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Glastonbury's line-up topped by Kasabian

Image caption Kasabian will headline the Pyramid Stage on Sunday

Glastonbury Festival has added another 87 names to the bill including Kasabian, Jack White, Elbow and MIA.

The festival tweeted a link to a picture on its website, before Kasabian confirmed on their own Twitter feed that they are Sunday's Pyramid Stage headliners and will close the festival.

The line-up also features Pixies, Jake Bugg, Robert Plant and James Blake.

Friday night headliners Arcade Fire and Dolly Parton were among those already confirmed to play the festival in June.

"It's really important for us to keep giving British bands that opportunity to headline here," organiser Emily Eavis told BBC 6 Music.

"Kasabian are a massive live act, they're brilliant live. It just seemed a sort of natural choice for us."

Other new acts announced include MGMT, Brian Ferry, Kelis, Metronomy and De La Soul.

Rudimental, Manic Street Preachers, London Grammar and Ed Sheeran are also set to play across more than 100 stages at the festival in Somerset between 25-29 June.

Saturday night's Pyramid Stage headliner is still yet to be announced, although Eavis said there was definitely one in place.

"We've got it all booked, it was all confirmed a couple of weeks ago. We can't give you that yet, just for contractual reasons, but it will be with you soon," she said.

"The full lineup, the thousands and thousands of acts, will be with you in May," she added. "This is a few handpicked acts to give you a taster."

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Image caption Dolly Parton, Arcade Fire and Jack White will all make their only UK festival appearances at Glastonbury this year
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Image caption Rudimental have invested heavily in their live show
Image caption Jake Bugg is one of 87 new acts announced today

Recently, acts such as Lana Del Rey and the Black Keys had confirmed their own appearances, joining Lily Allen, Disclosure, Blondie, Suzanne Vega and Warpaint on the bill.

'A big deal'

In February, Dolly Parton said she was "incredibly excited" to be playing the Sunday afternoon "legend slot" on the Pyramid Stage, following last year's appearance from her friend and contemporary Kenny Rogers.

White Stripes star Jack White is set to play a exclusive UK festival date at Glastonbury's Pyramid stage.

"Getting Jack White was a really big deal for us, he's got a history here that goes way back," said Eavis.

"He's had some really brilliant moments here across all the stages. So when he said he wanted to play here and didn't want to do any other festivals, it means a lot to us."

Eavis said securing US alt-rock act Pixies was also "a big deal".

"They haven't played here since 1989, so that's been a long time coming," she said.

Tickets for this year sold out in just one hour and 27 minutes in October, despite "technical difficulties" with online ticketing site See Tickets.

Festival goers who have paid their deposit have until just before midnight on Monday 7 April to pay their balance. Remaining tickets go on resale on 24 April for coach packages and 27 April for standard tickets.

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