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U2 have confirmed that they will headline Glastonbury festival's Friday night (June 24) this year.

Guitarist The Edge made the announcement in a video speech played at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2011 ceremony in London tonight (February 23).

The declaration came shortly after Glastonbury had been named Best Festival at the bash.

"Congratulations to Michael and Emily [Eavis] and the rest of the team for the continued success of Glastonbury," he said. "It's more a way of life than a festival."

He then spoke about his guest appearance playing the Pyramid Stage with Muse at Glastonbury 2010.

"I have to say there is something really special and iconic about that stage," he said. "So, we're all looking forward to coming back to pick up where I left off. U2 will be playing June 24. And we're so excited to get to play in front of the world's greatest festival audience. We'll see you there!"

U2 were originally set to headline the festival in 2010 but had to pull out after frontman Bono injured his back. It has long been rumoured that they will play this year, but tonight is the first time the news has been officially confirmed.

Glastonbury takes place at Worthy Farm from June 24-26. Coldplay and Beyonce have also been confirmed to headline the festival.


NME.COM is coming live from the Shockwaves NME Awards 2011 ceremony at London's O2 Academy Brixton tonight. Keep checking NME.COM/awards for news, photo galleries, blogs, video interviews and more.

Tune into NME Radio and NME TV for further coverage throughout the week.

Get next week's issue of NME for the ultimate report on the evening's events. It's on UK newsstands or available digitally from next Wednesday (March 2).

Watch the ceremony on Channel 4 on Saturday night (26) at 11.20pm (GMT). Earlier in the day, at 11.25am on the same channel, T4 will broadcast their coverage of the ceremony.

Buy music by tonight's award winners at Amazon.co.uk.

The NME Awards Big Gig takes place on Friday (25). Godlike Genius Dave Grohl's band Foo Fighters headline, with Cee Lo Green, Band Of Horses and No Age also on the bill.


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