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Kanye West tops Glastonbury bill

Kanye West has been confirmed as one of this year's headline acts at the Glastonbury Festival.

The rap superstar will top the Saturday bill at the June event, Emily Eavis, daughter of the festival's founder Michael, revealed on Twitter tonight.

It raises the prospect of socialite Kim Kardashian donning a pair of wellies to watch him take to the Pyramid Stage for his first appearance at the festival, famous for its mud during wet years.

Ms Eavis tweeted: "We are thrilled to let you know we have the one and only Kanye West headlining Saturday night on the Pyramid stage!"

West, in the UK charts with his track FourFive Seconds which includes Rihanna and Sir Paul McCartney, is the latest act confirmed for the June 24-28 festival.

Foo Fighters will headline the Pyramid Stage on the Friday, making their first appearance at the Somerset festival since 1998.

Tickets for the event have been sold out since October, but a resale is planned in April for any cancelled and returned tickets.

West follows in the footsteps of fellow hip-hop superstar Jay Z with his Saturday night slot.

The American, who is married to Beyonce, caused controversy when picked in 2008, attracting the scorn of then Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher, who blamed the failure to sell all the festival tickets on the decision. Gallagher claimed it was ''wrong'' to have a hip-hop headliner.

''If it ain't broke, don't fix it," Gallagher said. "If you start to break it then people aren't going to go. I'm sorry, but Jay-Z? No chance.

''Glastonbury has a tradition of guitar music and even when they throw the odd curve ball in on a Sunday night you go 'Kylie Minogue?'

''I don't know about it. But I'm not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. It's wrong.''

But despite all the naysayers, when Jay Z took the stage - opening with his own version of Wonderwall - the crowd were mesmerised and his set declared a huge success.

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