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Paul Weller and Soul II Soul join T in the Park bill

Paul Weller
Image caption Paul Weller headlined the second ever T in the Park festival in 1995

A host of established and up-and-coming musical stars have been added to the bill for this year's T in the Park festival.

Paul Weller, Wilko Johnson and Soul II Soul will perform alongside Biffy Clyro, Ed Sheeran, Calvin Harris and Arctic Monkeys at Balado this summer.

A number of breakthrough acts including Earl Sweatshirt, Wilkinson and Jess Glynn have also joined the lineup.

The festival will be held on the weekend of 11 to 13 July.

Former The Jam and Style Council musician Weller, known as the Modfather, has been a fixture on the British music scene for decades.

He headlined the second ever T in the Park in 1995 and performed at the first festival to be held at Balado in 1997.

Weller will be playing alongside one of his biggest musical influences in Wilko Johnson, the former Dr Feelgood guitarist who also recently appeared on HBO TV series Game of Thrones as executioner Ilyn Payne.

Soul II Soul became a household name in the 1980s after winning a Grammy award for their hit Back to Life, and are appearing at T in the Park as part of their 25th anniversary celebrations.

Image caption Ticket sales are reported to be selling well for this year's festival at Balado

Festival director Geoff Ellis described Weller as "a true icon of British music".

He added: "When Wilko Johnson takes to the stage I think it'll be a very special moment - he's had a seminal influence on the country's music scene, and is one of Weller's own heroes.

"Soul II Soul were similarly groundbreaking when they rose to prominence in the 80s, and their set will be pretty spectacular also.

"Plus we're delighted to be bringing some of the most hotly tipped new breakthrough acts to this year's festival too - there's a lot of buzz about these acts right now."

Earl Sweatshirt, the youngest member of Los Angeles hip-hop collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, is one of the most hotly anticipated new acts appearing, after his solo album Doris went down well with critics.

Drum and bass electronica producer Wilkinson is also hotly tipped, after remixing established artists including Chase & Status and Professor Green.

And singer Jess Glynn has already featured on two chart-topping hits this year - fellow T in the Park act Clean Bandit's number one dance track Rather Be and Route 94's My Love.

The LaFontaines, The Amazing Snakeheads, Darlia, Charli XCX and Little Matador are also among the newcomers on the bill.

Alongside the headliners, other acts performing at the three-day festival include Ellie Goulding, Manic Street Preachers, Pixies, Jake Bugg, Elbow, and Paolo Nutini.

Ticket sales for the event have been going strongly, with Saturday day tickets already sold out.

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