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Glastonbury organisers explain 2008 headline choices

Find out why Jay-Z, The Verve and Kings Of Leon were picked

Following today’s (February 8) announcement that Kings Of Leon, Jay-Z and The Verve will headline this year’s Glastonbury festival, organisers have explained the reasons behind their choices.

Speaking to NME.COM, Emily Eavis said she was really excited about the three acts that will top the bill on the Pyramid Stage at this year’s event, which runs from June 27-29.

“We are over the moon about these acts playing, all of which bring something completely different to Glastonbury,” she said. “Kings Of Leon have played at Glastonbury several times, from starting in the new bands tent a few years back. They are one of the most exciting live bands around, and this feels like their moment to finally headline the Pyramid. We see the Kings Of Leon as part of the great heritage of Friday night headliners, Coldplay (2002), The White Stripes (2005). They’re ready to make that leap as well.

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She declared The Verve an “all-time classic Glastonbury band”, explaining: “I saw them recently at The Roundhouse (in London) and they were amazing. It’s perfect to round off the weekend. It’s the same slot Muse did in 2004 and I think this will be just as epic.”

With Jay-Z, Eavis admitted the booking had surprised fans, but predicted he would go down in Glastonbury history.

Jay-Z has split opinions but I think that’s what Glastonbury should be about, if you don’t like it there are 50 stages to choose from,” she said, “but I really believe it’s going to be an historical set. We feel honored that he is coming all the way over to play our show.”

Other acts already confirmed to play include Leonard Cohen, Hot Chip, Neil Diamond and British Sea Power.

Fans can currently register for tickets on the official Glastonbury website, after which they will be eligible to buy tickets on April 6. See our guide to getting hold of Glastonbury tickets for all you need to know about registering.

Have your say on this year’s headliners by commenting below using MyNME.

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