UPDATE: Gorillaz replace U2 at Glastonbury

Gorillaz have been announced as U2's replacement at this year's Glastonbury Festival, as first revealed by Virtual Festivals.

The band will replace Bono and Co as bill-toppers on Pyramid Stage on the Friday (25 June) night.

Following two highly successful African Express shows at Glastonbury and an unforgettable headline show with Blur last year, Gorillaz's star Damon Albarn has become the go to man for Glastonbury Festival organisers.

Gorillaz is his only project to not get an airing at Worthy Farm but with some of the group’s latest album collaborators including Mos Def and Snoop Dogg already onsite over the weekend the decision seemed like a no-brainer.

Speaking about the news, 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.

"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."

Murdoc from Gorillaz added: "We're like some great big horrible warship pulling in to the Bay of Glastonbury to save the day. It was us or The Beatles and they split up years ago. The previous soldiers got pulled from duty last minute so it's up to my Plastic Beach naval cavalry to sail in and sort the battlefield out. I can assure you though, I'm bringing extra troops. Loads of them. Glastonbury will be ours…cutlasses drawn, trumpets ready. We're coming in…"

They join Muse and Stevie Wonder at the top of the bill with Orbital, Dizzee Rascal, The Flaming Lips, Pet Shop Boys and more to perform over the weekend as well.

Click here to see the latest Glastonbury Festival line-up.

Glastonbury Festival 2010 will take place at Worthy Farm, Pilton in Somerset from 23-27 June.

Glastonbury Festival 2010 is completely sold out.