Lionel Richie confirmed for Glastonbury’s Sunday afternoon slot

Richie will follow in the footsteps of Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers and Paul Simon

Lionel Richie has been confirmed for Glastonbury 2015 with organisers revealing that the soul singer will perform in the iconic Sunday afternoon slot.

Richie will perform on the final day of the three-day event, following Dolly Parton who drew one of the biggest Glastonbury audiences of all time when she appeared in the same slot at this year’s festival. Other vintage artists who have played the same slot over the years include Kenny Rogers, Leonard Cohen, Brian Wilson and Paul Simon.

“I’m really excited to play Glastonbury next year as it’s one of the most iconic festivals in the world,” said Richie (via The Guardian). “It has a phenomenal history and the alumni of artists who have previously played is incredible so I’m honoured to be joining that club. It will be a really special moment for me and I can’t wait to share it with everyone. I can now say ‘Yes, I’m playing Glastonbury.'”

Festival organiser Emily Eavis said she is excited to have confirmed an artist with an “incredible” catalogue of songs. “He’s one of the great soul legends. He’s got all the songs, some incredible songs, and I think he will get people on their feet. There will be a lot of love out there for Lionel.”

Richie is the first big name artist to be confirmed for Glastonbury 2015. Foo Fighters are rumoured to be the favourites to headline the festival, alongside Muse and AC/DC.

Fleetwood Mac remain among the list of potential headliners with odds of 6/4, despite Mick Fleetwood stating outright that the band will definitely not be performing at next year’s festival.

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William Hill odds for Glastonbury headliners:

Foo Fighters (8/11)
Fleetwood Mac (6/4)
AC/DC (6/1)
Muse (10/1)
Taylor Swift (12/1)
Led Zeppelin (16/1)
Elton John (20/1)
Pink Floyd (20/1)
Prince (20/1)
The Stone Roses (20/1)
Daft Punk (25/1)
David Bowie (25/1)
Iron Maiden (25/1)
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (25/1)
U2 (25/1)

Earlier this summer, NME.COM users voted for Oasis as the band they would most like to see headline Glastonbury next year.

This year’s festival saw Arcade Fire, Metallica and Kasabian top the bill.