Metallica has been announced as the Saturday night headliners on the Pyramid Stage at this year’s Glastonbury festival.
Metallica will join the previously announced headliners Arcade Fire and Kasabian at the event in Somerset on June 25-29.
It marks Metallica’s debut appearance at Worthy farm and it is the first time a heavy metal band have headlined the event.
Tickets for this year sold out in just one hour and 27 minutes in October.
The news of Metallica’s booking echoes that of the announcement in 2008 that Jay Z was to become the first rapper to fill the coveted Pyramid Stage headline slot.
The rapper won over critics with his exuberant performance, cheekily taking to the stage with a guitar and singing along to Oasis’ song Wonderwall.
Other artists playing this summer include Dolly Parton, De La Soul, Manic Street Preachers and Ed Sheeran.
Hundreds of other acts will play across more than 100 stages at the festival in Somerset.