Dizzee Rascal joins lineup at Glastonbury

Organisers of Glastonbury festival make Dizzee Rascal their latest recruit in a drive to highlight the breadth of their lineup

It's a long way from the estates of Bow in east London to the rolling fields of Somerset, but the organisers of Glastonbury festival have made Dizzee Rascal their latest recruit in a drive to highlight the breadth of their lineup.

The Mercury music prize-winning rapper will headline the Park stage, the Guardian can reveal. The new stage was introduced last year by Emily Eavis to give a "back to basics" feel to a corner of the site near the stone circle where revellers traditionally gather to watch the sun rise. Also playing this year will be singer-songwriter Laura Marling, human beatbox Schlomo, who will perform a two-hour set with guest stars, and Vampire Weekend.

Michael Eavis has also revealed that he will personally introduce US rap star Jay-Z as the Saturday night headliner on the Pyramid stage - the first time he has done so in the festival's 38-year history.

He said he had agreed to do so to clinch the deal with Jay-Z's manager. The decision to hand the headlining slot to the rapper has caused some disquiet and Eavis said the initial response was "pretty flaky" in some online polls and message boards.

But he said the festival, of which the Guardian is a sponsor, had to keep moving forward. A larger proportion of the 144,000 tickets will be made available over the phone when they go on sale tomorrow at 9am. As last year, potential attenders are required to pre-register their details in order to combat ticket touting.


Owen Gibson, media correspondent

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