Glastonbury First Artist of 2015 Is ... Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

Lionel Richie. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

Glastonbury First Artist of 2015 Is … Lionel Richie

by Roger Wink, VVN Music on December 1, 2014

in Live,News

Lionel Richie is the first artist officially announced for the 2015 Glastonbury Festival in Britain.

Glastonbury has been putting veteran artists on its main stage for a number of years, giving a showcase spot to singers like Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Neil Diamond and, last year, Dolly Parton who was the surprise hit of the festival. For Parton, it propelled her into her biggest year ever in the U.K. with the number 2 album Blue Smoke which continues to sell well almost six months after release.

Glastonbury organizer Emily Eavis said in a statement “We are over the moon. We’ve had some amazing performances in the Sunday teatime slot over the years, from Neil Diamond, Shirley Bassey, Paul Simon and many others. And, of course, Dolly Parton played an incredible set this year. So we felt very lucky to get the call from a true Motown legend asking to play next year. He’s got so many amazing songs, to see him perform here on the farm is just going to be wonderful.”

Richie said “I’m really excited to play Glastonbury next year as it’s one of the most iconic festivals in the world. It has a phenomenal history and the alumni of artists who have previously played is incredible so I’m honored to be joining that club. It will be a really special moment for me and I can’t wait to share it with everyone. I can now say ‘Yes, I’m playing Glastonbury.’”

The Glastonbury Festival is, arguably, the biggest festival of the year in England with this year’s event scheduled from June 24 to 28.

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