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Foo Fighters will headline the Friday night at this year’s Glastonbury festival.

The rock band announced the news after being named best international band at the NME Awards.

In a video message, singer Dave Grohl confirmed they were returning in the summer for the festival. They’re the first big act to be announced.

Foo Fighters were unable to attend the ceremony in person, but Dave Grohl sent a video acceptance speech instead.Foo Fighters to headline Glastonbury 2015

“We’re very thankful and very happy – sorry we couldn’t make it tonight, but we will be seeing you over the summer at some big outdoor festival that nobody knows we’re playing. It’s Glastonbury.

“So we’ll see you at Glastonbury – thanks a lot everybody.”

Co-organizer of the festival, Emily Eavis, was at the award ceremony: “They are one of the greatest live bands on the planet, they’re just incredible.

“I mean Dave Grohl just ignites the field and will do something phenomenal. You so rely on those incredible live bands to take you somewhere else.”

Foo Fighters are already playing a series of dates later this year.

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Blondie are to collect Godlike Genius award for their life’s work at the NME Awards in London later this month.

The veteran group, who are celebrating their 40th year together, will receive the magazine’s Godlike Genius award at a ceremony on February 26.

“It’s out of proportion, but it’s nice to be recognized,” said lead singer Debbie Harry.

Arctic Monkeys are frontrunners for the awards with eight nominations, including best British band.

Blondie are to collect Godlike Genius award for their life's work at the NME Awards in London

Blondie are to collect Godlike Genius award for their life’s work at the NME Awards in London

Previous recipients of NME‘s lifetime achievement accolade have been largely British and include Joy Division, Paul Weller and Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr.

“I find it particularly interesting that there aren’t many Americans who’ve been given this award before, so that’s flattering,” added Debbie Harry.

NME‘s editor Mike Williams said the band had been chosen in their anniversary year, adding: “They rewrote the rule book in the late ’70s by dragging punk rock to the top of the charts.”

Mike Williams called Debbie Harry, 68, “the most iconic front-woman rock ‘n’ roll has ever produced”.

Blondie shot to fame in the late 1970s with a string of hits including Heart of Glass, Picture This and Hanging on the Telephone.

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