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ZZ Top, Foals, Proteje, Disclosure and Cyndi Lauper are five of the first names to be announced for Glastonbury Festival 2016.

The first chunky wave of artists for Glastonbury Festival 2016 were announced today (Mar 29). The long list features Bastille, Madness, Gregory Porter, Daughter, Art Garfunkel, Floating Points, LCD Soundsystem, The Last Shadow Puppets, Skepta, Grimes, M83 and, as reported here, Bring Me The Horizon.

Chvrches, Santigold, Mercury Rev, Róisín Murphy, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Lady Leshurr, Bat for Lashes and NAO have also been announced for Glastonbury 2016.

The Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music (SNOAM) are also scheduled to perform at the festival this June.

The 90-strong orchestra, founded in 1990, performed with Damon Albarn at the Damascus Opera House in 2009, then appeared on the track White Flag on Gorillaz’ Plastic Beach album and on their subsequent world tour.

The outbreak of civil war in spring 2011 caused many members of the orchestra to flee and they are only now, in 2016, gathering together to play their first shows since the conflict started.

Last week, James confirmed themselves as Other Stage openers on Friday 24th June, playing at 11am.

More than a thousand further artists, including poets, comedians and late night DJs, are still to be announced. The full line-up is expected to be announced in early May.

Glastonbury Festival 2016 lineup poster

Glastonbury Festival returns to the hallowed grass of Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset from Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th June, 2016.

Anyone lucky enough to have a deposit against a Glastonbury Festival 2016 ticket will have one week to pay the remaining balance of the ticket cost. This ticket balance payment window runs from 9am this Friday (1st April) until 11:59pm on Thursday 7th April 2016.

The balance due is £178 (plus a £5 booking fee) per person, plus a £7.75 transaction fee (postage and packing or box office collection) per order.

All ticket balances which are left unpaid after Thursday 7th April will then go on resale later this month at a time to be confirmed.

Last week, Emily Eavis penned a piece for The Guardian encouraging ticket-holders to use their vote in the EU referendum.

The EU referendum, deciding the UK’s future either inside or outside the European Union, will take place on Thursday 23rd June, the second day of Glastonbury Festival, and festival-goers will need to register for either a postal vote or a proxy vote (where you nominate someone to do it for you) ahead of the festival.

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