Gorillaz take U2 Glastonbury slot: festival-goers react

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Gorillaz take U2 Glastonbury slot: festival-goers react

Leanne Kelsall on 26 May 2010

Glastonbury announced the new headliners on their website as an official statement: “We're very pleased to announce that the Friday night Pyramid Stage headline slot which U2 have been forced to vacate will now be taken by Gorillaz, who called offering their services once the news about U2 had broken.”

Within minutes Facebook users were airing their views with 513 'likes' within an hour of the news being made public.

There were hundreds of comments on Glastonbury’s official Facebook page applauding the festival for the new act including Robert Lewis who said: “Glasto [sic] is saved!”

Non-U2 fans were also quick to make their feelings clear. Dan Hardwick voiced his opinion on the Gorillaz addition: “This is class. Actually got a contemporary act that pushes the boundaries of music, not some ageing rockers who make albums that sound the same every time.”

Daniela Emilia Federici
added: “The Glastonbury gods are back on form, best news I’ve heard this festival season. Sooooooo [sic] much better than U2! Thank you.”

Whilst many users are excited by the news some remain convinced that the act could have been bigger, Mat Bonell posted: “Why didn't Bono get on the dog and bone to some of his showbiz mates? He's got jagger's [sic] number…stones would've been way better than the gorrilaz [sic] i [sic] want to see a band i [sic] can actually see, not watch on a music video.”  

Karl Rouse was keen on the idea: “Good choice, but they could have really pulled something out the bag, but I’m happy!”

This caused a lot of support for the band with Ben Rhys-Lewis posting: “This is what Glasto [sic] is all about. You cant [sic] get more contemporary than the Gorillaz. Damon must have enjoyed last year (I certainly did) and is coming back to wow us again. Its [sic] going to be collaboration heaven! Murdoc's quote says it all!”

Elsewhere across the social networking world Twitter users got involved as well as Gorillaz font man himself posted a tweet, MurdocGorillaz: “Yes! It’s true. The Greatest Show on Earth (Gorillaz) is coming to The Greatest Festival in the World (Glastonbury).What could be better..?”

Many Glastonbury fans have been noting that the new addition will clash with the Flaming Lips, Carljoesbury@webstl said: “Overall meh [sic]. I like Gorillaz a lot, but not enough to tempt me away from The Lips.”

More twitter users joined in on the excited posts amongst fans, siboypresents said:Gorillaz replace U2 at Glasto. Could that have worked out any better? Answer: NO!”

Miffo cheekily added: “Is looking forward to Gorillaz with or without you.”

Festival organiser, Michael Eavis, said: "This is going to be Gorilllaz' only UK festival appearance, and it'll be a massive audio visual spectacle which will really ignite the Pyramid on the Friday night, with Muse, then Stevie Wonder to follow.” 

He added: “I'm very excited about Gorillaz' show coming here because they're so open to guests and collaborations. The alchemy of Friday's show is going to be astonishing: a perfect, contemporary way to kick off the 40th anniversary celebrations. I am so grateful for the enthusiasm of the media and the whole of the music industry for their willingness and eagerness to support us in what could have been a crisis.”

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