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Sir Bruce Forsyth to play Hop Farm Festival in Kent

Sir Bruce Forsyth
Image caption Sir Bruce Forsyth's album includes a duet with his granddaughter

Sir Bruce Forsyth is to share a stage with Bob Dylan, Suede and Primal Scream at a music festival in Kent.

The veteran entertainer and Strictly Come Dancing host is performing with his big band at Hop Farm Music Festival in Paddock Wood in July.

Sir Bruce, 84, recently made his musical comeback by releasing an album of standards after signing with EMI.

"I am honoured. He will be the talking point of the festival," said Hop Farm Festival organiser Vince Power.

"Not only has he never appeared at a festival, he's never been to a festival.

"He has been in this business for over 70 years and is a true, true legend."

Sir Bruce's album includes a duet with his granddaughter Sophie Purdie.

Other acts announced for the three-day festival, which kicks off on 29 July, include Peter Gabriel, Damien Rice, Patti Smith, The Stranglers and Billy Ocean.

Last year's festival at Paddock Wood, which has been running since 2008, saw Prince perform his first open air gig in England since 1993.

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