at the festival in June - but are still keeping quiet over the third, and final headliner.

The Full line up:

  • Foo Fighters (headliner)
  • Kanye West (headliner)
  • Florence + The Machine
  • Pharrell Williams
  • Alt-J
  • Lionel Richie
  • Motörhead
  • Mary J Blige
  • Alabama Shakes
  • Paloma Faith
  • Patti Smith
  • The Chemical Brothers
  • Rudimental
  • Deadmau5
  • Jamie T
  • Ben Howard
  • Hot Chip
  • The Mothership Returns - George Clinton, Parliament, Funkadelic and the Family Stone
  • Flying Lotus
  • FKA Twigs
  • Caribou
  • Roy Ayers
  • Run The Jewels
  • Mark Ronson
  • Super Furry Animals
  • Belle & Sebastian
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  • The Vaccines
  • Ryan Adams
  • Chronixx
  • Future Islands
  • George Ezra
  • The Waterboys
  • The Moody Blues
  • Suede
  • Franz Ferdinand and Sparks
  • The Maccabees
  • Enter Shikari
  • Modestep
  • Clean Bandit
  • Jessie Ware
  • Courtney Barnett
  • Jon Hopkins
  • Spiritualized
  • Jamie xx
  • Mavis Staples
  • Hozier
  • Father John Misty
  • The Fall
  • Todd Terje
  • Gregory Porter
  • Jungle
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  • Sleaford Mods
  • Catfish And The Bottlemen
  • Azealia Banks
  • Young Fathers
  • Charli XCX
  • Kasai Allstars
  • Sharon Van Etten
  • Kate Tempest
  • Goat
  • Wolf Alice
  • Perfume Genius
  • Fat White Family
  • Years And Years
  • La Roux
  • Death Cab For Cutie
  • Lianne La Havas
  • Death From Above 1979
  • Circa Waves
  • Peace
  • The Pop Group
  • Ibeyi
  • Ella Eyre
  • Rae Morris
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Morrissey brands Glastonbury boss Michael Eavis an 'animal hater'

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Former Smiths frontman Morrissey has branded Michael Eavis an "animal hater".

The comments came after the Glastonbury boss commented on how his cows were happy.

But, in a post on fansite True To You, he described the dairy farmer and festival organiser as "the gentlemanly God of Glastonbury".

He said:

What Michael Eavis meant by this statement was: WE are economically very happy because our cows have the highest milk yield in the county. No Glastonbury cow was available for comment, and no cows were heard laughing.

– Morrissey
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The singer, who has recently posted online rants against targets as diverse as Ant and Dec and Madonna, is an avid campaigner for animal rights and has cancelled gigs at venues that serve meat.

He also accused the Festival organiser of censoring his show at the festival in 2011.

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Angry Glastonbury festival fans launch petition against Kanye

The petition has so far attracted 28,000 signatures Credit: ITV News

The announcement that Kanye West is one of the headliners at Glastonbury has angered some fans of the festival - who have launched a petition.

The change.org petition, has so far attracted over 28,000 supporters.

The rapper has been confirmed as one of this summer's headline acts.

Kanye West will follow in the footsteps of fellow hip-hop star Jay Z Credit: ITV News

He follows in the footsteps of fellow hip-hop superstar Jay Z, whose Saturday night slot in 2008 caused huge controversy before it was deemed a big success.

Now a petition has been launched in an attempt to derail plans by organisers for the US star to perform.

West recently took to the stage to debut new track All Day at the Brits but his performance - much of it muted out - left many viewers disappointed.

Kanye West is an insult to music fans all over the world. We spend hundreds of pounds to attend Glasto, and by doing so, expect a certain level of entertainment. Let's prevent this musical injustice now!

– Change.org petition

Emily Eavis, daughter of the festival's founder Michael, revealed on Twitter on Monday night that the rap superstar will top the Saturday bill at Glastonbury in June.

But Adam Tingley wrote on the petition website: "If he can't even get the Brits right, how will he manage to pull in the crowds at the world's greatest music festival?!?"

Alice McCready added: "Kanye's rap image is not in keeping with the festival's concepts. His lyrics are at times offensive".

Glastonbury's famous Pyramid stage Credit: Matt Crossick/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Others were more supportive.

Barnye Hunter wrote on Twitter: "I love Glastonbury because the line up is so diverse and oh my how dare they let something other than an old white rock band headline!"

And Kayleigh Quinn said: "No specific genre owns Glastonbury. There's more than one stage. Get over yourself."

The announcement came shortly after West tweeted a series of nude pictures of his wife, socialite Kim Kardashian.

Eavis tweeted: "We are thrilled to let you know we have the one and only Kanye West headlining Saturday night on the Pyramid Stage!"

Foo Fighters will headline Glastonbury on the Friday night Credit: ITV News

Foo Fighters will headline the Pyramid Stage on the Friday, making their first appearance at the Somerset festival since 1998.

Kanye West to headline Glastonbury Festival

Kanye West to headline Glastonbury Festival Credit: PA

It has been announced that Kanye West will be headlining Glastonbury Festival in June.

Emily Eavis made the announcement this evening on social media.

Tickets for this year's event sold out within 30 minutes last October. The Foo Fighters had already been confirmed as Friday night's headliners, while the main act for the Sunday night has yet to be announced.

Glasto organiser is made tourism ambassador

Festival organisers Emily and Michael Eavis Credit: PA

Glastonbury Festival organiser Emily Eavis has become a tourism ambassador for Somerset.

Her father Michael is also an ambassador and the two have been running the world famous music festival together since 2000.

120,000 tickets for this year's event sold out in a record 26 minutes. The line-up has yet to be announced.

Dalai Lama to appear at Glastonbury Festival

Dalai Lama to appear at Glastonbury Festival Credit: PA

The Dalai Lama is to appear at this year's Glastonbury Festival.

In a statement on his official website, the 79-year-old revealed he will be giving a talk at Worth Farm in Pilton on June 28th - the final day of this year's event.

The Dalai Lama is the head monk of Tibetan Buddhism and was traditionally responsible for the governing of Tibet, until the Chinese government took control in 1959.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was recognised as the reincarnation of the previous 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso at the age of two.

An announcement on his website said: "Public Talk in Glastonbury, Somerset, England on June 28.

"His Holiness will give a talk at the Glastonbury Festival in the morning."

In 2013, his Tibetan Monks performed live in the Green Fields at the festival, and held a ceremonial Sand Mandala to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Tibetan Declaration of Independence.

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