Lou Reed and Mark E Smith to Join Gorillaz at Glastonbury

    Gorillaz are one of the main draws at the Glastonbury Festival in the U.K. this weekend after they stepped in to replace the ailing U2 at the last minute. Naturally, some big name special guests are being lined up for their slot, and Damon Albarn has confirmed that Lou Reed will appear.


    “Lou Reed’s arriving and, fingers crossed, coming straight to rehearsal. And then we watch the game,” Albarn said, referring to the World Cup. Expect Paul Simonon and Mick Jones from the Clash to appear alongside Albarn and Reed, although the most erratic contribution may come form the Fall’s Mark E Smith, who is also set to perform.


    “We’ve got about 50 or 60 people at one point on stage,” said Albarn. This might be the most spectacular Gorillaz show yet, and while we await inevitable YouTube video footage, the Guardian is streaming an exclusive Jamie Hewlett cartoon about the band, titled The Story So Far.