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Arctic Monkeys to headline T In The Park 2014

Sheffield band named as first bill-topping band at next year's Scottish bash

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Arctic Monkeys will headline next summer's T In The Park festival.

The Sheffield band, who released their fifth studio 'AM' earlier this year and also headlined this summer's Glastonbury festival, are the first act to be announced for the Scottish bash, which takes place over the weekend of July 11 - 13 at Balado, Kinross.

Speaking about their headline slot in a statement, the group, who also headlined the event in 2007 and 2011, said: "We are delighted to be playing T In The Park and look forward to a great night with our Scottish fans."

Festival Director Geoff Ellis also spoke about booking the band for the festival and said: "We're thrilled to announce Arctic Monkeys as our first headliners for T In The Park 2014. After this year's fantastic 20th year celebrations, we asked our audience who they'd like to see at next year's festival and Arctic Monkeys came top of the poll, so we're really pleased to be able to confirm them for T In The Park."

"When they take to the stage in Glasgow this week they'll prove exactly why they're one of the greatest live acts around, and I'm sure we can look forward to another phenomenal set at T In The Park," he added. "We have many more fantastic acts in store which we’ll announce next year, and can't wait to see you all again in July."

T In The Park celebrated its 20th anniversary last year with headline slots from The Killers, Rihanna and Mumford and Sons, with other acts at the festival including Kraftwerk, Beady Eye and Jake Bugg. A limited number of tickets for next year's festival go on sale this Friday (November 22) at 9am. For more information head to Tinthepark.com.

Last week, meanwhile, Arctic Monkeys announced that they will play two huge outdoor shows in London's Finsbury Park on May 23 and 24 next year, with support to come from Tame Impala, Miles Kane and Royal Blood, and will also headline Portugal's Optimus Alive festival, which takes place in Lisbon on July 10.

To check the availability of T In The Park tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

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