Jeff Lynne's ELO to Play Glastonbury Festival 2016

Austin Hargrave
Jeff Lynne photographed on Oct. 28, 2015 at The Draycott in London.

Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) will make the pilgrimage to Glastonbury Festival this year to play the Pyramid Stage on the final night, organizers have announced. 

ELO, which is the first major act confirmed to the 2016 bill, will occupy the so-called “legend slot” at "teatime" on Sunday June 26, a position filled last year by Lionel Richie and by Dolly Parton in 2014. 

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A set on Glastonbury’s main stage is a handsome reward for ELO, a group on the comeback trail which last year released its first album of new music in 15 years, Alone in the Universal. The recording reached No. 4 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart and No. 23 on the Billboard 200, and was the first to drop following a new contract Columbia Records struck with Lynne, ELO’s producer, songwriter, arranger, lead singer and guitarist.

ELO, which has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide over its career, has surprisingly never before played Glastonbury. The group will tour arenas throughout the U.K. and Europe in the leadup to their Glastonbury performance.

This year’s fest runs June 22-26 at Eavis’ Worthy Farm in Somerset, south west England. Tickets for Glastonbury 2016 have already sold out.