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The Cure and Mumford and Sons to headline Lollapalooza

Robert Smith, lead singer for The Cure, on stage in France, July 2012
Image caption The Cure have never performed at Lollapalooza before

Modern rock legends The Cure are booked to headline the Lollapalooza music festival for the first time, alongside Mumford and Sons, organisers have said.

The Killers and Nine Inch Nails, part of the Chicago festival's first line-up in 1991, will also perform, founder Perry Farrell has said.

Phoenix, Thievery Corporation, Tegan and Sara, Cat Power, Lana Del Rey and Vampire Weekend are also confirmed.

More than 130 acts have been booked to play the festival on 2-4 August.

"It is so exciting to have The Cure at Lollapalooza for the first time because I love The Cure and we've never had them," said Farrell, lead singer for Jane's Addiction.

"It's always frustrated me and made me feel incomplete and now I can feel complete and die."

Meanwhile, Mumford and Sons are returning as headliners just three years after their last performance at Lollapalooza in 2010, when they played during the day.

Image caption Last time, Mumford and Sons performed in the middle of the day at Lollapalooza

Mumford and Sons' latest album, Babel, has sold more than one million copies.

The line-up reflects a mix of genres - indie bands, singer-songwriters, country, hip-hop, rock and electronic acts.

The musicians will be travelling to the festival from all over the world.

"We don't look to stylise our line-up so much as we just stay away from pop garbage," Farrell said, adding that he considers himself a curator in his role arranging the festival line-up.

"Sometimes it's not what I'm going to do. It's what I'm not going to do that sets your trend."

The festival will take place at Chicago's Grant Park for the ninth year, and three-day passes for the festival have already sold out.

Some one-day passes are still available.

Previous headliners included Lady Gaga, Green Day, Eminem and Coldplay.

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