Michael Eavis confirms 'triumphant' Coldplay for Glastonbury

Organiser says he is 'proud' of Chris Martin and co

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Glastonbury festival organiser Michael Eavis has confirmed that Coldplay will headline the 2011 event.

It had already been widely reported that Chris Martin and co were to play the June event, but now Eavis has confirmed the booking.

He told the festival's official website, Glastonburyfestivals.co.uk, that they would headline the Pyramid Stage on the Saturday (June 25) of the festival. It will be the first time they've played the event since they headlined the same stage in 2005, having also done so in 2002.

"Coldplay have played such a major part in the festival over the last 10 years or so," Eavis said. "As their popularity grew around the world I was so proud of them. This is the triumphant return of a band that everyone here feels part of. They're one of the greatest phenomena to grow from these fields."

Beyonce is also set to play a headline slot at the event, while U2, who pulled out of the 2010 event after singer Bono injured his back, are likely to be the third headliners.

Glastonbury 2011 takes place at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset. Billed music takes place on June 24-26, with the site opening on June 22.

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