Blur are being heavily tipped to play their only UK show this year at Glastonbury Festival...

Blur are being strongly tipped to play their only UK show this year at Glastonbury Festival. The band, who begin recording a new album in July, look likely to headline Saturday night on the Main Stage.

Embrace, Placebo and Spiritualized are expected to fill the headline slots on the Second Stage over the weekend (June 26, 27 and 28), while Underworld are tipped for one of the dance stage nights. Other acts expected to play Glastonbury include Finley Quaye, Ian Brown and Bob Dylan. As last year, organiser Michael Eavis will not officially announce the line-ups before the festival.

Tickets for Glastonbury will go on sale from March 30 priced #80.00 (plus #3.00 handling charge including postage and packing). Children under 14 accompanied by an adult will be admitted free.

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Meanwhile, it has emerged that Damon Albarn spent two days in February recording a cover version of Nokl Coward’s ‘London Pride’ for the Coward tribute album with classical composer Michael Nyman. The album, ‘Twentieth Century Blues’, is due out on EMI on April 13 with all proceeds going to the Red Hot Aids charity trust. It was the last track completed for the album, which also features Suede, Robbie Williams, The Divine Comedy, Space, Pet Shop Boys and Paul McCartney covering Coward songs.