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Florence and the Machine to replace Foo Fighters

Published 17/06/2015

Florence Welch
Florence Welch

Florence and the Machine have been confirmed as Glastonbury headliners following the Foo Fighters' injury exit.

Last night the American rockers announced that they won't be playing the iconic British festival because of the recent fall that left frontman Dave Grohl with a broken leg.

However, festival organiser Emily Eavis has revealed Florence has stepped up to the challenge and will be headlining the Pyramid Stage on Friday June 26.

"Once we heard... Foo Fighters had been forced to pull out, there was only one person we wanted to call and that was Florence," Emily said, reports BBC.

The Ship to Wreck performers had been scheduled to play the slot before the Foo Fighters.

In a further disappointment to fans the US band have been forced to pull out of their Wembley Stadium, London dates as well as several more European gigs as part of their Sonic Highways tour.

Dave took a tumble last Friday when the band were playing Gothenburg, Sweden. He told the audience he thought he'd broken his leg, before seeking medical help. He managed to finish the rest of the gig sitting down with his leg in a cast.

Fans have been anxious all week over whether the Foo Fighters would make their British shows, but Dave was the bearer of bad news yesterday.

In a lengthy post on the band's website the 46-year-old made light of the situation, before revealing how serious it really was.

"Here’s the not so witty bit…….My doctors have advised me to lay low for a while. The most important thing now is for me to recover from the surgery, to keep my leg elevated so as to keep swelling down and prevent any infection/complication that could do long term damage. I’m not out of the woods yet, folks…

"Which means, and it kills me to say it…..the doctors have told us to cancel shows. I’m really so sorry, guys," he wrote, adding "PS…….Kanye…..Imma let you have this one….. (sic)"

Kanye West is Saturday night's headline act.

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