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The final line-up for this year's Glastonbury festival has been unveiled, with Queens of the Stone Age and Rick Astley among the newly added artists.

Queens of the Stone Age will headline The Other Stage on Sunday, June 26, going head-to-head with Sir Elton John, who will be performing the last show of his farewell tour on the Pyramid Stage.

Other notable additions to the line-up include Tom Grennan and Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

Arctic Monkeys and Guns N' Roses will also join Elton John as headliners.

One intriguing addition to the bill is a band called The ChurnUps, who are set to perform on the Pyramid Stage on Friday evening. The group is not available on streaming services, leading to speculation that it could be a surprise guest, with potential candidates including Blur and Pulp.

In the coveted Sunday afternoon "legend slot," folk singer-songwriter Yusuf, also known as Cat Stevens, will take the stage. He follows in the footsteps of previous legends such as Diana Ross, Kylie Minogue, and Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees.

Blondie, the new wave pop band, will perform immediately after Stevens, creating a special "double legend" slot.

Other highlights of the diverse line-up include pop star Lizzo, Eurovision winners Måneskin, BBC Sound of 2023 winners Flo, and experimental pop alchemists Sparks.

Rick Astley is scheduled to perform on the Pyramid Stage on Saturday, while Sophie Ellis-Bextor will bring her kitchen disco vibes to the same timeslot on the following day.

Rap provocateur Lil Nas X will warm up the crowd before Sir Elton's Sunday night performance, and Lana Del Rey will headline The Other Stage on Saturday.

The Avalon stage offers an eclectic mix of acts, including The Damned, Will Young, Jake Shears (formerly of Scissor Sisters), riotous indie act Lottery Winners, and Spice Girl Melanie C, whose DJ set was a highlight of Glastonbury 2022.

The John Peel Stage has been renamed "Woodsies," with the area revamped to create a more relaxed and natural atmosphere, complete with treetop aerial walkways. The stage will feature performances from Christine and the Queens, Rina Sawayama, Caroline Polachek, and promising newcomers The Last Dinner Party, culminating in a headline set by French pop-rock heroes Phoenix on Sunday night.

Undoubtedly, Sir Elton will be the biggest attraction of the festival as he brings his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour to a close.

The full line-up and stage times can be found on the BBC Glastonbury site and the official Glastonbury homepage, providing fans with the challenging task of planning their festival experience among nearly 3,000 acts across 82 stages.

With inevitable scheduling clashes, Saturday night poses a particularly tough decision, with Lana Del Rey, Guns N' Roses, Fatboy Slim, Loyle Carner, and Christine and the Queens all performing simultaneously.

Gates for the festival will open at 08:00 BST on Wednesday, June 23. Photo by Bennydigital, Wikimedia commons.