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Florence joins Glasto hall of fame

Florence + the Machine have joined a musical hall of fame by headlining at the world-famous Glastonbury Festival.

While most artists would have months to prepare for the major live performance in front of more than 100,000 people, a last minute schedule change saw the band promoted to the coveted slot which has previously been claimed by some of the greatest musicians of all time.

To the disappointment of many ticket holders the Foo Fighters were forced to pull out from headlining when frontman Dave Grohl broke his leg, and festival co-organiser Emily Eavis said the most natural move was to promote British singer Florence Welch and her band.

Campers who have braved downpours and are battling muddy fields roared as Welch stepped on stage.

The Libertines made a surprise appearance as the supporting act, storming the world-famous pyramid stage.

The indie-pop band were a secret addition to the line-up to fill the empty slot created by Florence + the Machine's promotion.

Crowds cheered as the once troubled frontman Pete Doherty walked on stage grinning and holding a bottle of beer.

The band lived up to their rock and roll nature by smoking and drinking throughout their set.

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