News

Metallica first hard rock band to headline Glastonbury

Metallica first hard rock band to headline Glastonbury

METALLICA MAKES HISTORY:From left, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, Robert Trujillo and James Hetfield of Metallica arrive at the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, in Los Angeles. Photo: Associated Press/Jordan Strauss/Invision

Metallica have been announced as the first heavy rock act to headline Britain’s Glastonbury festival.

The group will fill the summer music event’s vacant headline slot on June 28 and join Kasabian and Arcade Fire as the main draws for the iconic weekend festival in Somerset, England.

The gig will mark Metallica’s debut appearance at Glastonbury, and serve as a warm-up for the band’s Sonisphere festival appearance at Knebworth Park, England in July.

Confirming the news on Thursday, festival founder Michael Eavis told the BBC, “They wanted to play for a long, long time and they’re one of the most amazing rock bands in the world; everywhere I go people say, ‘When are Metallica going to play?’ I said, ‘They will be here one day’, and this is their time now.”

Drummer Lars Ulrich says, “I feel ecstatic. We’ve been waiting for this phone call for years.”

Among the hundreds of acts set to perform at Glastonbury this summer, alongside the headliners, are Dolly Parton, De La Soul, Manic Street Preachers, Yoko Ono, Jake Bugg and Ed Sheeran.

Latest Headlines

in Local

Gunman In Rite Aid Robbery Is Dead

Fresh
GENERIC POLICE CRUISERS

(WGAN) State Police are confirming that a gunman who tried to hold up the Rite-Aid in Camden Monday night is dead.

in Local

SMCC, UNE Announce Partnership

SMCC UNE PARTNERSHIP 092514

Southern Maine Community College and the University of New England have created a partnership that allows students to transfer their credits.

in Local

Maine Airports to Get $5.8M in Federal Money

GENERIC AIRPORT LARGE

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) - Two Maine airports will receive $5.8 million in grants from the federal government for construction projects.

in Local

Marijuana Doc Reprimanded in Maine

Newsradio WGAN

A doctor who held a marijuana clinic at a hotel and failed to adequately document examinations has been reprimanded by the board that licenses physicians in Maine.

in Local

Maine’s Problematic Crabs Dwindled in 2014

GENERIC GREEN CRABS

Scientists say an explosion of invasive green crabs that threatens Maine's lucrative soft-shell clam industry appears to have tapered off, at least temporarily.