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Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is to headline the Pyramid Stage at this year's Glastonbury Festival.

In a message to fans from Turin, where he starts his European tour tonight, Ed said it was "awesome". He first played the Pyramid stage in 2014, playing third on the bill on the Sunday, and this is his first appearance at the festival since then.

The "Shape of You" singer was announced on Thursday as the closing headliner behind Radiohead, who are billed to kick off the United Kingdom festival on June 23, while the Foo Fighters will lead the second night.

His first appearance was in 2011 on the Croissant Neuf stage, as well as the BBC Introducing Stage, ahead of the release of his debut album.

The "Shape of You" hitmaker ended weeks of speculation with an Instagram video, in which he hailed the news he will close the iconic music event at Somerset's Worthy Farm on 25 June as "awesome".

Ed has never headlined the popular British festival before, but he announced his plans to do so in 2015, telling the Press Association, "The next festival I do will be headlining Glastonbury, but it just won't be next year".

Lady Gaga is also rumoured to be playing, after being spotted backstage a year ago.