U2 to headline U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival

Will play the first day of the event on June 25 in Somerset

LONDON -- U2 has been confirmed as a headline act for the U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival in 2010.

The Irish band will make their first appearance at the festival in Somerset next year, which also marks 40 years since the first Glastonbury Festival.

U2 headlines the first day of the event on June 25, 2010. The band will break from its North American tour to play the U.K. festival, which has a total capacity of 177,500,

"I promised the best possible line-up for the show next year and the confirmation that U2 will play their first ever Glastonbury - and their first major festival gig since the early 1980s - is fantastic news," said festival organizer Michael Eavis in a statement. "We've been trying for years... And now we've finally made it happen. I'm sure they will pull out all the stops to make next year's Glastonbury the most memorable ever."