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Beyoncé Will Headline Britain's Glastonbury Festival

Singer is the only artist announced so far

February 11, 2011 10:20 AM ET
Beyoncé Will Headline Britain's Glastonbury Festival
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Beyoncé has been announced as one of the headliners of the Glastonbury Festival in England this summer. The singer is set to close out the final day of the event, which runs from June 22nd to June 26th in the town of Pilton. This will be her first time performing at the festival, though she says she attended in 2008 as a fan.

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No other artists have been announced as part of this year's bill. Nevertheless, tickets for the event sold out in about four hours after they went on sale in October.

Beyoncé to headline Glastonbury [BBC]

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