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Glastonbury Festival 2014 headliners and acts leaked

By Shepton Mallet Journal  |  Posted: April 01, 2014

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Did we fool you?

Anyone scouring the 'leaked line-up' for this year's Glastonbury Festival might have noticed a few clues in the poster found by our fictitious street cleaner.

The road-sweeper's name was an anagram of 'April Fool', and the first letter of the acts announced on the Pyramid and Other stages spelt out the words 'April Fool'.

Among the 90 per cent fictional bands on the line-up were members of staff from the Wells Journal, Central Somerset Gazette, Shepton Mallet Journal and Cheddar Valley Gazette.

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Several of the fake bands included the word 'fool', 'April', or in one case 'April Fools', and the William Blake quote at the top clearly referred to fools.

Our readers were quick to dismiss the story as an obvious hoax.

Simon Baker-Cooke wrote on our Facebook page: "Nice to see April O'fool playing the Acoustic stage."

Alex Brown added: "This is excellent. Can't wait to see Bede MacGowan and his band step onto the main stage. You on after Iron Maiden?"

While Lisa Warlow said. "Gutted I'm not going, cos I would've loved to see It's a jokeright and One Direction."

The original story follows below:

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THE GLASTONBURY Festival line-up for 2014 has been leaked - by a street cleaner who found a draft publicity poster dropped on the floor.

The poster looks genuine but is clearly an early draft, with artists like Prince crossed off in red pen. But rumours of this being a year for great rock lock likely to be true with Iron Maiden and Led Zeppelin on the Pyramid Stage, rather than Metallica.

Coldplay appear to also be struck off, maybe in the wake of news that Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow are to split up. But the inclusion of One Direction makes up for that, right?

Other alleged highlights include Adele, Sladest, Ringo Starr, Elbow, Manic Street Preachers and Engelbert Humperdink.

Though confirmed acts like The Black Keys seem to be absent, pointing at the poster being an early mock up.

Ripal Olof, 38, of Shepton Mallet, was sweeping the streets of Pilton at 3am this morning when he spotted a colourful piece of A3 paper on the kerbside. Rescuing it before it vanished up the chutes of his cleaning machine, he couldn't believe what he found.

Mr Olof said: "I wanted to get tickets for the festival but failed. This looks like a great line-up which makes me even more sorry not to go. But I have to admit I don't recognise most of the bands and musicians playing."

How did the poster fall on the street? The best guess is it was accidentally dropped by staff busy setting up Worthy Farm in advance of June 25.

You can see the full poster here.

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