Maximo Park to open Glastonbury Festival

Maximo Park have revealed that they will be the official opening band for Glastonbury Festival and the first group to play the new William Green area.

The Geordie outfit will play in the new arena at 4pm on the Thursday (25 June) of the event to around 1,500 fans with speakers and screens allowing other festival-goers to watch from outside.

Speaking about their appearance at the event, lead singer Paul Smith said: "Glastonbury's still a festival that takes chances, as proven by Jay-Z's triumphant appearance last year, so it's an honour for us to be the first band on, in such intimate surroundings.

"It's also an excuse to hang out and watch loads of brilliant music 'til we play the Other Stage on Saturday!"

The new arena is named after Michael Eavis’ granddad William Green, who first planted crops on the festival site. It will be housed between the Pyramid Stage and the Acoustic Field.

Bruce Springsteen
, Neil Young and Blur will headline this year's Glastonbury Festival 2009 which take place at Worthy Farm, Pilton in Somerset from 24-28 June.

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